Kim Sherman is a composer whose music covers the spectrum of genres from opera to chamber and orchestral to musical theater. New works currently under construction are “Ada,” an opera about Ada Lovelace, “Makeover” a musical about a pioneering cosmetics entrepreneur, and “Summer 1976” a song cycle for lyric baritone and string quartet. Her “Song of Songs,” for strings, harp and soprano was premiered in 2004 by San José Chamber Orchestra, conducted by Barbara Day Turner. “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 “A Prairie Diary” (song cycle,) “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” and “The Two Orphans.”
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. A New Yorker since 1983, she is a regular volunteer composer and mentor for The 52nd Street Project.