Praised as "superb", "luscious-toned", "extraordinarily precise and expressive", and "dramatically committed and not averse to risk" by the New York Times, young American soprano Sharon Harms is known for fearless performances and passionate interpretations of works new and old for the recital, concert, and operatic stage.
Sharon has premiered the music of some of today's leading and up-and-coming composers and her repertoire spans a versatile spectrum of periods and styles. A wide array of collaborations have put Ms. Harms in venues around the world. She is a member of the Argento Ensemble and has sung with Alter Ego Ensemble, Baroque Band of Chicago, Center for Contemporary Opera, Da Capo Chamber Players, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Mise-en, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Signal, MET Opera Chamber Orchestra, New Chamber Ballet, New Dramatists, New Fromm Players, Notre Dame Sacred Music Orchestra, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Pacifica Quartet, Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, Southwest Chamber Ensemble, and Third Coast Percussion.
Ms. Harms has appeared as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and as a guest artist at June in Buffalo, Los Angeles International New Music Festival, Radcliffe Institute, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, Wellesley Composer's Conference & Chamber Music Workshops, American Academy in Rome, and Resonant Bodies Festival.
Recording projects include a 2013 Latin Grammy nomination for Gabriela Ortiz' Aroma Foliado with Southwest Chamber Ensemble, and a CD of new vocal works by Louis Karchin with Da Capo Chamber Players on Bridge Records. She will also be featured on various forthcoming recordings of new pieces by William Bolcom, John Eaton, Jesse Jones, Lowell Liebermann, and Charles Wuorninen.
Recent highlights include the premiere of John Eaton's The End of It with Eighth Blackbird and the Pacifica Quartet, Mendelssohn's Elijah with baritone Nathan Gunn and the Notre Dame Sacred Music program, and Sharon's Carnegie Hall debut in Charles Wuorinen's cantata It Happens Like This with the MET Chamber Ensemble under James Levine.
This season, Sharon will again join forces with New Chamber Ballet both as a singer and dancer for Mahler’s Des Knaben Wunderhorn and Kurtag’s Kafka Fragments with new choreography by Miro Magloire. She also partners with Kalle Toivio for St. John the Divine's concert series in a program celebrating the 150th anniversary of Jean Sibelius’ birth. Other exciting projects include a new opera by Jesse Jones made possible by the Guggenheim Foundation and a collaboration with Nina C. Young at the American Academy in Rome.
Ms. Harms studied at Indiana University's Jacobs School of Music with Carol Vaness. During her time there she was the inaugural recipient of the Georgina Joshi Graduate Fellowship made possible by the generous gifts of the Georgina Joshi Foundation. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance from the University of Northern Colorado and a Master of Music degree in vocal performance from Indiana University.