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Name: Sherr, Laurence (1953-)

Historical Note:

Laurence E. Sherr was born in Atlanta, Georgia, in 1953. He was the oldest son of immigrants from Europe who escaped the Holocaust. Sherr's father emigrated from Poland in 1937, settling in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, before moving to Atlanta. His mother was evacuated from Germany to Switzerland in 1939 via the kindertransport. She stayed in Switzerland until the end of World War II, emigrating to New York and arriving in Atlanta in 1947.

As a child, Sherr worked in his parent's grocery story near Herndon Homes and the campus of Georgia Tech. He graduated from Grady High School in 1971 and attended Georgia Tech, Georgia State University, and Dekalb Community College before entering the music program at Duke University. Sherr received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Music from Duke University in 1978 and a Master's degree in Music Theory from the University of Illinois. He studied abroad for one year at the Banff Centre School of Fine Arts in Alberta, Canada, before returning to the University of Illinois to earn a doctorate in Music in 1988. Dr. Sherr returned to Atlanta and worked from 1988 to 1995 as a freelance composer and musician. He started at Kennesaw State University in 1996 as an adjunct faculty member and Composer-in-Residence. In 1997 Sherr received a tenure-track position and developed a course in world music.

Dr. Sherr was the recipient of the KSU Foundation Prize for Publication in 2003 and 2005 for his compositions, as well as the Distinguished Research and Creative Activity Award in 2012.

Sources: KSU/45/05/001, Kennesaw State University Oral history project, Kennesaw State University Oral history series, Item 112: Interview with Laurence E. Sherr
Note Author: Anne M. Graham

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