Sharon Broadley-Martin

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Sharon Broadley-Martin is an associate professor in the Contemporary Writing and Production Department, where she has taught vocal writing since 2002. She is the coauthor (with Matthew Nicholl) of the advanced vocal writing curriculum. She has recorded four CDs with Nippon/Columbia Records and two with Pausa Records as composer, arranger, and vocalist; and published 30 jazz vocal arrangements through UNC Jazz Press.

Broadley-Martin has performed around the globe at such prestigious festivals and venues as George Wein's Newport Jazz Festival (Japan), Montreal Jazz Fest, North Sea Jazz Festival (Finland), and the Boston Hatch Shell. As a studio singer, she has worked on several projects with Emmy-winning producer and writer Brad Hatfield. She has also directed the Berklee Jazz Choir, Boston College's B.C. Bop, and numerous all-state and college ensembles around the country.

  • Career Highlights
    • Leader of the Ritz (1980–1990)
    • Arranger, composer, and vocalist on Nippon Columbia Records and Pausa Records
    • Performances at festivals including George Wein's Newport Jazz Festival (Japan), Montreal Jazz Fest, North Sea Jazz Festival (Finland), and Jazz à Vienne in France
    • Compositions and arrangements published through UNC Jazz Press
    • Vocalist on various movies, soap operas, websites, and jingles (BoratPassions,, Dunkin' Donuts, AT&T)
    • International clinician
  • Education
    • Berklee College of Music
    • New England Conservatory of Music

In Their Own Words

"Writing and singing, singing and writing: these are things I've done since I was very young. Now that I teach vocal writing, here is the perfect place to give my students, many of whom are primarily instrumentalists, the inside scoop on writing and arranging for vocalists and vocal ensembles."

"Diversity with respect to cultural background is so strong here at Berklee. And what could be more diverse than the human voice? The range of possible commercial settings for using singers is vast: anything from slickly produced jingles to childrens' voices for cartoon theme songs to background harmonies and riffing in pop, R&B, and soul bands, not to mention the variety of ranges, registers, timbres, and sweet spots to write for in soloists' voices."

"As a singer, I've performed both as a soloist and in multipart ensembles. I've been lucky enough to record in some of the best studios backed by well-established companies. I presently do a great deal of jingle work and background singing for TV and film. Based on my experience, I'm in a unique position to offer contemporary writers insight to a singer's approach to reading, interpreting, rehearsing, and performing their material."

"Thanks to the Contemporary Writing and Production Department here at Berklee, there exists a specific series of courses that help student writers learn how to prepare this type of material properly. I'm thrilled to be teaching this and know that I'm sending my students out into the music industry well prepared."