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Laura Sherman

Harpist, Teacher, Writer, Editor, Publisher, Scholar

Laura Sherman is a Miami-based harpist with extensive experience in classical, popular and commercial music. In 2019, Laura relocated to Miami from New York City, where she was a popular performer, teacher, writer and editor for thirty-four years, including fifteen years as the original harpist with the Broadway production of "Wicked." She can also be heard on the “Hamilton” Broadway Cast Recording, as well as on recordings of Barbra Streisand, Meredith Monk, and numerous film scores.

 

She is currently the principal harpist of the Palm Beach Symphony, Florida Grand Opera, Nu Deco Ensemble and Symphony of the Americas and is a voting member of the Recording Academy’s Grammy Awards since 2020. She has played on two Grammy-award winning recordings, as well as one Grammy-nominated recording. 

 

In addition, Dr. Sherman founded Gotham Harp Publishing in 2012, holds four advanced degrees, specializes in playing J.S. Bach’s music on the pedal harp, is a frequent writer and guest editor for a number of national and international harp publications, and has served as a judge for national harp competitions. She also served, from 2019-2021, as the Artistic Director co-chair, with Cheryl Dungan Cunningham, of the American Harp Society's 2020/2022 National Conference in Orlando, Florida (postponed to June 2024).

 

Currently, she and harpist Sara Cutler (New York City Ballet and American Composers Orchestra) are co-writing a book entitled “A Young Harpist’s Guide to the Orchestra,” to be published in late 2024. Stay tuned!

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Bach For All Harpists

Bach For All Harpists

This new collection of six graded keyboard pieces by Johann Sebastian Bach has been transcribed for the harp and offers students, teachers, and professionals an opportunity to expand their repertoire as well as learn valuable technical and musical skills. 

 

Using music that J.S. Bach composed as pedagogical pieces for his eldest son, Wilhelm Friedemann, and his second wife, Anna Magdalena, gives harpists of all levels an in-depth look into his music and late German Baroque style. It also offers a glimpse into what it might have been like to study with one of the world’s greatest musicians.

Three works are for beginners; one for intermediate; and two for advanced levels. All are for pedal harp and two can also be played on the lever harp. Extensive information about ornamentation, phrasing, fingerings, dynamics, and piece-specific recommendations are also included. 

 

An article about this collection appears in the March/April 2024 issue of Harp Column magazine. Each of the six pieces are also available as individual PDFs through Harp Column Music. A print version of this collection is only available from Gotham Harp Publishing.

'Nu' Nutcracker

FLOWERS INTRO

NU DECO ENSEMBLE