Laura Sherman appointed harp professor at University of Miami


Laura Sherman has been appointed to the faculty of Frost School of Music at the University of Miami. As a full–time lecturer in harp and music theory beginning this fall, Sherman will also teach a class on Bach for graduate students. “I am excited to teach at the Frost School of Music because it is one of the broadest and most musically diverse schools in the country,” says Sherman. They provide the highest level of training in classical, jazz, and pop, as well as music engineering, music education, music therapy, and music business. Students are encouraged to study across genres and have opportunities to play and record with cutting–edge composers and arrangers through the Henry Mancini Institute. Frost also offers generous scholarships to qualified students. I am very much looking forward to building an exciting harp studio at the Frost School of Music and am grateful for the opportunity.”

Prior to this appointment, Sherman was the harpist for Broadway’s production of Wicked, a position she has held for 15 years. When asked what inspired the change, she shares, “Earlier in my career, I had to put aside academic teaching since my performance career in New York City was taking off. I am very grateful that the Frost SOM has made it possible for me to resume teaching my three loves: harp, music theory, and Bach studies.” She is also the founder of Gotham Harp Publishing, a harp music publishing company that specializes in historically–informed transcriptions of early music and new works by contemporary composers, and was most recently the interim editor for two issues of the American Harp Journal.

To learn more about Sherman, check out episode 2 of the Harp Column podcast or her article on harpists in Broadway. Visit for more information about scholarship opportunities at Frost.


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