Laura Sherman is a New York City harpist with extensive experience in classical, popular and commercial music. Harpist with the Broadway production of "Wicked" and founder of Gotham Harp Publishing, a harp music publishing company specializing in quality transcriptions of early music and works by contemporary composer, she also performs with a variety of classical ensembles in the tri-state area.
As a writer and editor, she served as the Interim Editor of The American Harp Journal for two issues (Summer 2017 & Winter 2018) and her articles have appeared in Musical America, the World Harp Congress Review, the Historical Harp Society’s Bulletin, and The American Harp Journal.
A versatile and well-traveled musician, Laura has performed, toured and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Barbra Streisand, Meredith Monk, Andrea Bocelli, Jewel, Ray Charles, Luciano Pavarotti, Marvin Hamlisch, Jon Faddis, James Galway, and Joshua Bell. Featured on WNYC's "Sound Check," "The CBS Sunday Morning Show," "The Today Show," and “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert,” she has performed in many of the great concert halls in New York City and Europe. Tours with three Broadway shows have taken her around the world, with extended stays in Paris, Rome, Amsterdam, Munich, Hamburg, Zurich, Singapore, Hong Kong, New Zealand and twenty-six cities in Japan. She is also featured the Broadway cast recordings of Wicked and Hamilton, as well as a number of films.
Laura's life-long love of Johann Sebastian Bach's music inspired her to study with Rosalyn Tureck at her Bach Research Institute in Oxford, England. The end results, critical performance editions for harp of the complete Lute Suites by Bach, became her doctoral dissertation at the University of Michigan and were published in June 2012 by Gotham Harp Publishing. Laura has given lecture-recitals on the topic at the American Harp Society's 2012 Conference in New York City and 2016 Conference in Atlanta and at the World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic in 1999 and Sydney, Australia in 2014.
Laura teaches privately and as an adjunct harp instructor at Hunter College in Manhattan and presents masterclasses and lecture-recitals about Bach internationally. From 1999-2000, she taught undergraduate and graduate courses in harp and Bach Studies at Louisiana State University.
AHS 2020 Conference Artistic Director co-chair
I am looking forward to working with the Orlando, Florida chapter of the American Harp Society as the Artistic Director co-chair (with Cheryl Dungan Cunningham) of the AHS's 2020 National Conference, June 21-24. Click here for details and I hope to see you there!
Frost School of Music, University of Miami appointment
I am honored to have been named the Lecturer of Harp and Music Theory at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, beginning in August 2019. In addition to teaching harp students and music theory courses, I will be teaching my "Bach for Performers" graduate course, which is open to all instrumentalists and vocalists. I am looking forward to joining the innovative Frost faculty and build a world-class harp department there. For the official UM announcement, click here. And thank you, Harp Column, for sharing the news with this article. For information about financial scholarships and graduate assistantships, click here or feel free to message me directly.
"Cheering for Me Now" Behind-the-Scenes Video
Here's a behind-the-scenes video about the making of November's Hamildrop, "Cheering for Me Now," by Lin-Manuel Miranda and John Kander. Was wonderful making music with my excellent colleagues. Hope you enjoy this and happy holidays to all!
Honored to be a part of the 34-piece orchestra who recorded the November Hamildrop, a new song by Lin-Manuel Miranda (Hamilton, In the Heights, Bring It On) and John Kander (Cabaret, Chicago, and “New York, New York) entitled, "Cheering for Me Now." In the song, Hamilton is at a parade in 1788 that commemorates New York's ratification of the U.S. Constitution. Mr. Miranda noted, if the song had made the cut for the Broadway production of Hamilton, it's location on the Cast Recording would be "right in the middle of Nonstop, after the Federalist Papers, when NY adopts the constitution. Which is why it could never be in the show. It's an alternate timeline Act One closer." Here's a link to the video.
Mary Brigid Roman 50th Anniversary at FSU Celebration
What a joy to help celebrate the 50th anniversary of Mary Brigid Roman as the harp professor at Florida State University on Monday, October 8, 2018. Generations of her students came together at FSU to surprise her with two luncheons, a recital by past and present students (with many moving speeches) and a tea-themed reception after the recital. Here is a link to the Harp Column's news about this unforgettable event.
Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional concert in the Dominican Republic
Thrilled to fill in for Andre Tarantiles with the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. An all Tchaikovsky concert in their beautiful National Theater on August 8th. Such nice people, excellent musicians, and fantastic food and drink!