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Laurence Sherr

Laurence Sherr

Laurence Sherr is a composer of Holocaust memorial music, producer of remembrance events, and lecturer on music and the Holocaust. He is the son of a survivor. His memorial composition Flame Language, based on poetry by survivor and Nobel laureate Nelly Sachs, was a top prizewinner in the 2010 Classical Lounge national competition. Sherr has lectured on music related to the Holocaust in Israel, the Czech Republic, Germany, and the U.S., and was invited to present a workshop on teaching music and the Holocaust at the 2012 International Conference on Holocaust Education at Yad Vashem (site of the world’s largest Holocaust museum) in Jerusalem. In 2011, his lecture-recital at the Jewish Museum of Prague included a live performance of his cello work Elegy and Vision, and his Prague Holocaust Remembrance Concert was staged under the auspices of the U.S. Embassy. His 2009 concert and educational activities in Germany, produced in collaboration with the children of the generation who persecuted his mother and her family, led to reconciliation and healing. He developed the global-citizenship course Music and the Holocaust at Kennesaw State University. Through all of this work, his purpose is to foster greater understanding and tolerance.

Dr. Sherr is Composer-in-Residence and Professor of Music at Kennesaw State University in Atlanta. Honors and awards include top prizes in the Delius Composition Contest and the composition competition of the Association for the Promotion of New Music in New York City. International performances of his work have been given in Austria, Holland, Switzerland, Turkey, Japan, Canada, and Mexico. He has been awarded residency fellowships by the MacDowell Colony, the American Dance Festival, and Hot Springs National Park, among others. The Florida State University doctoral treatise Laurence Sherr: Chamber Music for Flute details his contribution, and CDs released by the Ein-Klang label in Europe and by Capstone Records in the U.S. include his compositions. He is the founder and clarinetist of the Atlanta klezmer band Oy Klezmer!.