Currently the harpist at the Broadway show "Wicked," Laura has performed with the New York City Ballet, American Symphony Orchestra, Greenwich Symphony (CT), the Spoleto Festivals in Charleston, S.C. and Spoleto, Italy, Opera North (N.H.), and the New World Symphony, among others. She also founded Gotham Harp Publishing in 2012.
As a soloist, Laura has performed with the OMNI Ensemble in Brooklyn, Waterbury Symphony (CT), and with the Borromeo String Quartet at the prestigious chamber music series Concerti di Mezzogiorno in Spoleto. She was featured at the American Harp Society's 2012 Conference in New York City, performing and giving a master class on her transcriptions for harp of J.S. Bach’s Lute Suites. Laura also gave a lecture-recital on this topic at the World Harp Congress in Prague, Czech Republic, in 1999 and at the World Harp Congress in Sydney, Australia in the summer of 2014. Her critical performance editions of Bach's music for the harp are available for purchase from Gotham Harp Publishing.
Laura has recorded Morton Feldman’s Coptic Light with Michael Tilson Thomas and the New World Symphony, and is featured on the Grammy award-winning cast recording of Wicked. Laura also performed on Barbra Streisand’s Grammy-nominated recording Live in Concert 2006 and Ms. Streisand’s DVD The Concerts 2009. Laura can also be heard on Jewel's Christmas album, Let it Snow, Steven Soderbergh's movie The Informant!, starring Matt Damon, and on Broadway-star Stephanie J. Block’s solo recording This Place I Know.
Laura has perfomed with Andrea Bocelli and has toured extensively in the U.S. and abroad, with Barbra Streisand, the German orchestra Philharmonia Hungarica, the New York City Opera, and with three Broadway shows.
A passionate lover of opera, Laura has had the pleasure of playing in productions of Lucia di Lammermoor, Tosca, Carmen, Wozzeck, Gotterdammerung, Dialogue of the Carmelites (Poulenc), Curlew River (Britten), Rosenkavalier, Salome, Elektra, Cunning Little Vixen (Janacek,) Tales of Hoffman, The Dwarf (Zemlinsky), La Traviata, The Nose (Shostakovich), The Merry Widow, Hansel and Gretel, Il Trittico (Suor Angelica, Gianni Schicchi, Il Tabarro), Eugene Onegin (Tchaikovsky), Madama Butterfly and Mark Adamo's 1998 opera, Little Women.
A graduate of Queens College (CUNY), Yale, and the University of Michigan, Laura holds four degrees, three in harp performance and one in music theory. She has studied with Lynne Aspnes, Nancy Allen, Gloria Agostini, Susan Jolles, Mary Brigid Roman, and Elisa Dickon.
World Premiere of Matthew Brown's choral work, "The Beautiful America"
Thrilled to be a part of this world premiere. Really enjoyed learning the challenging 51-page harp part and becoming familiar with Matthew Brown's beautiful and moving music. Hope you can make it! Astoria Choir, May 19th, 2018, 8pm, Trinity Lutheran Church, Astoria, New York.
The Astoria Choir Presents: The Beautiful America
For their 2017-2018 Season Finale, The Astoria Choir presents the world premiere of Los Angeles composer Matthew Brown's The Beautiful America. The commission reflects on the current climate of American politics and the crises facing our national identity. As a sharp contrast, the program also features John Corigliano's sumptuously placid Fern Hill. The choir will be joined by The Brown Label Ensemble, chamber orchestra.
MATTHEW BROWN | The Beautiful America (world premiere)
JOHN CORIGLIANO | Fern Hill
The Brown Label Ensemble, Sho Omagari, director
Adam Eggleston, conductor
Interim Editor of The American Harp Journal
Just finished up two issues as the Interim Editor of The American Harp Journal. Was a pleasure working with everyone! Click here to check out the online "Extras" related to the latest issue, Winter 2018. For the first time, we have also included PDFs of the print articles for all to read & have started our own YouTube Channel. We hope you enjoy these as much as we have! Best wishes to the new Executive Editor, Leslie Shortlidge, and Associate Editor, Emily Laurance. On to the next project for me!
Musical America article
Was an honor to write about Abigail Kent as the February “Artist of the Month” for Musical America. This is the first time that a harpist has been profiled in this publication (Congratulations, Abby!) and the first time that I had written for them. Here’s a link to the article.
Harp Column "Unforgettable" article
Thank you to the Harp Column for including my story about touring with Barbra Streisand in the July/August issue. Here's a featured quote from the article: “It felt as if she was singing just to me, to each one of the 18,000 people in the sold-out arena crowd, and it was unforgettable,” says Broadway performer Laura Sherman about her moment on stage with Barbra Streisand. What makes a performance memory last a lifetime? We asked harpists around the globe to tell us about their defining moments in this month’s feature article Unforgettable.
Hamilton "Immigrants, We Get the Job Done" video & Coalition
If you're a Hamilton fan, you might enjoy the official "Immigrants, We Get the Job Done" video from the "Mixtape." Also, until the end of July, if you donate as little as $10 to the "Immigrants, We Get the Job Done Coalition" at prizeo.com, you qualify for a chance to win free tickets to the latest production of Hamilton in Los Angeles. Check out all of the #Ham4All videos on social media as well. A lot of fun & a great cause. Enjoy & good luck!
More Hamilton honors
More news about the Hamilton Cast Recording and the Hamilton Mixtape from BroadwayWorld.com. What an honor to have played a small part in this!
The Music Business Association will celebrate the massive success of the Hamilton Original Cast Recording and the HamiltonMixtape albums with an Outstanding Achievement Award on May 18 at 12:30 p.m. CT during the Music Biz 2017 convention's Awards Luncheon at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel in Nashville.
The Hamilton Original Cast Recording, which has been certified 3x-Platinum by the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), scored the highest Billboard 200 debut week for a cast recording in over half a century at #12, became the first-ever Broadway cast album to reach #1 on the Billboard Top Rap Albums chart, and was the best-selling Broadway cast album of both 2015 and 2016. It earned a GRAMMY Award for Best Musical Theater Album and was nominated for a 2016 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Duo, Group, or Collaboration.
The Hamilton Mixtape - produced by Ahmir "Questlove" Thompson and Tariq "Black Thought" Trotter of The Roots and featuring Busta Rhymes, Nas, Usher, Sia, Kelly Clarkson, Alicia Keys, Wiz Khalifa, John Legend, Common, Chance The Rapper, and more - posted the largest first-week sales for a compilation album since 2012, becoming the first compilation to top the Billboard 200 chart in two years. The album also debuted at #1 on Billboard's Rap Albums, Top Current Albums, R&B/Hip-Hop Albums, and Current Digital Albums charts and was named one of Billboard's "50 Best Albums of 2016."
"In addition to launching a revolution in the theater world, Hamilton has been a major presence among the music industry's best-sellers with its Original Cast Recording and unprecedented Mixtape album, featuring some of the biggest names in R&B and Hip-Hop performing the musical's songs," said James Donio, President of Music Biz. "The music of Hamilton has clearly touched a nerve in popular culture, and we are thrilled to honor its accomplishments with our Outstanding Achievement Award."