KIM D. SHERMAN composes for the theater, opera, the concert stage, and film. Her music has been described as “rhapsodic and lush” as well as “craggy and leap-about.” She embraces lyricism and dissonance as equal partners in conveying dramatic musical landscapes.
In 2019, THE CLARA CYCLE, for Soprano, Violin and Piano premiered at Steinway Hall in NYC. SUMMER, 1976 a song cycle for lyric baritone and string quartet was premiered at The Opera Center in New York City in 2016. SONG OF SONGS, for strings, harp and soprano was premiered in 2004 by San José Chamber Orchestra and soprano Allison Charney. GRAVESIDE, her a cappella choral work, was recorded by Musica Sacra and has been performed throughout the US and Europe.
On Broadway, she wrote incidental music for I HATE HAMLET. Her music-theater works include LOVE’S COMEDY (a chamber opera based on the play by Henrik Ibsen,) and several musicals, among them: HEARTLAND (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Goodspeed, Milwaukee Rep, Dallas Summer Musicals.) O PIONEERS! (Huntington Theatre Company, TheatreWorks Silicon Valley, Baltimore Center Stage, The Acting Company,) HONOR SONG FOR CRAZY HORSE (TheatreWorks Silicon Valley,) THE BOXCAR CHILDREN (Theatreworks USA,) and THE TWO ORPHANS (Brandeis University.) She has written incidental music for many plays in regional theaters throughout the United States.
Currently under construction is a through-composed music-theatre work: ADA, the spectacular story of computer pioneer Ada Lovelace. Also in development is a musical theatre work based on a letter written by Samuel Clemens to his daughter Susy.
And for the past four years, she has been the composer in residence with Still Waters In A Storm, working with Stephen Haff (Founder of Still Waters) and a group of immigrant children in Bushwick, Brooklyn. Together, they are adapting Don Quixote into The Traveling Serialized Adventures of Kid Quixote, a play with songs.
Ms. Sherman studied piano and composition at Lawrence University, and composition and orchestration with composer Thea Musgrave. Her career started in Minneapolis, where she was awarded two Kudos Awards for her work in the theatre. She has enjoyed residencies at The MacDowell Colony and The Banff Centre. A New Yorker since 1983, she is a regular volunteer composer and mentor for The 52nd Street Project. www.kdsherman.com