Coming Soon: The Listening (2/12/21)

The Listening: to be released 2/12/21

A social justice choral piece inspired by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s speech "Beyond Vietnam: A Time To Break Silence"

Composed by Cheryl B. Engelhardt
Featuring Donzaleigh Abernathy & Wes Felton
Introducing The Listening Choir

Read the feature here!

Head to The Listening page to learn more about this project.

Recent [Virtual] Collaborations

Choral Composer & Collaborator

Cheryl is a prolific composer who writes both music and lyrics. The New Yorker graduated from Cornell University with a degree in music, studied orchestration at Juilliard, and is a founding member and composer for the social justice choir VOICES 21C. Her commissioned pieces often end up being the glue that makes an entire program flow. Writing her own lyrics, meeting choirs in person, weeks months of research, and the ability to write powerful social justice text or laugh-out-loud lyrics is Cheryl's process that allows for a uniqueness, freedom, and customizability found only in her compositions. Scroll down to listen, view, purchase, or connect.

Look and listen


The scores below are for perusal purposes only. If you'd like to purchase (rent) the sheet music for your group, please email or scroll down to purchase one copy PER choir member, including ALL singers, conductors, and rehearsal accompanists. Thank you!

ALL choral pieces are available for license. Cheryl would love to have a conversation about working with you on a commissioned piece.  


The Listening SSATB (with solo, rap, and optional children's choir). A powerful piece of passion, justice, and compassion. An experience for singers and audience alike. 2.05 MB
Triomphe Féminin SSATB. With original text in both French and English that makes a statement about the feminine plight in a gentle yet powerful way. 2.39 MB
Andromeda SSATB. A piece that journeys from the norm with lush harmonies of movement and stacked chords. 1.06 MB
Taurus SATB with divas, Whistles, Snaps. A light, poignant piece about looking back at the funnier/finer moments of life. A piece that will make singers and audience smile. 1.43 MB
We SSATB. An introspective, tightly wound reflective piece. 423 KB
Hi SSATB. A perfect interlude piece that tugs at your heart with no words as to why. 73.1 KB
The Human Race SATB. In the pop style, saying something with a message of love and compassion. Nods to social justice. 530 KB
Alone, But Not SSAATTBB. A trickier piece for advanced choirs. 665 KB
The Solace of the Bells SSAATTBB. A great piece for discovery, for more advanced choirs. 619 KB

About Cheryl's Composing Career

Cheryl originally got her start in the choral world as a Greenwich Academy Madrigal, performing in the White House at age 16. Her time at Cornell University introduced her to the world of pop a capella, and her film-scoring career brought her to the world of epic choral production.

Finally finding her choir legs again, Cheryl has recently performed on stage with Sting in Rob Mathe's Choir of Saints, with Woodkid in Lincoln Center, and has toured in France, Israel and Mexico with the social justice project choir Voices 21C.

Her pieces "The Listening", "Triomphe Féminin" and "We" were debuted by Voices 21C. 2019 marks the year of her composer-in-residence with Ember Choir of New York City. The group performed "The Listening" as well as debuted "Andromeda" and the lighthearted comedy piece "Taurus", part of Cheryl's Star Suite.

"The Listening", a piece based on Martin Luther King Jr.'s "A Time To Break The Silence" speech has started inter-choral and scholastic conversations across the country. The 250 All New England Choir competition winners sung the piece in their final concert in the spring of 2019. The Unviersity of San Diego's choir performed the piece after director Emilie Amrein saw the piece debut in Mexico City. The piece will be performed at the Eastern Region of the ACDA in March 2020.