Currently, Sharon is a sophomore 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, 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.
Sharon 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.
According to Sharon, “ Ones strengths are not measured by accomplishments, but rather how they help others reach their goals. The professors, staff members and students at Fresno State make teamwork an intricate part of the college experience. Teamwork that is practiced improves the students networking and communication skills, and better prepares the student for life after college.”