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Sharon Mautner-Rodgers is a California native and won numerous competitions both as a soloist and a member of the Trio Con Brio. Sharon was a awarded a full music scholarship to attend the Crossroads School for Arts and Sciences where she received the Herbert Zipper award for excellence. Sharon has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, ENCORE school for strings, Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, Taos Chamber Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra, Bear Lake Music Festival, Oregon Coast Music Festival, Endless Mountain Music Festival, and the Lakes Area Music Festival.
Sharon has been a member of many professional orchestras, including the New World, Charleston, Naples, Memphis, Cedar Rapids, Quad Cities, Dubuque, Des Moines, Honolulu, Malaysian Philharmonic, and Wichita Symphonies. Her orchestral tours have taken her to Washington D.C.’s Kennedy Center, Carnegie Hall, Brazil, Uruguay, Argentina, The Bastille Opera House in Paris, and to Singapore.
Sharon has taught cello and coached chamber music at the Luzerne Music Center in NY, the Weathersfield Music Camp in VT, the Drake University Community School, and Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, in addition to maintaining a private studio for over 20 years.
Currently, Sharon is Associate Principal Cello of the South Dakota Symphony and Principal Cellist of the Mankato Symphony, as well as a regular sub with the Minnesota Orchestra. She teaches privately, and at Grace Christian School, in addition to Gustavus.
Locally, Sharon has also performed with the La Crosse Symphony, Rochester Symphony, and Minneapolis Pops Orchestra. She was also invited to perform with the IRIS chamber orchestra in Memphis TN, directed by Michael Stern.
Sharon is cellist of the BEKESH piano trio which performs around the state of Minnesota, and is a frequent guest artist of the “Music on the Hill” chamber series in Mankato.
Each summer, Sharon performs as Associate Principal cellist with the Missouri Symphony “Hot Summer Mights” festival and is on the faculty of the International Cello Institute cello camp.
She resides in Mankato with her husband Dr. Joseph Rodgers, and is the proud mother of 2 sons and a daughter.
Curtis Institute of Music, Cleveland Institute of Music, B.M., Ellis A. Feiman Memorial Award