Great music begins with a single note.
Cedric Adderley’s music is praised for its beauty, imaginative use of color, and for its ability to communicate powerfully with a broad concert-going public without sacrificing complexity, artistic integrity, or technical finesse. His catalog includes works in every idiom from chamber music to musical theatre.
An accomplished composer and music educator, Cedric Adderley enjoys a multi-faceted career and maintains an active schedule of artistic engagements throughout the nation and abroad.
He has earned numerous accolades including winning the Detroit Symphony Orchestra’s annual composer search for his Symphony no.1 and being selected as Composer of the Year by the South Carolina Music Teachers Association.
His original music is featured on several commercial recordings including Distinguished Music for the Developing Band, volumes 1, 2, and 3 (Mark Custom Recordings) as well as The Adderley/Holliday Piano Duo Project (Albany Records). His works for band and orchestra are published by Grand Mesa and TRN Music Publishers.
Ensembles throughout the United States and abroad have performed the music of Cedric Adderley including the South Carolina Philharmonic, the Augusta Symphony, the Rutgers Philharmonia, the University of Miami Wind Ensemble, the Moravian Philharmonic, and the Bulgarian National Radio Symphony.
As a trumpeter and vocalist, he has performed with many legendary recording artists including Ray Charles, Olivia Newton-John, and Louie Bellson. He has also toured the southeastern United States with several variety bands including the O’Kaysions, known for the hit single I’m a Girl Watcher, and Shagtime, known for the hit single Mr. Beach.
A native of Columbia, South Carolina, Cedric Adderley earned a Bachelor’s degree in music education from East Carolina University and both the Master of Music and Doctor of Musical Arts in composition from the University of South Carolina.
He currently resides in Greenville, South Carolina and serves as the President of the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities.
Cedric Adderley is available for commissioned works, conducting, and other engagements. All music is available for purchase from the composer except where indicated as published by other agencies.
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