TOC Director: Tim Sharp
Celebrating his fifth year with TOC, conductor/artistic director Tim Sharp contributes innovative programming and collaborative leadership to the Tulsa artistic community. In this short time Maestro Sharp has prepared and performed full seasons of works by J.S Bach including the Mass in B Minor and Magnificat; Mendelssohn oratorios including St. Paul; masterpieces of the 20th century including major works by Vaughan Williams, Britten, Kodaly, and Orff; and major contemporary works by Arvo Pärt, Morten Lauridsen, Karl Jenkins, and John Rutter. Concert tours with the TOC led by Sharp include Syros, Greece (Rachmaninoff All Night Vigil); Dublin/London (Handel Messiah); a concert tour in preparation to Tuscany/Rome, Italy (Lauridsen Lux Aeterna); and, last season’s performance of Rutter’s Mass of the Children and Vaughan William’s Hodie in Carnegie Hall with Rutter and Sharp conducting.
Outside Tulsa, Maestro Sharp maintains a rigorous schedule as guest artist and clinician. He conducts regularly in the United States and abroad, with appearances within the last year including St. Johns, Newfoundland; Oxford, England; Vienna, Austria; and Beijing, China. In 2014, Sharp makes his Lincoln Center/Alice Tully Hall debut conducting Handel’s Messiah.
Dr. Sharp’s scholarly pursuits include the ongoing research and publication of performing editions of late eighteenth century choral works. He is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association where his most recent book publications include Collaboration in the Ensemble Arts and Mentoring in the Ensemble Arts. He holds MCM and DMA degrees from The School of Church Music, Louisville, KY, and has studied at the Aspen School of Music, Harvard’s NEH Medieval Music Studies program, and is a Life Fellow at Clare Hall, University of Cambridge, UK.