Sharon Gross holds a Bachelor of Music Education Degree from the University of North
Texas with a certification in Choral Music Education and also has a Master of Vocal
Performance Degree from University of North Texas, with an emphasis in opera and choral
music. She was a vocal student of Dr. Stephen Farish and Mr. Harold Heiberg. During
her musical studies at UNT. Ms. Gross was a member of the UNT Madrigal Singers conducted
by Dr. Robert Ottman and the UNT A cappella Choir, conducted by Mr. Frank McKinley.
She performed with the UNT Choir at the Kennedy Center in Washington D. C., and also
toured with the choir, during her graduate studies, to Poland, England, Holland, France,
and Belgium. She also studied voice in New York with Mr. Bill Schuman and sang professionally
with the Ridgewood Singers touring Paris, Monte Carlo, Germany, and England performing
with the Jazz Ensemble “Vocal Point.” She has performed and directed operas and musicals
throughout her career. Ms. Gross performed with the Dallas Opera Chorus, Fort Worth
Opera Chorus and also performed with Fort Worth Opera in the artist program. Ms.
Gross sang with Robert Shaw Chorale in New York at Carnegie Hall during performances of Beethoven’s Missa Solemnis. Sharon Gross was a member of the Dallas Symphony Chorus under the direction of Mr.
Joshua Habermann during 2013-2016. During June of 2014, Ms. Gross toured Spain and
France (Provence) with the Dallas Symphony Chorus as they performed the Mozart Requiem.
Ms. Gross taught applied voice and directed voice students in select operatic productions
at The Hockaday School in Dallas, Texas. The voice students were involved in performing
musicals within the school community and also performed the following opera presentations: La Voix Humaine, Suor Angelica, Hansel and Gretel and The Telephone. Voice students also competed in National Association of Teachers’ of Singing contests
and TPSMEA (Texas Private School Music Educators’ Association) contests and events.
Ms. Gross also taught as an Adjunct Vocal Instructor at Dallas Baptist University
and continued to maintain a private voice studio throughout her career. As a choral
music educator and voice teacher, Ms. Gross was on staff at R. L. Paschal High School
in Fort Worth and also Fort Worth Country Day College Preparatory School in Fort Worth.
During 2005-2014, Ms. Gross served as the Chairman of the Performing Arts Department
at Irving High School. She was the Director of Choirs and coached students in individual
voice instruction. The A cappella Choir performed in the American Music Festival
at the Meyerson Symphony Concert Hall, and the Vocal Jazz Ensemble performed for many venues throughout the DFW area. Many
of her students performed and advanced to the state level of UIL Solo/Ensemble competition.
During her tenure at Irving High School, Ms. Gross conducted the vocalists, chorus,
and orchestra during the Performing Arts musical theater productions, and also served
as the producer of the productions. Also, during her tenure within the Irving ISD,
Ms. Gross was awarded the honor of Irving High School Campus Teacher of the Year and
was also selected as an Irving ISD District Secondary Teacher of the Year. Sharon
Gross is currently in her second year at The University of Dallas as an Adjunct Professor
of Voice Practicum (private vocal study) Advanced Voice, and Lyric Theater in The
As a soprano soloist, Ms. Gross has performed in Mozart’s Requiem, Handel’s Messiah, and Mendelssohn’s Elijah. In addition, she has performed as a choral member and soloist for various church and
sacred music venues. Some of her operatic roles include ‘Suzanna’ and ‘Barbarina’
in The Marriage of Figaro and the role of the ‘Mother’ in Hansel and Gretel . Her musical theater roles include ‘Marion’ in The Music Man, ‘Martha Jefferson’ in 1776, ‘Laurey’ in Oklahoma, ‘Jenny’ in Shenandoah, and ‘Faye Templeton’ in George M.