The 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.
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!
Harp on Broadway article for Harp Column magazine
Excited to share a link to the article about the current state of the harp on Broadway that I and the other four harpists currently playing on Broadway wrote for Harp Column magazine. Was fun collaborating with everyone!
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.