Sharon began her piano studies at a young age. Her formal vocal training began her college freshman year. She is a member of the National Academy of Recording Arts & Sciences; the Music Teachers National Association, the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, and the Decatur Arts Alliance. Her teachers/coaches include Elizabeth Nohe Colson, Melissa Fontaine, Sandra Crawford, Helen Bickers, Donna Angel, Gwen Halstead, Sandra Lutters, William Fox, Scott Fugate, and B.J. Hughes.
In Atlanta, she has sung with Capitol City Opera Company, Peachtree Repertory Opera, the Michael O'Neal Chamber Singers, the MLK Commemorative Choir at Ebenezer Baptist, Meridian Chorale, and the 1996 Paralympic Gospel Choir. She has performed at London's Westminster Abbey, Coventry Cathedral, Washington National Cathedral, New York's Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Charleston's Piccolo Spoleto Festival. In her 19 seasons with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Chorus, she has won 3 Grammy Awards and performed at the Berlin Philharmonic, Carnegie Hall, and the Chicago Ravinia Festival.
A lyric mezzo-soprano, she presently serves as staff alto soloist/section leader at Northside Drive Baptist Church. Originally from Wisconsin, she considers herself a "'naturalized Georgian". Since 2005, she has taught both children and adults at her Word & Song Music Studio, located near the Decatur Courthouse Square. (Photo by Sue Clites Photography.)
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