biography

Sharon Byrne entrances audiences with her extraordinary ability to seamlessly shift her warm mezzo-soprano voice between popular and classical styles. Using her varied and extensive repertoire from sacred music to the classics and the Great American Songbook, her voice would suit any religious or civil ceremony, reception, recital or corporate/society event.

She performs widely in the New York tri-state area as a mezzo-soprano soloist and choral singer. Sharon is the music department chairperson and teaches vocal music for grades 6-12 at a small private school in New Jersey, is a member of the Chamber Choir at Fifth Avenue Presbyterian Church, New York City.

Her many oratorio performances as a soloist include Brahms' Alto Rhapsody, as well as Handel's Messiah, Bach's Magnificat, Bach's Mass in B-Minor, Bach's St. John Passion, Mendelssohn's Elijah, Mozart's Requiem, and Verdi's Requiem. Sharon's theatrical roles include Katisha in Gilbert and Sullivan's The Mikado and Mrs. Ott in Floyd's Susannah.

 

She is currently studying voice with Dr. Christopher Arneson of Westminster Choir College and coaches with Ms. Pamela Gilmore of Rutgers University.

Sharon completed her graduate studies at Shenandoah Conservatory where she earned her Master of Music Education degree. While studying for her undergraduate degree at Westminster Choir College, she sang with the Westminster Symphonic Choir in performance of Britten's War Requiem, Honegger's Jeanne d'Arc au Boucher and Brahms' Ein deutsches Requiem (recorded with the New York Philharmonic under the direction of Kurt Masur).

Sharon can be heard on two Westminster Choir College recordings (Singing for Pleasure and Westminster Choir at Spoleto Festival, U.S.A.) and toured Europe and the Far East with the critically acclaimed Westminster Choir and under the direction of Dr. Joseph Flummerfelt. She has performed in the opera choruses of Strauss' Der Rosenkavalier, Verdi's Falstaff and Janáček's The Excursions of Brouček to the Moon and to the Fifteenth Century at the Spoleto Festival, U.S.A.

 

Sharon enjoyed her seven years singing with the award winning young professional group The Antioch Chamber Ensemble and can be heard on their first album Winter Songs. Sharon won the top honor, the Milton Cross Young Artist Award, through the Continuo Arts Foundation's Milton Cross Young Artists Vocal Competition. Sharon performed with the Riverside Choral Society under the direction of Patrick Gardner in a production of Handel’s L’Allegro, il Penseroso ed il Moderato at Lincoln Center with the Mark Morris Dance Group. She has the honor of singing with The Crossing, a professional choir based in Philadelphia directed by Donald Nally that is dedicated to performing new music. In 2013, Sharon sang at The Crossings' Carnegie Hall debut and an encore with The Crossing for two performances with The Rolling Stones at the Wells Fargo Center. In 2016, she sang on The Crossing's recording of Pulitzer Prize winner John Luther Adams' Canticles of the Holy Wind.

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