Laurence Sherr

Laurence Sherr's compositions have been performed in Europe, Asia, the Middle East, North America, Australia, New Zealand, and the Caribbean, including in 35 states across the U.S. An array of awards recognize his work.

His expertise in music and the Holocaust is manifest through the creation of Holocaust remembrance compositions, the production of Holocaust remembrance events, and through international lecturing, research, and teaching. These activities are synthesized in his recent Music of Resistance and Survival Project. Other areas of creative work include pieces for solo performers and music inspired by nature. Several studies examine his contributions, including the Florida State University doctoral treatise Laurence Sherr: Chamber Music for Flute.

Sherr is the founder and clarinetist of the Atlanta band Oy Klezmer!.

Spring 2018 highlights

• March 9: "Suppressed Music and Art during the Nazi Era" lecture, Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków, Poland
• March 10: Music of Resistance and Survival concert, Galicia Jewish Museum, Kraków, Poland
• May 10: Fugitive Footsteps performed in Hamburg, Germany
• May 29: National broadcast of the cello sonata on Radio New Zealand

Fall 2017 highlights

• Featured composer on Performance Today with broadcast of the cello sonata – Sherr segment heard by an estimated 600,000 listeners in several 2017 Performance Today broadcasts
• 2 performances of the cello sonata in Los Angeles, CA
Lecture and performance, Jødisk Museum, Oslo, Norway
Fugitive Footsteps performance, Ullern Chamber Choir, Oslo, Norway
Music of Resistance and Survival concert, Florida Holocaust Museum, St. Petersburg, FL

Summer 2017 highlights
• feature article, KSU Magazine: Historical Notes: Professor teaches Holocaust remembrance through music
• Forfest Festival, Kromeriz, Czech Republic
    European premiere of Nocturne for piano by Luke Raffanti
    lecture: "International Engagement Through Holocaust Remembrance Events"

Spring 2017 highlights
• Songs Not Silenced: Music Forbidden in the Holocaust, concert with commentary by Sherr
  AIB Special Presentation (concert highlights in a one-hour TV program)
  WABE-FM radio interview

  Atlanta Journal-Constitution article

Quick links
Upcoming events
Music of Resistance and Survival Project

Music and Holocaust lectures
YouTube videos
Sherr compositions
2015 Atlanta Holocaust Remembrance concerts
"A Conversation with – Laurence Sherr" (TV program)
Dr. Laurence Sherr
Composer-in-Residence, Professor of Music

Kennesaw State University
School of Music
491 Bartow Ave., #3201
Kennesaw, GA 30144-5591

Phone: 470-578-3406
Fax: 470-578-9124
E-mail: Lsherr[at]
MacDowell Colony residency, Peterborough, New Hampshire, 2002. Photo by Joanna E. Morrissey.