Sharon Rogers

Sharon RogersSharon Rogers is currently a junior at California State University of Fresno, and studies voice under the direction of Helene Joseph-Weil. Prior to coming to Fresno State, she graduated as Valedictorian in 2009 from Theodore Roosevelt High School of the Performing Arts in Fresno. Sharon recently won 1st Place Soprano, Fresno Musical club Young Singer Award, 2012 and will be featured on KVPR on April 25th at 3:00pm. In 2011, she delivered an encore performance for the 2011 Orpheus Annual Fundraiser and in 2010, she wrote the libretto for an opera, “Mother, Please,” which premiered in the fall. The musical score was composed by fellow student and composition major, Carlos Gamboa. She was recently offered the role of Constance in Dialogue of the Carmelites for a six week summer program in San Francisco hosted by the California Opera Academy.
Sharon has engaged in multiple honorable performances. She has sung for John D. Welty, President of Fresno State on multiple occasions. In 2011, Sharon performed the role of the Angel in Respighi’s oratorio, “Laud to the Nativity,” with the CSU Fresno Concert Choir. In the Opera Workshop program, Sharon played the roles of Erika in a full production of “Mother, Please,” and Cunegonde in scenes from Candide by Leonard Bernstein. Sharon has experienced working with many musicians during master classesSharon Rogers at Fresno State, including Yefim Maizel, Isabel Bayrakdarian, Scott Piper, Rodney Eichenberger, and Marcus Nance.
In addition to singing opera and classical repertoire, Sharon has also sung in other genres including jazz and modern compositions. She participated in the New Music Festival in 2011, performing “Varsity Pewter” by Charles Amirkhanian. She also actively aids the music composition department at her school; she has presented lectures to beginning composition students and serves as secretary of the Composer’s Guild organization. She participated in a vocal quartet for the Jazz Ensemble in 2011. During a SummerArts course, Jazz and Beyond, Sharon was asked to collaborate and perform “As Tears Go By” by Tim Reis, former saxophone player of the Rolling Stones. The California Opera Academy (COA) recently offered Sharon the role of Constance in Francis Poulenc’s three-act opera Dialogues des carmélites. This intense six week program will be hosting fully staged productions of Don Giovanni (with full orchestra), Dialogues des carmélites, and Gianni Schicchi.
Sharon RogersThe program will take place in San Francisco from June 17 to July 29. In addition to the production of these operas, recitals of opera scenes will be performed throughout the program and students will receive diction and language coachings, audition technique workshops, Mozart and Rossini recitative classes, vocal coachings, etc. Special guests such as renowned opera coach Erie Mills, highly acclaimed opera stage director Lotfi Mansouri, critically praised mezzo soprano Catherine Cook, and San Francisco opera director Sheri Greenawald will be working one-on-one with the OAC Emerging Artists as part of the program’s Master Class Series.
Currently, Sharon is a [junior] at California State University, Fresno, and studies voice under the direction of Helene Joseph-Weil. Prior to coming to Fresno State, she graduated as Valedictorian in 2009 from Theodore Roosevelt High School of the Performing Arts in Fresno. Since her arrival at Fresno State, Sharon has actively pursued opportunities for both professional and personal growth through socialization,Sharon Rogers self-discovery and guidance from her professors. She participates in Vocal Workshop, Opera Workshop, Concert Choir and Jazz Ensemble. Sharon has performed for Fresno State President Dr. John D. Welty at the University House, delivered an encore performance for the 2011 Orpheus Annual Fundraiser and wrote the libretto for an opera, “Mother, Please,” which premiered in the fall of 2010. The musical score was composed by fellow student and composition major, Carlos Gamboa.
She began singing publicly at age four with a rendition of the country/pop hit song, “Blue Moon.” As she moved into elementary school, she was sent to the office several times for breaking out into song. Eventually, she learned how to control her urge to sing and concentrated her efforts on music and academics. Throughout junior high and high school, she maintained a high GPA, and simultaneously dedicated her time developing her musical skills. In addition to participating in choirs, musicals, and operas, she performed in a variety of settings including karaoke clubs, weddings and memorial services. Although she enjoys singing different styles of music, her favorite genre is opera.
Eureka House of MetalSharon was awarded First Place Soprano in the Youth International Competition for California Opera Association and was recognized in the Fresno Bee in an article focused on time management skills. In addition, she performed on Valley’s Public Radio Station (KVPR) Young Artists’ Spotlight and was awarded Roosevelt High School’s Most Valued Performer Award, Outstanding Performance in the Area of Vocal Music Award, Voices Unlimited Vocal Scholarship and the Principal’s Award for dedication and distinguished service.

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