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Kim D. Sherman

Kim Sherman

KIM D. SHERMAN Kim Sherman is a composer who enjoys composing for the concert stage as well as the theater, film and opera. Her music has been described as “rhapsodic and lush” as well as “craggy and leap-about.”  She embraces lyricism and dissonance as equal partners in conveying dramatic landscapes via musical language. 

Currently under construction is her opera ADA, the spectacular story of computer pioneer Ada Lovelace. SUMMER, 1976 a song cycle for lyric baritone and string quartet was premiered at The Opera Center in New York City in 2016.  SONG OF SONGS, for strings, harp and soprano was premiered in 2004 by San José Chamber Orchestra and soprano Allison Charney. GRAVESIDE, her a cappella choral work, was recorded by Musica Sacra and has been performed throughout the US and Europe. On Broadway, she wrote incidental music for I HATE HAMLET. Other works include THE HAPPIEST AND UNHAPPIEST OF MEN (chorus and orchestra, commissioned by The Mendelssohn Club of Philadelphia,) KARNER BLUE (flute and piano, commissioned by The Pappoutsakis Foundation,) THE VISION (guitar and oboe,) LOVE’S COMEDY (opera based on the play by Henrik Ibsen,) and several musicals, among them: HEARTLAND, O PIONEERS!,  HONOR SONG FOR CRAZY HORSE, THE BOXCAR CHILDREN and THE TWO ORPHANS. She has written incidental music for many productions of Shakespeare's plays in regional theaters throughout the United States.

Ms. Sherman studied piano and composition at Lawrence University, and composition and orchestration with composer Thea Musgrave. Her career started in Minneapolis, where she was awarded two Kudos Awards for her work in the theatre. She has enjoyed residencies at The MacDowell Colony and The Banff Centre. A New Yorker since 1983, she is a regular volunteer composer and mentor for The 52nd Street Project.