Aaron Copland School of Music Faculty

   Sherry Overholt (Adjunct Professor)

Fields of Study:
Performance (voice)

Degrees and Studies:
D.M.A., Yale University

Biographical Information:
Sherry Overholt, soprano has combined a long and successful career of operatic and concert performances, in addition to her teaching positions here at Queens College and at Purchase College. She has sung numerous lyric coloratura roles, including Gilda, Violetta, Zerlina, Valencienne, Musetta, Pamina, Micaela, and Marzelline. On the concert stage, Ms. Overholt has appeared 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 recital Ms. Overholt and her husband, baritone Lee Velta, have sung over 300 concerts with Columbia Artists Community Concerts nationally and internationally. Ms. Overholt premiered the title role in Frank Lewin’s opera Burning Bright, which she subsequently recorded for the Albany record label. She is currently recording Vincent Persichetti’s Harmonium for Albany as well.

As professor of voice her students have been contracted by numerous opera companies and festivals, including New York City Opera and Santa Fe Opera, and have won many competitions, including the Liederkranz, National Association of Teachers, Jenny Lind Competition and the Metropolitan Council Awards. Ms. Overholt received her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami, and her Master of Music, Master of Musical Arts and DMA in vocal performance from Yale University.

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