The Origin Story

The sound of many Beginnings


A modern bard


Engaging Performance, Technical Excellence, and Thorough Knowledge.

Forged with these lofty ideals and tempered by the needs of the new millennium,

My name is Theodore Cheek and I am the Avant Bard.



Lute and violin specialist Theodore Cheek is in demand for both solo and ensemble performances. Not only has he performed solo recital tours in the United States, but has also been featured abroad as a guest artist in Europe and in the Caribbean. He also performs with ensembles such as the Philadelphia Choral Arts Society, the Penn Collegium Musicum, and the Haverford Chamber Singers.

He has quickly become a staple of the Baroque opera scene as he has appeared in a variety of productions with the Temple Monteverdi Project, the Amherst Early Music Festival, and the Peabody Chamber Opera. Among his appearances were performances of Monteverdi's Il Ritorno d'Ulisse, Cavalli's La Calisto and Orontea, as well as Charpentier's La Descente d'Orphee aux Enfers.

Cheek holds Masters degrees in both musicology and lute performance, both from the Peabody Conservatory. In addition to maintaining a private studio of students, he also teaches master classes at Temple University. The focus of his thesis research was on examining the reasons for the lute's disappearance, highlighting the style galant as well as the works of some of the last, prominent composers for the lute. At present, he looks to expand upon this research with the hopes of publishing on the subject.

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The Origin Story

by Theodore Cheek; Julie Bosworth, Corbin Phillips, Noelle McMurtry

Samples from the beginnings of my career, of performances that echoed in the halls of the Peabody Institute of Music.

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February, 2016 | Live at the 2016 Festival Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo

Pierre Attaignant Prélude, Sermisy Tant que vivray, Arbeau Basse Danse

Festival 2016 Conciertos de la Villa de Santo Domingo

Performers: Mark Cudek, Theodore Cheek, Alan Choo, Jeffrey Grabelle, Grace Srinivasan, Sarah Lynn, Aik Shin Tan


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