Sharon Hanjian Rondeau began the study of the harp at the age of eight with Dr. Aristid von Wurtzler at the Hartt School of Music, University of Hartford. Her first public performance was at the age of 9 on Channel 3 in Hartford as a member of the Hartt College Harp Ensemble and as a soloist.
Sharon was a four-time winner at the Festival of Irish Culture in the Bronx, NY, and at the age of 15 performed for David Rockefeller in New York City. At the age of 16, she performed as a member of the orchestra with Tony Orlando & Dawn at the Hartford Civic Center, where Mr. Orlando addressed her by name and requested that she play a short “surprise” solo during the show.
In 1975 she was awarded a full scholarship to the Eastman School of Music to study with Eileen Malone.
For 28 years, Sharon performed extensively throughout New England as a freelance harpist at a wide variety of venues and events.
Sharon has been an orchestra member for the Connie Francis Show and at Goodspeed Opera House and played under the batons of Victor Borge and the late renowned wind ensemble conductor and arranger, Frederick Fennell.
From 1993 to 2007, Sharon was harpist with the University of Connecticut Wind Ensemble and Orchestra. In November 2004, she participated in a performance with the University of Connecticut Studio Orchestra at Carnegie Hall in a commissioned work honoring the fallen of 9/11.
From 1998 to 2015, she was solo performer at the annual UConn Physics Department Katzenstein Dinner.
From 2001 to 2016, Sharon was solo performer at the annual Diaconate Convocation for the Archdiocese of Hartford.
For 22 years, Sharon was harpist with the Manchester Symphony Orchestra & Chorale (MSOC), retiring in December 2016, and principal harpist with the New Britain Symphony Orchestra from 1998 to 2010, when the organization closed for several years. She has also performed with the Farmington Valley, Waterbury, Hartford, Connecticut Virtuosi and Willimantic Symphony Orchestras as well as the Greater Middletown Chorale under the batons of Larry Allen and his successor, Joseph D’Eugenio.
Sharon’s CD, “Celtic Reflections,” is a compilation of lesser-known Irish, Scottish and Welsh songs which she interpreted and arranged for the harp. A number of those selections appear in her collection titled “Easy Scottish Harp Music,” published in April 2009 by Mel Bay and carried by a variety of music retailers and specialty outlets.
In 1999, Sharon gave a copy of the CD to Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, at a special event in Hartford, CT where she was guest speaker and Sharon was chosen to provide the music.
Because much of her work has focused on showcasing the harp as a versatile solo instrument, Sharon is providing recordings of the selections she often played at special events to the public at a nominal charge (see Online Store). Many are her own unique arrangements which provided not only entertainment at weddings, receptions and other celebrations, but also comfort during meditative and solemn times.
Please visit Sharon’s HarpInMotion YouTube channel.
Since retiring, Sharon has been notating and publishing her arrangements for lever and pedal harp at SheetMusicPlus.