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.
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.
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!