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Laura Sherman

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.

Gotham Harp Publishing is a harp music publishing company with an historical emphasis, founded by Laura Sherman in 2012.

The following critical performance editions of Johann Sebastian Bach's Lute Suites, transcribed and edited by Laura Sherman, will be available on June 29, 2012.

  • Suite in G Minor, BWV 995
  • Suite in E Minor, BWV 996
  • Suite in C Minor, BWV 997
  • Prelude, Fugue and Allegro in Eb Major, BWV 998
  • Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a, transposed to Db Major
  • Suite in E Major, BWV 1006a, transposed to Eb Major

The Suites can only be purchased through this website, on the forthcoming GHP Store page, and this summer at the American Harp Society's Conference in New York City. They will be available as separate editions, with extensive notes and commentary particular to each work included. Please sign up for email notification on the Bach "Lute Suites" page, and we will let you know when these editions are ready.

Available June of 2012 will be a solo harp piece written for harpist Gloria Agostini in December 1980 by Torrie Zito, an American composer, pianist, arranger and conductor. Entitled Concert Etude, it is a virtuosic work that is perfect as a recital opener or encore. With subtle, jazz-influenced harmonies and classic harpistic arpeggiations, its effect is fresh and exciting. 

A recording of Gloria Agostini performing the work will also be available. Please sign up for email notification on the Zito/Agostini page, and we will let you know when this piece becomes available.

Gotham Harp Publishing is a harp music publishing company featuring quality transcriptions of early music and original works by contemporary composers. Based in New York City, it was founded by Laura Sherman in 2012.

Early Music Editions:

•Bach's complete Cello Suites, transcribed and edited for solo harp by Victoria Drake. Volume I includes Suites 1-3 and Volume 2 includes Suites 4-6. Intermediate to advanced pedal harp.

•Handel's Concerto in Bb Major, Op. 4, No. 6. This transcription by Susan Jolles includes the original bass line of the first 1738 edition, occasional stylistically appropriate enhancements of the melodic content, and an original cadenza in the Baroque style. Intermediate to advanced pedal harp.

•Rameau's Pieces de clavecin, transcribed for harp by Susan Jolles. A collection of five solo pieces by this French Baroque composer, originally written for keyboard. Intermediate to advanced level, pedal harp. Titles are La Triomphante, Les Tourbillons, Les Tendres Plaintes, La Dauphine, and Le Rappel des Oiseaux.

•Selected Prelude & Fugues from J.S. Bach's Well-Tempered Clavier (Books I & II), transcribed for harp by Laura Sherman. A collection of nineteen solo movements by this German Baroque composer, originally written for keyboard. Intermediate to advanced level, pedal harp. Prelude & Fugues include BWV 846, 847, 858, 850, 855, and 872; Preludes only include BWV 848, 851, 853, 854, 857, 862, 866, 867, and 881.  

•Critical editions of J.S. Bach's five Lute Suites, transcribed by Laura Sherman. Published as separate editions, each includes critical notes, commentary, and ornament suggestions. Intermediate to advanced level, pedal harp. BWV 995, 996, 997, 998, and 1006a (in two editions, one transposed to Eb Major & one to Db Major).

Contemporary Solo Harp Works:

•A beautiful, intermediate-level, tonal, solo harp piece written in 2011 by the UK composer Stephen Burtonwood. A recording of this will be here soon.

Concert Etude is a virtuosic solo harp piece with subtle, jazz-influenced harmonies and classic harpistic arpeggiations written by the American composer, arranger and conductor Torrie Zito. This piece is perfect as a recital opener or encore. Written for Gloria Agostini, a recording of her performing this piece will available here soon.

Also Available:

•Felt glissando picks. Gorgeous feel and sound. Won't hurt the strings, easy to hold, and long lasting. Used in orchestras and recording studios in New York and London, as well as Broadway pits in New York. Free shipping on all picks!

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Prelude, Fugue and Allegro, BWV 998 by J.S. Bach

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Suite in E Minor, BWV 996, by J.S. Bach

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Pièces de clavecin (Pieces for harpsichord) by J.P. Rameau

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