(Photo credit: Hardy Klahold Photography)

Born in Florida, Cherise Leiter received a B. M. in

Music Theory and an M. M. in Composition from

the University of Florida where she studied with

Dr. Budd Udell. She is currently Professor of Music at Metropolitan State University of Denver, teaching

music theory and composition.


A composer whose output includes works for choir,

piano, voice, band, orchestra and assorted chamber

ensembles; her compositions have been performed

throughout the United States, Canada, Scotland,

France, Italy, Romania, and Japan. She was a featured

composer at the New Music Symposium, the University

of Central Missouri’s New Music Festival, the Aspen

Composer’s Conference, the Women Composers Festival,

the Atlantic Center for the Arts, June in Buffalo, the

Music By Women Festival, and Brush Creek Foundation

for the Arts.


In her spare time, Ms. Leiter is an avid knitter, hiker,

swimmer, cook, and bibliophile. She also has a vested

interest in anything made of chocolate. 

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