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Sharon Rich Peterson, Our Accompanist

Sharon Peterson

Pianist for the Chicago Symphony Chorus since auditioning as a North Park College student in 1978, Sharon R. Peterson continues as Accompanist for the CSC as well as at Northwestern University, North Park University, and the North Shore Choral Society, starting in 1979.  She has served as accompanist for several years for Chicago Symphony Singers and CSC’s resident ensembles.  During the seven years spent living in Sweden and Norway, Sharon developed a specialty in Scandinavian Piano Repertoire as well as serving 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 Ravinia’s Steans Institute.  

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, been Music Director twice of the Lyric Opera’s “Opera In the Neighborhood” touring production of The Magic Flute, served as staff accompanist at Roosevelt University, pianist for Candle Opera, and accompanist in the studios of soprano Maria Lagios and saxophonist Frederick Hemke.  Sharon toured Hawaii with singers Kathleen and Peter van de Graaff and performs with them regularly.  Active as a piano and organ recitalist and coach, Sharon is also organist at North Park Theological Seminary and North Park Covenant Church.