Tulsa Chorale Director: Tim Sharp

Tim SharpTim Sharp (BM, MCM, DMA) is in his eleventh year as Artistic Director of the Tulsa Chorale. Tim is Executive Director of the American Choral Directors Association, the national professional association for choral conductors, educators, scholars, students, and choral music industry representatives in the United States. He represents choral activity in the USA to the International Federation for Choral Music and serves as Vice-President and Artistic Director for the 2020 World Symposium on Choral Music in Auckland, New Zealand.

Sharp, himself an active choral conductor, researcher, and writer, has varied his career with executive positions in higher education, recording, and publishing. Prior to his leadership of ACDA, Sharp was Dean of Fine Arts at Rhodes College, and earlier, Director of Choral Activities at Belmont University.

Tim’s research and writing focuses pedagogically in conducting and score analysis, and various published essays and books betray his eclectic interests in regional music history, acoustics, creativity, innovation, and aesthetics. He has conducted university, community, church, and children’s choirs, and continues to serve as choral conductor and clinician in the United States and internationally.

Innovation in the Ensemble Arts: Sustaining Creativity is Tim’s third book in the ensemble arts series published by GIA Publications, Inc. Other books in this series are Mentoring in the Ensemble Arts: Helping Others Find Their Voice and Collaboration in the Ensemble Arts: Working and Playing Well with Others.

Dr. Sharp is a Life Fellow of Clare Hall, Cambridge University, with degrees in music and conducting from The School of Church Music of The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Belmont University, and Bluefield College.

Assistant Director: Zachary Malavolti

Zachary MalavoltiZachary Malavolti is the Assistant Artistic Director of the Tulsa Chorale and directs the TC Chamber Singers. Since 2014, he has conducted and prepared these ensembles in everything from Bach to Bluegrass!

Previously, Malavolti studied conducting at the Bard College Conservatory of Music and composition at The University of Tulsa. He is a native Tulsan and a Holland Hall alumnus. Malavolti is currently a D.M.A. candidate at The University of Oklahoma. Whenever he can find the time, he loves cooking, cycling and reading.