Cait Nishimura (b. 1991, Canada) is a Canadian composer and music educator.
Cait grew up in Aurora, Ontario, and spent summers in the small cottage town of Kinmount, Ontario, where her appreciation and adoration of skies, forests, and animals began. She moved to Toronto to pursue Bachelor of Music and a Bachelor of Education degrees at the University of Toronto, and she continues to live and work in the big city.
Her music draws inspiration from the beauty of the natural world and explores the ever-expansive realm of human emotion. Cait strives to present contemporary Canadian music that is accessible and approachable by musicians of all levels. Cait's work for concert band, Chasing Sunlight, was selected as the winner of the 2017 Canadian Band Association Composition Competition, and has since been added to the Music Fest Canada B300 syllabus.
While her favourite sound pallet to use is the wind ensemble, Cait writes music for a variety of large and small ensembles. Her music uses minimalist patterns, simple yet lush harmonies, and themes that linger in listeners' minds. Cait has had pieces premiered by ensembles at Kwantlen University, Unionville High School, Branksome Hall, and the Toronto Youth Choir, and her work is regularly programmed by students and professionals across North America.
Works for Winds
- Awaken (2016)
- Chasing Sunlight (2016)
- Into the Blue (2018)
- Lake Superior Suite (2017)
- Night Light (2011)
- Sunset Canvas (2008)
- The Sweet Sounds of Snowfall (2016)
- Cait Nishimura website Accessed 24 August 2017