Sharon is a dedicated music teacher, singer, vocal coach, pianist and workshop clinician. She is a recipient of the Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society Award (USA), an international honor society founded in 1897 that recognises excellence in all academic disciplines. She is also a Multi-Medalist (garnering Gold, Silver and Bronze medals) at the 2015 World Championship of Performing Arts in Long Beach, California, USA. With 20 years of teaching experience, she has literally taught hundreds of students ranging from 1 year old to adults.
Born into a family of music lovers and educators, Sharon grew up with music from infancy. She did her first live solo recording at 3 years old singing a collection of songs for her father, accompanied by her mother on the guitar. By 5, she was leading songs in her Kindergarten class. At the same age, she started formal piano lessons which she enjoyed very much, and consequently, she decided to make music her professional career.
At the University of the Philippines, where she graduated cum laude, Sharon had the privilege to be taught by many of the most experienced and learnt people in the music industry – with teachers and professors hailing from prestigious music schools around the world such as the Juilliard School of Music, Conservatoire Nationale Superieur de Musique de Paris, and the Manhattan School of Music, to name a few. Her Piano, Voice, Music Theory and Choral Conducting teachers include Imelda Castrillo Ongsiako, Emmanuel Laureola, Rey Paguio, Dr Raul Navarro, Ryan Cayabyab, Jovianney Emmanuel Cruz, Nita Abrogar Quinto, Agot Espino, Michi Martinez, Dr Patricia Silvestre, Dr Ramon Santos, Gemma Malicdem, Dr Joy Marfil, Ligaya Quinitio, Dr Eudinice Palaruan, Dr Felicidad Prudente, and Dr Jose Buenconsejo. As a chorister, Sharon was a trainee in the UP Singing Ambassadors under Mr. Ed Manguiat, and then the UP Concert Chorus under Ms. Jai Aracama. She also had the rare privilege of meeting with and attending the concerts and masterclasses of many world-renowned artistes such as Cecile Licad, Yoyo-Ma, Reynaldo Reyes, Albert Tiu and many others. Sharon was greatly inspired by the talent, hard work, generosity and humility of these great artistes and teachers that she aspires to follow in their footsteps.
Her parents, being both teachers in their own fields, greatly influenced her to always find the most efficient methods and approaches in teaching. The various pedagogy courses she has taken and her keen interest in the intellectual, emotional and spiritual needs of her students help her mould her teaching methods to suit her students’ needs.
As a pianist and singer, Sharon has performed in the Philippines, Brunei Darussalam, Singapore, Malaysia, China and the USA. She has performed for many world leaders, and in Brunei has performed mainly in private and government functions for His Majesty Sultan Haji Hassanal Bolkiah Mu’izzaddin Waddaulah ibni Al-Marhum Sultan Haji Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Sa’adul Khairi Waddien, Sultan dan Yang di-Pertuan of Brunei Darussalam, Her Majesty Raja Isteri Pengiran Anak Hajah Saleha binti Al-Marhum Pengiran Pemancha Pengiran Anak Haji Mohamed Alam, and Her Royal Highness Pengiran Anak Isteri Pengiran Anak Sarah binti Pengiran Haji Salleh Ab Rahaman.
As a vocal coach, Sharon has honed artistes and students who now excel in music and performance themselves. She has taught Ursula Searle, now a professional singer and actor. She has also taught and coached multi-awarded singers at the World Championship of Performing Arts in the USA namely Shana Holmes (Gold Medalist and Industry Award Winner), Sienna Holmes (Gold Medalist and Grand Finalist Medal) and Veenea Nair (Gold Medalist, Industry Award Winner, Grand Finalist Medal and Recipient of the Indasoul Entertainment Scholarship, USA). She also taught Gyver Jude Concon (4th Place winner at the EuroPop Singing Competition, Berlin, Germany).
As a musical director and event organiser, Sharon has successfully organised and directed a number of shows, concerts and recitals. She conceptualised and directed three major concerts for NeoClassic Music School: “A Magical Night of Music” (2006), “Rainbow: Music for a Better World (2008) and “Come Together: Remembering the Beatles” (2011), held at the Royal Berkshire Hall, Jerudong Park Amphitheatre and CITIS Square, Brunei Darussalam, respectively. She also served as the vocal coach for concerts and musical productions in Brunei, the most recent ones being BEAUTY AND THE BEAST, PETER PAN, THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Jerudong International School, 2018), MUSICAL MANIA (Relentless Studios, March 2017), BELLE: The Musical (Relentless Studios, April 2016) and POPPINS: The Musical (Relentless Studios, March 2015).
Sharon regularly conducts children’s music workshops and loves to integrate fun learning with music. She co-founded BrightKidzSongs.com with her husband, music composer and arranger, Dr. Kamaruddin Ahmad.
In 2005, she founded NeoClassic Music School, which is now located in Hua Ho Manggis Mall. As the Musical Director of the Serunai Singers from 2016 to 2018, Sharon led the group in three successful concerts namely, “Serunai Rocks On”, “It’s A Musical!” and “A Night At The Oscars”. She is currently the Musical Director of the NeoClassic Vocal Ensemble in Brunei Darussalam.
Sharon believes in lifelong learning. She likes to keep herself busy and writes scripts for Radio Television Brunei such as “Nurture with Nature”, “Brain Builders” and “Golden Traditions” on Pilihan FM. Her diverse range of interests include Latin & Ballroom dancing, and painting.