Teacher Profile: Sharon Avis

Sharon Avis, Harp Instructor, The Schwartz School of Music

Areas of Specialty:

Piano, Harp

Born and educated in Wichita, Kansas, Sharon Avis studied piano and later began harp lessons with Mary Eby Bickford. She continued harp study with Mary Bickford until graduation from Wichita State University. After earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Music Education, with a double performance major in voice and harp, Sharon studied with Margaret Ling (Kansas University, Lawrence, Kansas). While living in Columbus, Ohio, she had the opportunity to study with Gisele Herbert (Paris Conservatory, Paris, France), Jude Mollenhauer (Columbus Symphony Harpist, Columbus, Ohio) and attended Master Classes with Susan Allen, Alice Chalifoux and Harvi Griffin. Sharon attended Capital University and earned 15 hours of Master’s Level expertise in Kodaly Method of Music Education.

As Instructor of Harp, Sharon taught at Wichita State University (Wichita, Kansas), Washburn University (Topeka, Kansas), Capital University (Columbus, Ohio), Community Music School (Capital University), Denison University (Granville, Ohio) and Newark Public Schools (Newark, Ohio). Sharon has maintained a private studio and has taught students in Wichita, Kansas, Topeka, Kansas, Columbus, Ohio, Romeo, Michigan, Ajax, Ontario, Canada and presently in Sunbury, Ohio.

Through her career, she has played harp extensively with many groups in Wichita, Kansas, Topeka, Kansas, Columbus, Ohio, Romeo, Michigan, Oakland, Michigan, the Province of Ontario and currently, in the Sunbury, Ohio and surrounding area. Sharon has performed as soloist and/or harpist with the Wichita State University Orchestra (James Robertson), the Wichita State University Percussion Ensemble (James Sewrey), the W.S.U. Opera (Robert Mesrobian), the W.S.U. Theater, the Wichita Symphony (Francois Huybrechts), the Washburn University Orchestra, the Topeka Symphony, substituted as harpist for the Kansas City Symphony, served as first harpist for the Steeltown Symphony, harpist with the Stone Circle Theater and was harpist for the Wilfred/Laurier University (Waterloo, Ontario) opera production of “Dialogue of the Carmelites.” General playing experience includes: hotel restaurants, private restaurants, weddings, receptions, funerals, corporate events, harp solo and harp ensemble, harp/instrumental ensembles in duo, trio, quartet, quintet and orchestra and accompanying vocalists and choral groups.

Sharon was a member of the Wichita, Kansas Chapter of The American Harp Society and was a founding member and past president of the Topeka, Kansas and Columbus, Ohio chapters of the AHS. Sharon was also an active member of the Toronto, Ontario Chapter of the AHS.