TOC Director: Tim Sharp
Tim Sharp is in his tenth season as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, where critics have characterized his performances as having “stunning power” and “great passion and precision”. In the summer of 2015 Sharp led the TOC in a concert tour of Tuscany, Italy, performing Morten Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna and favorite Italian opera choruses. In 2011, Sharp served as Principal Guest Conductor at the International Festival of the Aegean in Syros, Greece, where the TOC was the featured chorus 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 November of 2012 conducting Vaughan Williams’ Hodie in a choral concert with John Rutter. In 2015 he premiered his composition Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass in Carnegie Hall.
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 has pursued 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.
Before coming to TOC and ACDA, Sharp 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.
Dr. Sharp’s publications include Mentoring in the Ensemble Arts, 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,Innovation in the Ensemble Arts: Sustaining Creativity, Sacred Choral Music Repertoire: Insights for Conductors 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 publications include the historical-critical edition Johannes Herbst: Hymns to be Sung at the Pianoforte, published by Steglein, and Collaboration in the Ensemble Arts: Working and Playing Well With Others, published by GIA.
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 and Vivaldi’s Gloria for Young Voices, his own choral series through Gentry Publications, and his self-published bluegrass mass, co-created with Wes Ramsay, Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass.
Tim received his education at Bluefield College (AA); 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. Tim has received the “Outstanding Alumni Award” from both Bluefield College, and the “Encore Award” for outstanding alumni from Belmont University.