Shara Nova has released five albums under the moniker My Brightest Diamond and has composed works for yMusic, Brooklyn Rider, Nadia Sirota, Conspirare, Cantus Domus, Brooklyn Youth Chorus, Roomful of Teeth, and many community choirs, as well as Aarhus Symfoni, North Carolina Symphony, Indianapolis Symphony, American Composers Orchestra, and the BBC Concert Orchestra, among others.
In 2019, she composed for over 600 community musicians and the Cincinnati Symphony in celebration of their 125th season, a piece entitled Look Around with director Mark DeChiazza. Her baroque chamber p’opera You Us We All premiered in the United States in October 2015 at BAM Next Wave Festival. With co-composer and performer Helga Davis, Nova created a four-screen film entitled Ocean Body along with director Mark DeChiazza, which premiered at The Momentary in August 2021, shortly followed by the premiere of Infinite Movement, her baroque masque for 100 musicians, set to text by artist Matthew Ritchie, which premiered at The University of North Texas in November 2021.
Nova is the featured singer on The Blue Hour with the string orchestra A Far Cry and co-composers Rachel Grimes, Angélica Negrón, Sarah Kirkland Snider, and Caroline Shaw on Nonesuch Records. A collection of songs by Nico Muhly with Detroit’s acclaimed wind ensemble Akropolis Quintet also features Nova’s voice, entitled Hymns for Private Use. A number of music composers, including Sarah Kirkland Snider, Bryce and Aaron Dessner, Steve Mackey, and David Lang have created works specifically for her voice. She has collaborated with Matthew Barney, The Decemberists, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Sufjan Stevens, David Byrne, Laurie Anderson, and many others.