Born: August 5, 1974
Cathy Elliott (vocalist, composer, arranger, pianist) was raised in the Washington, DC area and has played piano, sung and composed from an early age. By 10, she was competing in piano competitions. At 11, she was invited to study with Helmut Braunlich, member of the composition faculty at The Catholic University Music School. In high school, she won a Mitsubishi scholarship to study voice privately with Susan Dash.
She has written music for the Richmond Symphony Orchestra as well as the Cleveland Chamber Symphony. Her arranging work has been heard on NPR’s “Morning Edition.” She has won a grant from the American Composers Forum to write a piece celebrating the renaissance and history of the U street area of Washington, DC. The work was performed with Ms. Elliott on vocals along with such notable musicians as bassist Steve Novacel, trombonist Calvin Jones and trumpeter Webster Young. Ms. Elliott has traveled to Africa where she was a vocalist for Dzimbo Dzavadzimu, a collaborative music and dance show. Performances were held in Zimbabwe and South Africa at the International Grahamstown Fine Arts Festival. She has composed music or been the MD for a number of theater productions and film shorts including the Signature Theater production of Adrienne Kennedy's Funnyhouse of a Negro, performed at the Public Theater, Hamlet, To Be Young, Gifted and Black, The Tapestry by Alexis DeVeaux War Music; by Jonathan Logue, and Gospel at Colonus (Breuer and Telson)....