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.
"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!
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