A native of Minneapolis, Shari Latz Rothman, harpist, has performed with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet, Celtic Thunder, the Los Angeles Master Chorale Sinfonia Orchestra, Josh Groban and Johnny Mathis. She has recorded with Prince, the National Lutheran Choir, and the Los Angeles-based rock band, The Velvet Chain. Shari has taught harp for over 25 years. She is on the faculty of The College of Saint Benedict/St. John’s University and MacPhail Center for Music, where she teaches individual lessons in the studio and on Skype, co-directs the Arpeggio Harp Ensemble, and leads a summer harp camp for beginners. Ms. Rothman performs regularly throughout the Twin Cities with choirs, orchestras and chamber music ensembles, as well as at weddings, parties and community events.
Shari holds a Bachelor of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Michigan and the Master of Music degree in harp performance from the University of Southern California, where she was the recipient of a USC graduate teaching fellowship. Her primary teachers were Lynne Aspnes, Frances Miller and JoAnn Turovsky. Ms. Rothman helped revitalize the Weiger Lepke-Sims Family Sacred Music Award and created the ARCH Award for arrangements and compositions for the harp. She is a past President of the Minnesota Chapter of the American Harp Society.