Sharon Eyre, Musical Director
Sharon Christy Eyre was born in Glendale California. Her first solo was performed in her living room at the age of 5 accompanied by her mother on the piano. At the age of 8, she and her family moved to Las Vegas, NV. She began singing in choirs in the third grade and pretty much has been singing in choirs ever since! In 1972 she began directing church groups and city groups. Sharon joined the Sierra Nevada Chorale in 1979. She began giving voice lessons in the early 1980’s. In January 2017 she took over the position of Musical Director when Maestro Richard Lee retired.
Sharon is married to R. Craig Eyre and they are the parents of 7 children. In 1988, Sharon directed a production of “Fiddler on the Roof.” Since she was in the orchestra pit directing and her husband was on stage as Tevya, to save on babysitting costs, she cast all their children in the production. Music has been a central part of the Eyre family. You could say it is a “Tradition!”
Eric Kao, Accompanist
Eric is a recent graduate from the University of Nevada Reno, earning a Masters of Music in Collaborative Piano. He previously graduated with a Dual Bachelors Degree in Civil Engineering and Piano performance along with a Minor in Mathematics at UNR.
Eric has studied with Dr. James Winn and Dr. Hyeyeon Park throughout his high school and college career. In addition, he attended the San Francisco Conservatory of Music for a year to study with Dr. Timothy Bach.
As a pianist for eighteen years and a violinist for fourteen years, his musical experience ranges from solo performing to playing with full orchestras for both instruments; orchestras include the UNR Orchestra, TOCCATA, Ruby Mountain Symphony, and the Reno Pops Orchestra.
In 2008, he was the only freshman to perform a piano concerto with the University Orchestra. A year later, he was the winner of the First Annual Reno Pops Concerto Festival. As for solo performing, he was one of the prize winners at the 2010 Valencia Young Artist Piano Competition in Sacramento, CA. Eric is an active chamber musician and accompanist, collaborating with many students through the University and several freelance opportunities in the Nevada-California area.
Besides music, Eric enjoys several activities such as running, basketball, and kayaking. In 2016, Eric married Madalyn Annelise and the couple is expecting their first child.