"Dramatically committed and not averse to risk"
-The New York Times
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 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 been featured with Alter Ego Ensemble, Baroque Band of Chicago, Center for Contemporary Opera, counter)induction, Da Capo Chamber Players, East Coast Contemporary Ensemble, Eighth Blackbird, Ensemble Mise-en, Ensemble Recherche, Ensemble Signal, International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE), Juilliard Center for Innovation in the Arts, Larchmere String Quartet, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Limón Dance Company, MET Opera Chamber Orchestra, Momenta Quartet, NC New Music Initiative, Network for New Music, New Chamber Ballet, New Dramatists, New Fromm Players, Orchestra of the League of Composers, Pacifica Quartet, Princeton Festival Opera, Pueblo Symphony Orchestra, Simon Bolivar Orchestra, Slee Sinfonietta, Southwest Chamber Ensemble, Talea Ensemble, and Third Coast Percussion.
Ms. Harms has appeared as a fellow at the Tanglewood Music Center, and as a guest artist of the American Academy in Rome, Colorado College Music Festival, Columbia University, Cornell University, East Carolina University, Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, June in Buffalo, Los Angeles International New Music Festival, MATA, NYC Electroacoustic Music Festival, Princeton Festival, Southern Exposure New Music Series, St. Urban Salon Series, The College of New Jersey, University of Chicago, University of Northern Colorado, University of Notre Dame, Radcliffe Institute, and Resonant Bodies Festival. She taught at East Carolina University in the Fall of 2017 and is on staff for the Composer's Conference & Chamber Music Workshops at Brandeis University (formerly Wellesley).
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 is also featured on recordings of new pieces by William Bolcom, John Eaton, Jesse Jones, Lowell Liebermann, and Charles Wuorninen.
"Soprano Sharon Harms made a regal Angelica, and it was her facial expressions that set the emotional stakes. She executed the score’s most florid passages with shiny confidence and empowering chest tones."
- Opera News
The Da Capo Chamber Players feature Ms. Harms with Mohammed Fairouz for a program entitled “Circles: A Recital of Song Cycles” which showcases his engagement with American poets, each cycle representing a different aspect of recursive human experience.
Collage New Music
Four young and less-young classics of the twentieth century, works from startlingly divergent musical worlds, open Collage’s 2019-2020 season. Featured on this program are Giacinto Scelsi’s Okanagon, for three low-pitched and amplified instruments, Tobias Picker’s early Octet, Steven Mackey’s Five Animated Shorts, and Elliott Carters’s grand setting of six poems by the great American poet Elizabeth Bishop, here sung by the luscious-toned and astute soprano Sharon Harms, who appears with Collage for the first time.
Clarinetist Chris Grymes and Open G Records present a concert of mystical, celestial music by seminal American composer George Crumb, one of the most significant composers of the last half century, in honor of his 90th birthday. The program includes the classic Night of the Four Moons, a setting of dreamlike texts by Lorca for the intriguing combination of voice, flute, banjo, electric cello, and percussion, and Voice & Shadow for voice and piano.