Associate Professor of Practice
- Division:Classical Performance and Composition
Sharon Lavery’s extensive career has led her to conduct in distinguished concert halls across the United States, including Carnegie Hall on several occasions. Currently, she serves as resident conductor of the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony, Chamber Orchestra and Wind Ensemble. She has led the Thornton ensembles in concert on countless occasions, and served as music director of the Thornton Concert Orchestra for seven years. In addition to these duties at USC, Lavery teaches instrumental conducting.
Lavery is also known as an advocate for music education. She has conducted the Honors Performance Series Orchestra at Carnegie Hall, a national honors orchestra consisting of some of the most elite high school musicians in the country. She has conducted the California All-State High School Concert Band, the Texas 4A All-State Band, and has appeared multiple times at Carnegie as conductor of the Honors Performance Series Band. Ms. Lavery has also served as a guest conductor for several district honor bands throughout California.
Hailing from Ossining, New York, Lavery received her bachelor of music education degree from Michigan State University and master of music in clarinet performance from the New England Conservatory of Music. She also earned a master of music in orchestral conducting from USC Thornton, receiving the Leonard Bernstein Memorial Scholarship for two consecutive years.
- MM, New England Conservatory of Music, 1993; MM, USC Thornton School of Music, 2000
- BM, Michigan State University