Sharon Dennison joined the Hartford Symphony Orchestra in 1980. She became the Assistant Principal Violist in 1985, and the Principal Violist in 1993. Sharon grew up in Maryland, near Washington, D.C., and attended American University where she earned a Bachelors degree in Music Education, and the Yale School if Music where she earned a Master of Music Performance degree as a student of Raphael Hillyer.
Sharon teaches privately in her home in West Hartford, and at Miss Porter’s School. She plays chamber music throughout CT and also performs with Orchestra New England and Springfield Symphony. Sharon is married to Stephen Perry, the Principal Tubist of the Hartford Symphony, and has two children, Douglas and Mia. Yuki, a Shiba Inu dog is also a member of the family.
When not playing the viola, teaching, or caring for her family, Sharon loves to swim and run. She frequently participates in road races from 5k’s to full marathons. Sharon has completed 16 marathons, and is always looking forward to the next one.
Several years ago, Sharon made a quality of life decision, and “passed the baton” to Michael Wheeler, who won the Principal Viola audition for the chair that she decided to vacate, and she feels very fortunate to share a stand with Michael as Assistant Principal Violist of the Hartford Symphony Orchestra.