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NYWC July 2024 Spotlight: Alyssa Reit

We are excited to continue our collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC). This month, we present a piece by Alyssa Reit.

NYWC Spotlight Alyssa Reit “Where?”

Alyssa Reit is a renowned composer, arranger, harpist, and storyteller whose work spans a wide range of musical and theatrical genres. This month, the Cello Museum’s NYWC Spotlight series features her jazzy unaccompanied cello piece, “Where?”

Alyssa has performed with prestigious ensembles like the Orchestra of St. Luke’s, the Pittsburgh Symphony, and the Metropolitan Opera, as well as contemporary music groups and traditional Irish bands. Alongside her husband, French hornist Peter Reit, she regularly performs throughout the New York metropolitan area.

As the founder and artistic director of Singing Harp, Alyssa has crafted innovative presentations of fairy tales, myths, and classic stories through music and drama. Her compositions and arrangements have been performed at notable events and festivals worldwide, and her works include solos for a broad range of instruments as well as chamber music, choral pieces, and string orchestra compositions.

Featured Work: Where? for unaccompanied cello


  • Title: Where?
  • Composer: Alyssa Reit
  • Year of Composition: 2006
  • Instrumentation: unaccompanied cello
  • Movements: 1
  • Duration of Work: 4 min. at the slowest tempo (quarter note = c.116)
  • Number of Measures: 89
  • Number of pages: 3
  • Tempo: can range from quarter note = 116 to quarter note = 144
  • Difficulty Level: technically intermediate
  • Highest Position Reached: 7th position/thumb, depending on fingering
  • Techniques Employed: no special techniques, frequent meter changes, tenor and bass clefs
  • Publisher: Self-Published (7 Stars Publishing)
  • Where to Purchase the Score: Email the composer
  • Cost of Score*: $12 plus shipping


This piece has not yet been recorded. Please let us know if you make a recording. You can hear it performed on trombone at the bottom of Alyssa Reit’s website’s “About” page.

Program Notes

“Where?” was written primarily for fun. In another sense, it addresses some of the basic questions that greet everyone at the beginning of the day:  “Where will my life go next?  Where will I find myself internally? Where will I find what I am seeking?”

Musically, the piece is an exploration of a series of journeys and returns, expressed in short melodic adventures separated by regular returns to the opening thematic idea. The overall style could be called “contemporary classical,” but definitely has a tonal orientation, with a slightly commercial flavor.” – Alyssa Reit

Performance Notes

“The markings in this piece indicate as closely as possible how I hear it. Please take these markings as suggestions only. What makes this music come alive may be different for each person.” – Alyssa Reit

Alyssa Reit’s Other Work with a Prominent Cello Part

How to Follow, Support, and Contact Alyssa Reit

A Collaboration with the New York Women Composers (NYWC)

The NYWC series at the Cello Museum was created to showcase its members who have composed various pieces for cello, informing cellists seeking new music to add to their repertoire, and helping listeners find new favorites. Many thanks to the NYWC for this wonderful collaboration.

Read other installments in the series here.

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