Sharon has been schooled in numerous instruments throughout her life, including piano, violin, recorder and alto saxophone. After nearly 20 years in the corporate world as an engineer and manager, Sharon decided to dedicate herself full-time to her music in 2003. She set up a studio in her home and allowed her creative energy to flow. She also completed her Masters Certificate in Songwriting in 2006, and received her Specialist Certificate in Orchestration for Film and TV in early 2013 from the Berklee College of Music (online).  Sharon is continuing her music studies in production, composing and harmony classes through a number of online schools!
Sharon has just released her 6th solo instrumental CD in 2021, Lake of Dreams, which is a mixture of all-original New Age, Ambient and Contemporary Classical music. Sharon's music can be heard on many online radio stations, as well as Sirius/XM and Galaxie channels. Her music is also available for licensing

Latest News

Just released my latest CD, Lake of Dreams, on December 9th, 2021! It's a mixture of all original New Age, Ambient and Contemporary Classical music. Check it out if you need some calming and inspiring downtime! 

Press Info

Many of Sharon's CDs have made it into the top 20 on the New Age Reporter's charts. A couple of her songs can be heard on U.S. and International Radio stations, as well as XM and Sirius Satellite (XM/Sirius SPA channel) and the Galaxie network's channel "The Spa". Her music is also licensed through a number of U.S. and International Film/TV/Ad Music Libraries. Contact Sharon, download presskits, and read more at: http://www.dustydreamsmusic.com

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Mars Lasar, Diane Arkenstone, Suzanne Ciana, David Arkenstone, Yanni (a little bit) and Enya (again, a little bit)....alot of people say my music sounds like film music!

Influences

Vangelis, Ulrich Schnauss, Darshan Ambient, About 9, Ludovico Einaudi, George Skaroulis, The Album Leaf, Deuter, Film Composers (too many to list!), Beethoven, Chopin, Vaughan Williams, Mahler, Wagner, Chick Corea, Aaron Copland, Yes, Dave Brubeck, Yanni, Enya, David Arkenstone and a host of others from New Age to Classical to Electronic/Ambient to Rock...pretty much, I like a wide variety of music!

Bio

Sharon West is a composer and songwriter who played piano, recorder, violin and saxophone while growing up. She has a B.S. and an M.S. in Engineering from the U of I (Champaign) and an MBA from Northwestern University. She worked for 20 years in Telecom at Ameritech and Tellabs before studying songwriting and orchestration at the Berklee School of Music (online) and setting up her own music studio in her home. Along with composing and producing albums, Sharon was a part-time professor of Quality and Operations classes, and a part-time Process and Management Consultant from 2012-2019. Sharon continues online music studies in Cinematic Composing, Orchestration, Advanced Harmony and Music Production through various online schools and platforms.

Sharon's original instrumentals display a wide range of genres from piano to orchestral renderings that cross the boundaries of New Age, Neo-Classical, Soundtrack, Ambient and Electronic. Instrumentation includes piano, strings, various orchestral instruments, percussion as well as many flavors of synthesizers. The pieces range from quiet, introspective melodies to well-tempered electronica to rich orchestrations. She is interested in exploring topics such as Nature, Introspection, Mysteries of Life, and Spirituality through her music.

She has released 6 New Age CDs on her own (the latest, Lake of Dreams, was released in DECEMBER 2021). She has also collaborated with local songwriter, Joyce Tumea, on the Holiday Treasures CD in December 2007, and with Dorothy May, PhD on the guided meditation and music CD Be Still and Breathe, which was released in July 2009.

She is working on new music to be released over the next couple years. Her website is www.dustydreamsmusic.com

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  • Member Since: 2004
  • Last Login: 9/29/2022

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Comments

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Kate Boyer
over 30 days ago to Sharon West

Great sounds and great titles!

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Sharon West
over 30 days ago

Thank you, Kate! I appreciate the feedback and uplifting comments as I'm knee-deep in my next album and needed your kind remarks! '

Thanks much,
Sharon



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Kevin Winkel
over 30 days ago to Sharon West

Thanks Sharon for all the high song ratings! Your opinions are valued and appreciated.
Blessings,
Kevin

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Sharon West
over 30 days ago

You are welcome, Kevin! Your songs are great and I'm glad to see many of them getting placed in Opportunities - Congratulations! Your production sound is excellent - can I ask what DAW programs/stup you use? Appreciate it if you care to share.
Thanks,
Sharon

Kevin Winkel
over 30 days ago

Studio One 4 is my DAW of choice and software is numerous. NI Komplete Ultimate 12 is used a lot. I own a dozen or more virtual pianos and they all have their place depending on the song. Two favorites would be C. Bechstein and Ravenscroft. Omnisphere is a favorite synth and Spitfire Audio are the preferred strings . . . again depending on the song. Waves and Slate Digital are some of the preferred plugins. Audio/Sample Modelling is a preferred solo instrument software.
I try to do the best I can but I never feel I reach the level I want to when it comes to production. It's just a constant learning curve.
Thanks for the complement anyhow! - Kevin


Sharon West
over 30 days ago

Thanks very much for the info, Kevin! That's quite a setup and I've used NI in the past but am not familiar with your DAW or many of the others. Thanks so much for the info, and I'd have to say your production sound is quite good - I thought some of them must have been Live in a studio, so that's saying something, lol!
Thanks again,
Sharon



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Billy Pilgrim
over 30 days ago to Sharon West

Hi Sharon,
I'm still smiling from all the stars you tossed up on my tune Lost Keys. Thank you tons for taking the time to listen in and tell me about it.

You take good care Sharon,
Billy



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