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Cathy Elliott

Cathy Elliott

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).

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Primary Instrument


Willing to teach

Beginner to advanced


Berklee Instituto de Musica Contemporanea—USFQ, Head of Vocal Department, Head of Ear Training Department, Choir Director Universidad de Espiritu Santu—Vocal Workshop Colegio Menor Americano--Vocal Workshop Music Director—Mosholu Montefiore Community Center Adjudicator—Nat’l NAACP ACT-SO competition Co-Creator/clinician of The Colden Center Jazz Residency Project Manna House—sight-singing, theory Shaw Heritage Trust Summer Program—African American music Cleveland School of the Arts—theory, sight singing


Album The Turning Point by Cathy Elliott

The Turning Point

Self Produced



Dianne Reeves Dianne Reeves
voice / vocals
Cassandra Wilson Cassandra Wilson
voice / vocals
Maria Schneider Maria Schneider
Grant Green Grant Green
Benny Carter Benny Carter
saxophone, alto

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