Assistant Professor of Music
Sherry Overholt, soprano, has enjoyed a long and successful career in operatic and concert performances. She has sung numerous lyric coloratura roles, including Gilda, Violetta, Zerlina, Valencienne, Serpina, and Marzelline, and has appeared on the concert stage as guest soloist with many orchestras, including the Chamber Orchestra of New England, Tanglewood Festival Orchestra, Philadelphia Virtuosi, and the Baltimore Symphony.
In joint operatic recitals, she and baritone Lee Velta have sung more than 500 concerts with Columbia Artists Community Concerts, in addition to singing concerts internationally. As a song recitalist, she specializes in Neo-Romantic and contemporary repertoire, with performances of music by such composers as George Crumb, Joseph Marx, Benjamin Britten, Dominick Argento, and Ned Rorem. She can be heard on the MSR Classics and Albany Records labels.
As a private voice teacher in Manhattan and at both Purchase College and Queens College, City University of New York, her students have been contracted by opera companies and festivals, including the Metropolitan Opera, New York City Opera and Santa Fe Opera, and have won numerous competitions, including the Liederkranz, National Association of Teachers, Jenny Lind Competitions, and the Metropolitan Council Awards. She is the founder and artistic director of the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute and Queens Summer Vocal Institute for high school students.
Sherry Overholt received her Bachelor of Music from the University of Miami and her Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts, and DMA in vocal performance from Yale University.