Laurence Sherr

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Laurence Sherr is Composer-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. He has received numerous honors and awards, including the Grand Prize of the 1995 Delius Composition Contest for Journeys Within: Concerto for Flute and Chamber Ensemble.

International performances of Sherr's works have been given in Holland and Switzerland, at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra de la Habana in Cuba, and across Canada and Mexico. Canadian and Mexican performances include multiple productions at the Banff Festival of the Arts, tours of Alberta, British Columbia, and Ontario, and performances at the National School of Music and San Ildefonso Museum in Mexico City. United States performances have been given at CAMI Hall and the Kitchen in New York City, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Salvador Dali Museum, the Carter Presidential Center, and in locations such as Los Angeles, San Diego, Dallas, Austin, Cleveland, Minneapolis, Omaha, Tampa, and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Sherr has been awarded grants by the American Music Center, the American Composers Forum, Meet the Composer, the Illinois Arts Council, the Georgia Council for the Arts, the Atlanta Bureau of Cultural Affairs, and the Alliance Française d’Atlanta. He has received fellowships for composition residencies from the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Seaside Institute, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, the American Dance Festival, the Hambidge Center for the Creative Arts and Sciences, and the Banff Festival of the Arts. Commissions for new works have come from ensembles such as Thamyris and the Atlanta Chamber Players, and from organizations such as the [Jimmy] Carter Center and the Georgia Music Teachers Association. Soloists who have commissioned Sherr include guitarist Mary Akerman and Atlanta Symphony Orchestra flutist Paul Brittan. Flutist Christina Guenther has recently commissioned his Duo Concertante for flute and percussion in conjunction with her Florida State University doctoral dissertation on Sherr’s works for flute.

Sherr studied at Duke University, the Vienna International Music Center, the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts, and the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He is the founder and clarinetist of the Atlanta klezmer band Oy Klezmer!.