Sharon Davis Gratto

Professor; Chair
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: Music

  • Location: CPC 475A
  • Phone: 937-229-3936

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Sharon Davis Gratto is Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music at the University of Dayton. Dr. Gratto came to the University of Dayton from the Sunderman Conservatory of Music at Gettysburg College in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, where she was Coordinator of Music Education and conductor of the Women's Choir, the World Music Ensemble, and the Gettysburg College Children's Choir.

Dr. Gratto is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory, American University, the State University of New York at Potsdam, and Catholic University. She taught at the University of Maryland and at K-12 schools in Germany, Spain, Nigeria, and in the Washington, D.C. area. Dr. Gratto recently completed six years as National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the American Choral Directors Association, having also served in that capacity in Pennsylvania and the ACDA Eastern Division.  She was recently appointed Ethnic and Multicultural R & S Chair for the Ohio Choral Directors Association. She was Multicultural Chair for the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association (PMEA), the Higher Education Curriculum and Instruction representative for PMEA District Seven, and a board member of the International NETWORK of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education. Dr. Gratto was a program evaluator for the Pennsylvania Humanities Council and the Pennsylvania Department of Education. She is the Ohio Music Education Association Chair for the Society of Music Teacher Education. Dr. received a  research award from the International NETWORK of Schools for the Advancement of Arts Education, a Callie Award from Adams County (PA) United Way as Outstanding Woman in the Arts, and a PMEA Citation of Excellence in Higher Education, as well as the 2008-09 Outstanding Music Education Alumni Award from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.  She has been recognized for service to the Dayton community by Nigeria United in Dayton and the Miami Valley Region and by the Embassy of Saudi Arabia. Dr. Gratto is a trustee for the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance and a board member of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company, and she served on the 10th Anniversary Committee of the Bach Society of Dayton. She volunteers frequently as an on-air fundraiser host for WDPR Classical Radio in Dayton.

In addition to adjudicating choral festivals and flute and voice solo and ensemble festivals and competitions, Dr. Gratto has conducted honor choirs on all grade levels in seven states. She has performed professionally as a flutist and mezzo soprano. Dr. Gratto completed three levels of training in Orff-Schulwerk and World Music Drumming and received the Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from the Marta Sanchez Dalcroze Training Center at Carnegie Mellon University.

Research Interests

  • World choral music
  • Audition anxiety
  • Arts-in-education programs
  • Arts instruction in alternative school formats
  • Mentoring new music teachers
  • El sistema programs for urban youth