Queens College Aaron Copland School of Music

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Music Building
Room 203
Queens College, CUNY
65-30 Kissena Blvd.
Queens, NY 11367-1597
(Tel) 718-997-3800
(Fax) 718-997-3849

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Monday - Thursday: 9:00 - 5:00
Friday - 9:00 - 5:00 (Remote)

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Sherry Overholt

Sherry Overholt


Fields of Study:
Voice Performance (Soprano)

Degrees and Studies:
DMA, Yale University

Biographical Information:
Dr. Sherry Overholt has combined a long and successful career with operatic and concert performances in addition to her teaching positions at Queens College, Purchase College Conservatory and the recently the Curtis Institute of Music.

As a private voice teacher in Manhattan and at three academic colleges her students have been contracted by opera companies and festivals including New York City Opera, The Metropolitan Opera and Santa Fe Opera and The Caramoor International Festival. Her students have also won numerous competitions including the National Association of Teachers’, Jenny Lind Competitions and the Metropolitan Council Awards. This past summer marks the 14th season for Ms. Overholt as Artistic Director/Vocal instructor for The Westchester Summer Vocal Institute which is dedicated to empowering emerging operatic artists. This past season she also completed her 10th season as Artistic Director/Vocal Instructor for the Queens Summer Vocal Institute a high school classical vocal program at Queens College where she is Director of Vocal Studies.

As a performer, Dr. Overholt performed for Columbia Artists Management in joint operatic concerts for ten years, sang title roles in regional opera houses. Her discographies include the title role in Frank Lewin’s opera Burning Bright for Albany Records, Vincent Persichetti’s Song Cycle: Harmonium and Legacy of Songs of Persichetti for MSR Classics.

Ms. Overholt received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, and her Masters, Master of Musical Arts and Doctorate in Vocal Performance from Yale University studying under Metropolitan Opera Soprano Phyllis Curtin who taught at the Tanglewood Music Center for 51 years.

Burning Bright (Review)

Harmonium (Review)

Legacy of Songs (Review)

As a teacher, Dr. Overholt has also for the past 10 years been the Artistic Director and Founder of the Queens Summer Vocal Institute for Emerging Young Artists and High School Students at Queens College. For the past 15 years she has been the Founder and Artistic Director of the Westchester Summer Vocal Institute for young professionals.

She adjudicates for the Fulbright Foundation, Classical Singer, National Opera Association and gives masterclasses year-round. Dr. Overholt has been passionate about mentoring young students as a college professor for over twenty years. Her dedication, wisdom and experience at The Aaron Copland School help provide young artists with the tools and technical foundation at the undergraduate and graduate level and guides them further to the next level of concert and operatic successes.



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