Sharon McDaniel 1950-2020

By Lawrence A. Johnson

Sharon McDaniel

Sharon McDaniel, music critic, arts programmer and a public presence at the Kravis Center’s classical events died Saturday, age 70, from ovarian cancer.

A former classical music critic for the Palm Beach Post, Sharon was best known in the past decade for her high-profile role as Regional Arts Programming Associate at the Kravis Center in West Palm Beach. In that capacity, Sharon would help to program the Regional Arts and Young Artists series, as well as present her user-friendly, pre-concert talks at the center’s classical events.

On a personal note, I remember Sharon as a fine, sensitive writer and a wonderful colleague. Our time as South Florida newspaper music critics exactly paralleled each other, with each of us moving to Florida in 2000 to take staff critic jobs (and both of our newspaper jobs getting eliminated in 2008).

When I was at the Sun-Sentinel, Sharon and I would often run into each other while covering events in Palm Beach County. Sharon had a wonderful sense of humor and we had many lively and enjoyable conversations and email exchanges about the local music scene as well as discussing and occasionally commiserating about the newspaper business. She also wrote early reviews for SFCR before taking up her Kravis post in 2010.

The Palm Beach Post has posted a detailed obituary of Sharon here.

Services will be held 10 a.m. March 13 at Union Baptist Church in West Palm Beach Florida with internment afterward at Glenwood Cemetery in Riviera Beach.

Posted in News

One Response to “Sharon McDaniel 1950-2020”

  1. Posted Sep 12, 2020 at 6:13 pm by John Andres

    Sharon McDaniel and I worked together on WRUR-FM
    in Rochester,New York.Before that, she was a host on Classical 91.5 WXXI-FM in Rochester, N.Y.While here in Rochester, she graduated from the Eastman School of Music. She held posts at the Hochstein School of Music and Dance,with City Newspaper and with the Democrat and Chronicle.
    I enjoyed working and knowing Sharon. She became a friend over the yearsShe had a beautiful voice for radio and programmed very well. I am sad to hear of her passing. A good friend and fellow announcer,Gil French called to confirm the sad news. Her gentle spirit will be missed. John Andres, Music Host on
    Classical 91.5 WXXI-FM in Rochester,N.Y.

Leave a Comment

Tue Mar 3, 2020
at 4:21 pm
1 Comment