Mezzo-soprano Sharon Mabry first received national recognition in the 1980 National Public Radio Art of Song series when she was a featured recitalist. Since then her sensitive interpretation of traditional and contemporary music has placed her in demand as a recitalist, a soloist with symphony orchestras and as a master teacher of vocal techniques. She has been a frequent guest artist at music festivals, including the International Music Analysis Conference, London, and the International Congress on Women in Music both in Atlanta and Fairbanks, Alaska.
She has premièred works by more than thirty composers and continues to have new works written for her. She appeared in the leading rôle of a chamber opera, George Sand and Chopin, by composer Persis Vehar, with performances in Tennessee, New York, and other venues. Her recordings have received outstanding critical acclaim and international airplay. Each has showcased works by contemporary composers or music by women composers. Her CD Music by Women: A Celebration on the Capstone label features works by Lili Boulanger, Rhian Samuel, Elizabeth Vercoe and Mary Howe.
In addition to her concert career, Sharon Mabry is professor of music at Austin Peay State University, Clarksville, Tennessee, where she received the university’s highest award for creativity (the Richard M. Hawkins Award) and for teaching (the Distinguished Professor Award). Since 1985, she has been a featured writer for the NATS Journal of Singing with her column “New Directions,” which discusses trends in contemporary music. Her book Exploring Twentieth Century Vocal Music was published by Oxford University Press in 2002. She holds the bachelor of music degree from Florida State University, the master of music and doctor of musical arts degrees from George Peabody College, and a performance certificate from the prestigious Franz-Schubert-Institut in Austria.
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