Originally from Savannah, Georgia (USA), Sharon Mays is a postgraduate student at Cambridge University on the MMus in Choral Studies. She is a member Selwyn College, where she sings in their chapel choir.
Sharon graduated from Samford University (Birmingham, Alabama) with a Bachelor of Music in Sacred Music. During her time there she was the recipient of a dozen scholarships and worked closely with Philip Copeland, Paul A. Richardson, and Eric Mathis. As a member of Samford’s University Fellows Program, she continued her classical education through intense study of the “great books” with top faculty and students. An active choral singer, she sang in her church’s Cathedral Choir, her university’s A Cappella Choir, and a Birmingham-based Renaissance polyphony ensemble, Highland Consort. Samford’s student chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA) was developed significantly during her three years in leadership. Sharon applied her studies in sacred music through an internship at the Cathedral Church of the Advent (Episcopal) in Birmingham with Frederick Teardo where she assisted in leading the cathedral’s music department and various ensembles. She has studied voice as a soprano for six years, previously with Brad Diamond and now with Anita Morrison. In her last year of university she began organ studies with Frederick Teardo and now studies with Alex Goodwin.