Bio


Cheryl Krugel-Lee is a Chicago-based music professional whose work spans both the commercial and classical worlds. She has composed scores for theatre productions and films, orchestrated and arranged for musicals and symphonic performances, collaborated with choreographers, and created numerous works for a concert setting. She has had her music performed at Carnegie Hall, Jones Hall in Houston, Texas, Dixon Place, and The Actors Temple Theatre. Recent collaborations include performances by the Houston and Toronto Symphonies, conducting the staged reading of "Scenes and Songs From Fannie Lou" by Felicia Hunter at Carnegie Hall, an evening-length dance production of Dry Bones: Resurrection of the Living, and 3.6 Miles Per Hour, a piece performed by the Bateira Trio at Carnegie Hall. In addition to her active freelance career, Cheryl worked as an assistant librarian at the New York Pops and is currently the Manager and Librarian of ensemble mise-en.

Her orchestration credits include "Honestly Abe", a musical about Abraham Lincoln that ran Off-Broadway at the Actors Temple Theatre for more than two years; "Anthropomorphic", written and directed by Timothy Young; and "Coal Keeps the Lights On", a movie musical written and directed by Adam Taylor. Her film score credits include "Lost Hero", directed by Michael Hall, "Imaginary Friend", directed by Daniel Stedman, "Giraffe-stronaut", directed and animated by Jacob Kafka, and a documentary about the Gallatin Arts Festival, directed by Charles Drexler. She has also written music for numerous web series, including "I Am Moral Courage", produced by Irshad Manji.

Cheryl earned her Master of Music degree from New York University where she studied primarily with Ira Newborn. She has also worked and studied with Emmy-winning composer and orchestrator, Larry Hochman. Cheryl graduated from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2009, earning a Bachelor of Music in Composition. At UIUC, she studied composition with Reynold Tharp, Zack Browning, Stephen Taylor, Rick Taube, Ed Martin, and Keeril Makan as well as orchestration with Reynold Tharp. In addition to her studies at UIUC, Cheryl has studied composition with Ronald Sadoff, Robert Hartmann, Jerica Oblak, and Michael Wartofsky. She has participated in master classes with Ira Newborn, David Spear, Julia Wolfe, Chen Yi, Deniz Hughes, Sonny Kompanek, and Tim Starnes.

In 2008, Cheryl worked as an assistant under Larry Hochman, orchestrating for projects such as the Radio City Christmas Spectacular and the Pushcart Players' "Happily Ever After (A Cinderella Tale)". Her trio "Shir Hashirim Perek Bet" for soprano, clarinet, and harp was premiered at the Hillels of Illinois Benefit Dinner in Chicago, Illinois in June of 2007. Cheryl has also worked extensively with the Illini Union Board, re-orchestrating the score of its 2007 production of "Pippin!" and creating additional orchestrations for its 2008 production of "Jekyll and Hyde"; she has also been credited with original and arranged pieces in productions at the Armory Free Theatre in Urbana, IL.