Sharon Davis Gratto
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Sharon Davis Gratto is a 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 conducted the Women's Choir, the World Music Ensemble, and the Gettysburg College Children's Choir.
Dr. Gratto is a graduate of Oberlin College, American University, the State University of New York at Potsdam, and Catholic University. She taught at the University of Maryland and at schools in Germany, Spain, Nigeria, and the Washington, D.C. area. Dr. Gratto is National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives for the American Choral Directors Association, having served in that capacity on the state and division levels. 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 received a NETWORK research award, a Callie Award from Adams County (PA) United Way as Outstanding Woman in the Arts, and a PMEA Citation of Excellence in Higher Education and is the recipient of the 2008-09 Outstanding Music Education Alumni Award from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music.
In addition to adjudicating choral festivals, 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.
- World choral music
- Audition anxiety
- Arts-in-education programs
- Arts instruction in alternative school formats
- Mentoring new music teachers