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!
American Harp Society's 2023 National Competition
Colburn School of Music
Dr. Laura Sherman recently served as a judge at the American Harp Society's 2023 National Competition held at the Colburn School of Music in downtown Los Angeles. There were a total of 25 prizes awarded in five categories.
Prior to the competition, which was held between May 31 - June 4, 2023, Dr. Sherman prepared a ten-part online series for participants to help with their preparations.
Examples of Laura Sherman's Solo and Chamber Music Performances
“Listen with curiosity. Speak with honesty. Act with integrity.”
Roy T. Bennett, The Light in the Heart
Laura Sherman can also be heard on these Commercial Recordings