Am excited to share Broadway harp music and stories with the New Jersey Chapter of the American Harp Society on Monday, January 9th. (Article on the subject forthcoming in the next issue of the American Harp Journal.) Did you know that the harp is being used more and more on Broadway as a rhythm instrument? Fun stuff! Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Laura Sherman is a Miami-based harpist with extensive experience in classical, popular and commercial music. Currently the Lecturer of Harp and Music Theory at the Frost School of Music, University of Miami, Laura recently relocated from New York City, where she was a popular performer, teacher, writer and editor for thirty four years, including fifteen as the original harpist with the Broadway production of "Wicked."
A versatile and well-traveled musician, Laura has performed, toured and/or recorded with such diverse artists as Barbra Streisand, Jewel, Meredith Monk, Andrea Bocelli, 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 on the Broadway cast recordings of Wicked and Hamilton, as well as a number of films.
In 2012, Laura founded Gotham Harp Publishing, a harp music publishing company specializing in quality transcriptions of early music and works by contemporary composer. 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, the Harp Column magazine, and The American Harp Journal.
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. She currently serves as the artistic co-chair, with Cheryl Dungan Cunningham, of the American Harp Society's 2020 National Conference in Orlando, Florida.
In addition to teaching privately and at the Frost School of Music, Laura served as an assistant professor of harp and Bach studies at Louisiana State University (1999-2000) and as an adjunct harp and music studies instructor at Hunter College in Manhattan (2000-2003). She has four degrees, three in harp performance (Queens College/CUNY, undergraduate; Yale University School of Music, master's; University of Michigan, DMA) and a second master's, in music theory, from the University of Michigan. She studied harp with Elisa Dickon, Mary Brigid Roman, Susan Jolles, Gloria Agostini, Nancy Allen and Lynne Aspnes.
She has been featured in the the Harp Column magazine, and on their podcast series, as well as in Allegro, the official publication of Local 802, American Federation of Musicians.