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Sherry Overholt

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Dr. Sherry Overholt received her performance degrees from the University of Miami and subsequently at Yale University, studying under noted soprano Phyllis Curtin. In addition to teaching at the Conservatory of Music at Purchase College since 1995, she has taught at The Hartt School and, most recently, joined the faculties of New York University and Queens College. Her private students have gone on to sing with the Santa Fe, Sarasota, Chautauqua, and Chicago Lyric opera companies as apprentices and young artists, as well as with opera houses in Germany.

An active performer, Dr. Overholt has sung with Glimmerglass, Kentucky, Sarasota, Virginia, Toledo, Augusta, Memphis, and Indianapolis opera companies. Her roles include Violetta, Marzelline, Zerlina, Musetta, and Gilda, in addition to the light opera roles of Kathie in “The Student Prince,” Mabel in “Pirates of Penzance,” and Josephine in “H.M.S. Pinafore.” She most recently sang the soprano title role in the world premiere of Frank Lewin’s “Burning Bright,” which drew international acclaim.

On the concert stage, Dr. Overholt is a solo artist with Columbia Artist’s Community Concerts Series. Singing in joint operatic recital with Lee Velta, baritone, they have performed more than 200 concerts throughout the United States and Europe. Dr. Overholt sang with the Baltimore Symphony for five seasons and, most recently, debuted with the Portland Symphony and the Philadelphia Virtuosi Orchestra. Her first operatic recording for Albany records was released in January 2002.

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