Dr. Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA), the world’s largest association of choral conductors, students, scholars, composers, and choral industry representatives. An active conductor, Tim is in his sixth season as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Tulsa, OK, where critics characterized his performances as having “stunning power” and “great passion and precision”. He is an active
guest conductor and choral clinician throughout the world.
Before coming to ACDA, Dr. Sharp was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College, Memphis, TN, where he conducted the Rhodes Singers and MasterSingers Chorale. In 2003, Sharp’s conducting 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 choral compositions and arrangements exhibit his interest in conceptual programming as exemplified by the choral collection Salvation is Created (Lorenz), An Early American Service of Lessons and Carols (Hal Leonard), the young voices series including Christmas Messiah for Young Voices and Vivaldi’s Gloria for Young Voices (Integra Music Group) his own choral series through Gentry Publications, and his self-published bluegrass mass Come Away to the Skies: A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass.
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.