Featured Presenter: Tim Sharp

Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, the world’s largest association of choral conductors, students, scholars, composers, and choral industry representatives. Dr. Sharp pursues an aggressive agenda of strategic planning and progressive initiatives to keep the American Choral Directors Association energized and relevant in the 21st century. He represents choral activity in the United States to the International Federation for Choral Music, and appears regularly as guest conductor and clinician throughout the world.

Tim SharpNow in his seventh season as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Tulsa, OK, critics characterize Tim Sharp’s conducting as having “stunning power” and “great passion and precision”. In a recent review of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus’s performance of Mozart’s Requiem, arts critic James Watts stated, “The Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, prepared by its artistic director Tim Sharp, was in excellent form, summoning up rafter-shaking power…and showing great sensitivity ...” In the summer of 2015 Tulsa Oratorio Chorus will perform at the Milan World Expo in a concert tour of Italy, and in the summer of 2016 they will serve as chorus in residence for the Classical Musical Festival in Eisenstadt, Austria, where they will perform Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, Haydn’s Mass in Time of War, and Haydn’s Stabat Mater. In 2011 Sharp served as Principal Guest Conductor at the International Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece, in the production of Verdi’s La Traviata, and performed Rachmaninov’s All Night Vigil at St. Nicholas Greek Orthodox Church. Tim returned to Carnegie Hall in May of 2015 for the sixth time, conducting his composition Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass.

Before leading the American Choral Directors Association, Tim was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, where he conducted the Rhodes Singers and MasterSingers Chorale. In 2003, Sharp’s production of Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi won an Ostrander Award, Memphis’ annual award for excellence in theater. Prior to his position in Memphis, he conducted the Belmont University Chorale and Oratorio Chorus, Nashville, TN, where he received choral credits on the Grammy Nominated and Dove Award winning recording A Glen Campbell Christmas.

Sharp’s publications include Collaboration in the Ensemble Arts: Working and Playing Well with Others, Mentoring in the Ensemble Arts: Helping Others Fine Their Voice, Precision Conducting, Up Front! Becoming the Complete Choral Conductor, Achieving Choral Blend and Balance, Memphis Music Before the Blues, Nashville Music Before Country, Jubilate! Amen!, The German Songbook in the 19th Century, A Short History of the American Choral Directors Association, Collaborative Creativity, and a wide variety of published articles, essays, and CD liner notes for recordings by Helmuth Rilling, Iona Brown, Neville Marriner, and The King’s Singers. His most recent book publication is a historical-critical edition Johannes Herbst: Hymns to be Sung at the Pianoforte.

Dr. Sharp’s choral compositions and arrangements exhibit his interest in conceptual programming as exemplified by the choral collection Salvation is Created, An Early American Service of Lessons and Carols, the young voices series including Christmas Messiah for Young Voices, Mendelssohn’s Elijah for Young Voices, and Vivaldi’s Gloria for Young Voices, his own choral series through Gentry Publications.

Tim received his education at Belmont University (BM); The School of Church Music, Louisville, KY (MCM; DMA); and studied further at the Aspen Music School, Aspen, CO; the NEH Medieval Studies program at Harvard University, Cambridge, MA; throughout Belgium on a Rotary Scholarship; and at Cambridge University (UK), where he is a Clare Hall Life Fellow.


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