CCU Spotlights

Charles Denler

Charles Denler

Coordinator of Composition and Assistant Professor of Music
School of Music

  • Two-time Emmy Award winning composer for film, television and the Concert Stage with multiple film festival Gold Medals, composing for National Geographic, History Channel, PBS, Honda, Oprah, Dateline, Coca Cola, and many feature films.
  • Denler has composed works for film and television, working with actors such as Richard Gere, Helen Mirren, Burt Reynolds, Susan Sarandon, Richard Dreyfuss, and artists such as Creed, Paul Simon and Cyndi Lauper.


Phone: 303-963-3160

According to Film Music Magazine and The Scoreboard, American composer and pianist, Charles Denler holds the record for having more upcoming films than any other film and television composer to date. With nearly 200 film and television scores to his credit, Charles' multiple Emmy Award-winning music can be heard all over the world. Charles received critical acclaim by winning an EMMY in 2004 for his work on “Bentley Creek” and went on to receive his second EMMY in 2005 for his score to “Beyond The Medal Of Honor”. In 2010 Charles was awarded the Jury Choice GOLD MEDAL for his score to the Richard Gere film, “Teenage Witness”, and a second GOLD MEDAL for the film, “I AM”, at the Park City Film Music Festival. In 2011 Charles received The Ribaut Award for Excellence in Music for Film at the Beaufort International Film Festival.

Charles began his career as a worship pastor and music director. As a recording artist, he released eight albums and worked with a number of leading producers in the industry. Charles' music has been featured with artists such as Creed, Cyndi Lauper, and Paul Simon.Upon meeting Hardy Jones and Julia Whitty, Parthenon Entertainment, Charles was asked to write music for their National Geographic production, “Twenty Years with the Dolphins”. It was then that Charles fell in love with the art of film scoring. Following with three more Geographic projects, he went on to write for numerous other documentaries, film and television programs, and promotional work that included the main theme for the new STARZ! Kids' Television Network, music for Animal Planet, The History Channel, Honda, Coca Cola, Oprah, Dateline, PBS, NBC, NASA, The Colorado Rockies, HDNet and many feature film productions. Actors featured in Charles' films include Richard Dreyfuss, Richard Gere, Burt Reynolds, Helen Mirren, Susan Sarandon, Daryl Hannah, Steve Guttenberg, Louis Gossett Jr., Michael Madsen, Charles Durning and many others.

Concert works have included commissions by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, including his recent work, “PORTRAITS OF COLORADO, An American Symphony No. 1”. Charles has played piano and conducted the City of Prague Philharmonic Orchestra and the Colorado Symphony. His most recent symphonic work, “PORTRAITS IN SEASON, Suite for Piano & Orchestra”, will premiere later this year in Colorado. In 2014, Charles was asked to compose a new theme for the Colorado Rockies Baseball Team. The music was recorded at Boettcher Concert Hall with the Colorado Symphony and premiered live at Coors Field on opening day. Charles conducted the ensemble. His accomplishments have been featured in many articles including Keyboard Magazine, MIX Magazine, Recording Magazine, and in POST Magazine.

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