|Country||United States of America|
|Occupation||Composer, Conductor, Performer, Teacher|
|Categories||Classical, Contemporary, Klezmer, World|
Laurence Sherr is Composer-in-Residence and Associate Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. Honors and awards include top prizes in the Delius Composition Contest and the composition competition of the Association for the Promotion of New Music in New York City. International performances have been given in Austria, the Czech Republic, Holland, and Switzerland, at the International Clarinet Association’s ClarinetFest in Japan, at the Festival Internacional de Guitarra de la Habana, and across Canada and Mexico. Holocaust memorial performances and presentations in Germany and the U.S. have engendered education, reconciliation, and healing. U.S. performances have been produced at the Kitchen in New York City, the Piccolo Spoleto Festival, the Salvador Dali Museum, and in locations such as Los Angeles, Philadelphia, San Diego, Dallas, Austin, Cleveland, Minneapolis, and Honolulu. CDs released by the Ein-Klang label in Europe and by Capstone Records in the U.S. include his compositions.
Sherr has been awarded fellowships for residencies by the MacDowell Colony, the Virginia Center for the Creative Arts, the Seaside Institute, the Charles Ives Center for American Music, the American Dance Festival, 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. Flutist Christina Guenther commissioned his Duo Concertante in conjunction with her Florida State University doctoral treatise “Laurence Sherr: Chamber Music for Flute”. Sherr is the founder and clarinetist of the Atlanta klezmer band Oy Klezmer!.