Pianist for the Chicago Symphony Chorus since auditioning as a North Park College, (now University,) student in 1978, Sharon R. Peterson continues as Accompanist for the CSC, the trombone studio at Northwestern University, and the saxophone studios at DePaul and Roosevelt Universities, as well as North Park University’s School of Music, and the North Shore Choral Society.
She served as accompanist several years for the Chicago Symphony Singers and CSC’s resident ensembles as well.
During the seven years spent living in Sweden and Norway, Sharon developed a specialty in Scandinavian Piano Repertoire and served as staff accompanist at The Royal Academy of Music in Oslo, Norway. Sharon was also the Swedish and Norwegian language coach for the 2005 season at the Steans Institute at Ravinia, working with Baritone Håkan Hagegård. Studying with Elizabeth Buccheri at North Park College (BM degree) and Robert Weirich at Northwestern University (MM degree), Sharon has also accompanied the Lyric Opera Chorus for several seasons, twice worked as Music Director of the Lyric Opera’s “Opera In the Neighborhood” touring productions of The Magic Flute, served as staff accompanist at Roosevelt University, pianist for Candle Opera and accompanist in soprano Maria Lagios’ studio. Sharon toured Hawaii with singers Kathleen and Peter van de Graaff and performs with them regularly. Active as recitalist and coach, Sharon is also organist at North Park Theological Seminary and served at North Park Covenant Church from 1997 to 2013.