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WomenStories Star: Cheryl Gobbetti-Hoffman
Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman, who stars in the WomenStories video Recurrence and Metastasis, gave her fourth concert at Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall in New York on November 12th. She and two musical friends, oboist Cheryl Priebe Bishkoff and pianist Jacob Greenberg, presented a chamber music program that included solo works for each of them along with other ensemble works for two or three instruments—including the world premier of “Shorelong Voiceless” by David Schober, written for for piano, flute and oboe in response to the Katrina tragedy in New Orleans.

In the video Recurrence and Metastasis, Cheryl describes deciding to leave her job in the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra to pursue the “ideas and dreams that had been rustling around in her head” a year after her initial cancer diagnosis. She accepted an invitation to join the performance faculty of the University at Buffalo’s Music Department. A champion of her chosen instrument she has organized a flute advocacy group with the whimsical name of “Who-o-o-osh,” and in her faculty position she’s founded a large ensemble that performs under the name “Plosion.”

How did she get to Carnegie Hall at this point in life? While leafing through a magazine in a doctor’s office waiting room, Cheryl saw a Sunsweet Prunes advertisement for a “Realize Your Dream Come True” contest. Entrants were instructed to describe an unrealized dream in creative fashion; Sunsweet would facilitate the winner’s dream. Her contest entry became a summer project—remembering a girlhood dream to play a golden flute onstage in Carnegie Hall she wrote a poem cleverly incorporating all the buzz words she could find in the advertisement. She didn’t win, yet focusing her dreams and ideas helped her identify subsequent opportunities to indeed purchase the gold flute, and accept an invitation to play in Carnegie.

Cheryl recalls walking onstage in Weill Recital Hall at Carnegie Hall to play a solo recital, holding a gold flute ablaze with the reflections of loving family and friends in the audience. The Buffalo News describes Cheryl Gobbetti Hoffman as “a wonderful flutist, one with plenty of technique and grace enough to spare!”. She credits the richness of her continued life experience to the unlimited support and care of the emotional, intellectual, and medical networks that share so generously with her.

WomenStories is proud of Cheryl and all her achievements.