"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 the Curiosity Cabinet and has sung 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, Juilliard Center for Innovation in the Arts, Larchmere String Quartet, Lima Symphony Orchestra, Limón Dance Company, MET Opera Chamber Orchestra, 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, Wellesley Composer's Conference & Chamber Music Workshops, 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.
This season, Sharon will collaborate with The Nouveau Classical Project for Making Tellus: Sketches of a Cosmogram for the Anthropocene, a new multimedia cantata by Nina C. Young & Andrew Munn. She will also give a recital of new works for voice and live electronics with Levy Lorenzo and record John Eaton's The End of It with Eighth Blackbird. Other upcoming events include concerts with the Argento Ensemble, Colorado College, American Composers Alliance, and Live/Late Night at National Sawdust.
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.
"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