Faculty

Sharon Moe

Horn (Precollege)

Sharon Moe is a renowned French horn virtuoso, teacher and composer, with degrees from St. Olaf College and Manhattan School of Music. At age 17 she won the WAMSO Competition and made her solo debut with the Minnesota Orchestra. A recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from St. Olaf and the Most Valuable Performer Award from NARAS (National Academy for Recording Arts and Sciences), she was chosen by Leonard Bernstein to be Solo Horn for the world premiere and recording of his Mass at the Kennedy Center. Her solo performance in the world premiere of Messiaen’s From the Canyons to the Stars in Lincoln Center’s Alice Tully Hall was critically acclaimed. Distinguished performers she has worked with include Julius Rudel, James Levine, Jose Serebrier, Luciano Pavarotti, Andrea Bocelli, Tony Bennett, Philip Glass, Billy Joel, Elton John, Bernadette Peters, Frank Sinatra, Arturo O’Farrill’s Afro Latin Jazz Orchestra, Wynton Marsalis, Patti Labelle, Menahem Pressler, Murray Perahia, Beverly Sills, Danny Kaye, Kathy Lee Gifford, Michael Tilson Thomas, Placido Domingo, Marin Alsop, Marvin Hamlich, Clark Terry, Stephen Schwartz, Ray Charles, Stephen Sondheim, Gerard Schwartz, Barbara Cook, John Corigliano and Philippe Entremont. She has recorded for the children’s TV show Wonder Pets, which has won several Emmys for its music. She has recorded for New World Records, Koch, Nonesuch, CBS Records, Newport Classics, Musical Heritage and Deutsche Grammophon.

Her composition Windows, premiered by the Long Island Philharmonic (Chris Keene, conductor), was nominated for the Pulitzer Prize. Her works, composed under the name Sharon Moe Miranda, have received numerous awards from ASCAP and been performed by the American Symphony, Buffalo Philharmonic, Helsinki Symphony, Houston Symphony, Juilliard Wind Ensemble, St. Olaf College Band, Long Island Master Works Chorus and Orchestra, Bronx Arts Ensemble, and New York Chamber Soloists. She was honored at a film festival at the Museum of Modern Art for her score ECHOES for the Children’s Television Workshop Contact 321 Science program.

A member of the Manhattan School of Music Precollege French horn and chamber music faculty since 1995, Ms. Moe is also on the faculty of LIU C.W. Post and NJCU. Currently Principal Horn for New York Chamber Soloists, Long Island Philharmonic, The Bronx Arts Ensemble, and St. Cecelia’s Orchestra (Carnegie Hall), she has also performed Principal Horn with New Philharmonic of New Jersey, Colonial Symphony, New York City Opera, and Teatro Grattacielo (at Lincoln Center). She was married to the late, great French hornist Anthony Miranda. They have a beautiful daughter, Antonia.

Manhattan School of Music Precollege faculty since 1995.