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Cherise Leiter

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Cherise Leiter


Cherise Leiter (b. Florida) is an American composer and educator.

Ms. Leiter received a Bachelor of Music degree in music theory and a Master of Music degree in composition from the University of Florida where she studied with Dr. Budd Udell. She relocated to Colorado and is currently professor of music at Metropolitan State College of Denver, where she teaches music theory and composition.

A composer whose output includes works for choir, piano, voice, carillon, orchestra and assorted chamber ensembles, her compositions have been performed throughout the United States, Canada, Scotland, France, Italy, Romania, and Japan. She was CSMTA’s 2004 commissioned composer, and her work The Life in a Day for flute/alto flute, guitar, and cello was recorded by Dr. Michelle Stanley and released on the Centaur label in May 2007. Her works have been finalists in the Ithaca College 25th Annual Choral Composition Contest, the Outside the Bach’s Competition, the Flute New Music Competition, and the Columbia Summer Winds 2016 Composition Contest. She won the Braintree/Nashoba Valley Chorale choral competition and the Ars Nova Composition Competition, and her cycle Love Letters from a War was a vocal winner in the Boston Metro Opera call and received an Honorable Mention from the 2010 NATS competition. Her American Folk Suite, a cycle for soprano and flute, received a Merit Award from Boston Metro Opera in 2014.

She has been a featured composer at the New Music Symposium in Colorado Springs, the University of Central Missouri’s New Music Festival, the Aspen Composer’s Conference, the Hartford (Connecticut) Women Composer Festival, the Atlantic Center for the Arts, Brush Creek Foundation for the Arts, and at June in Buffalo. She is a member of ASCAP.

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