Tim Sharp, ACDA Executive Director
Tim Sharp is Executive Director of the American Choral
Directors Association. Dr. Sharp pursues an aggressive agenda of
progressive initiatives to keep ACDA energized and relevant in the 21st
century, inspiring ACDA’s membership to excellence in choral music
performance, education, composition, and advocacy. Tim is also in his
fifth season as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Oratorio Chorus, Tulsa,
where critics characterize his performances as having “stunning power”
and “great passion and precision”.
coming to ACDA, Sharp was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College, Memphis,
where he conducted the Rhodes Singers and MasterSingers Chorale.
Earlier, he was Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University
where he conducted the Belmont Chorale and Oratorio Chorus.
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!, Collaborative Creativity, and a variety of articles, essays, and CD liner notes. His most recent publication is the historical-critical edition Johannes Herbst: Hymns to be Sung at the Pianoforte. Published compositions and arrangements exhibit his interest in conceptual programming as seen in the collections Salvation is Created, An Early American Service of Lessons and Carols, the young voices series including Christmas Messiah for Young Voices, his own choral series through Gentry Publications, and A High Lonesome Bluegrass Mass, in which he regularly performs as a guest banjo player.
received undergraduate degree at Belmont University, and his MCM and
DMA degree from The School of Church Music, Louisville, KY. His
post-doctoral work has taken place at the Aspen Music School, Aspen; the
NEH Medieval Studies program at Harvard University; throughout Belgium
on a Rotary Scholarship; and at Cambridge University, where he is a
Clare Hall Life Fellow.
Dr. Sharp's Vision for the ACDA in the Twenty-First Century
Sharp Notes - ACDA Executive Director's Blog
Sharp to conduct the International Handel Festival Chorus in Dublin December 30, 2008
Tracing Music's Family Tree - an article in the Nashville Scene, October 22, 2008
His Goal: Amplify Love of Singing - an article in the Oklahoman, May 25, 2008
Tim Sharp with Ann Meier Baker, President and CEO, Chorus America at their Washington DC offices
Tim Sharp and Jerry McCoy presenting the Oklahoma City Mayor's Proclamation during the 2009 National Conference
Tim Sharp at the 2009 National Conference Peace Event