Since the her percussion ensemble sextet The Creation won the 2004 Percussive Arts Society Composition Contest, Cayenna has received international recognition as a composer of percussion music. The Creation, in addition to her other works for percussion have been performed by numerous percussionists and percussion ensembles internationally including the Utari Duo, Caixa Trio, Pedro Carniero, Gilmar Goulart and percussion ensembles at Ithaca College, the Boston Conservatory, San Francisco Conservatory, Juilliard, University of Kentucky and the Eastman Conservatory.

Her most recent composition, Contagion (2017) was commissioned and premiered by the Caixa Trio, University of Tennessee Martin, Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Texas in El Paso, and is scored for three solo percussionists and backing percussion quartet. The work explores the 'contagion' of ideas -- ideas that spread fear and division and those that emanate compassion and solidarity. It celebrates the cross-pollination of global music influences within percussion in the US through its instrumentation and the role of those instruments within the musical dialogue.

Cayenna's music is available by contacting her directly at cayenna [at]

Percussion Ensemble

Contagion (2017) [14']

Solo percussion trio w/percussion quartet (instrumentation)
Commissioned by the Caixa Trio,University of Tennessee Martin, Middle Tennessee State University and the University of Texas in El Paso
Performed by the Caixa Trio and the University of Texas El Paso Percussion Ensemble

Consecration (2013) [10']

Saxophone quartet and 20 percussionists (instrumentation)
Commissioned by the University of Tennessee Martin for the opening of their new music building
Performed by the University of Tennessee Martin Percussion Ensemble
Performed by Ithaca College Percussion Ensemble, the composer conducting

The Creation (2004) [15']

Percussion sextet (including two solo marimba parts) (instrumentation)
Winner of the 2004 Percussive Arts Society International Composition Contest.
Recorded by the McCormick Percussion Group and available on Marimba Concerti with Percussion Orchestra [Capstone B000PHW1G4]


Rumble-Stiltskins (2011) [8']

Two marimbas, two pairs of bongos
Recorded by the Utari Duo [ALM ALCD-9164]

Sonic Essay No. 1 (2003) [4']

Bb Clarinet and marimba
Performance by Aubrey Shirts, clarinet and Amanda Morrill, marimba


Inside-out and Outside-in (2013) [5']

Solo marimba with damper pedal
Commissioned by Pedro Carniero and premiered at the Zeltsman Marimba Festival in 2013 at Humbolt State University in Arcata California

Sacred Fest (2006) [15']

Solo marimba
Commissioned by Gilmar Goulart, Professor of Percussion University of Santa Maria, Brazil
Recorded by Gilmar Goulart on the album 'Moods of Marimba' 2006

Oberon (2004) [8']

Solo marimba
Performed by Yuko Yoshikawa at Boston Conservatory in 2009

Marimbarosa (2001) [7']

Solo marimba