Sharon Davis Gratto

Professor; Director, World Music Choir; Graul Chair in Arts and Languages

Full-Time Faculty


Email: Sharon Davis Gratto
Phone: 937-229-3936

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Sharon Davis Gratto is Professor of Music, Graul Endowed Chair in Arts and Languages, and Director of the World Music Choir. She came to the University of Dayton in 2008 from Gettysburg College in Pennsylvania to be chair of the Department of Music, a position she held for nine years. While at Gettysburg, Dr. Gratto was Music Education Coordinator, a conductor of several choral ensembles, and founder and director for nine years of the Gettysburg Children's Choir.

Dr. Gratto is a graduate of the Oberlin College Conservatory of Music, American University, the State University of New York at Potsdam, and Catholic University and earned a Certificate in Dalcroze Eurhythmics from Carnegie Mellon University.

Dr. Gratto served the American Choral Directors Association for ten years as State (Pennsylvania and Ohio), Eastern Division, and National Repertoire and Standards Chair for Ethnic and Multicultural Perspectives. She is a member of the Board of Directors of the Dayton Contemporary Dance Company and a Founding Trustee of the Dayton Performing Arts Alliance. She was honored with Oberlin Conservatory’s Music Education Alumni Award in 2008 and the College of Arts and Sciences’ Outstanding Service Award in 2014.


  • D.M.A., Catholic University of America, 1994
  • M.Mus., State University of New York, 1986
  • M.A. American University, 1968
  • B.Mus, Oberlin College, 1966

Research Interests

  • World music and its transformative power for performers and audiences
  • Mentoring new music teachers
  • El sistema programs for urban youth
  • Arts instruction in alternate school formats
  • Arts-in-Education programs
  • Audition anxiety