Eric D. Sharp

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Eric D. Sharp is currently a freelance composer, conductor and performer.  His interest presented itself at the age of four when he would compose short pieces for the piano.  Continuing his studies on the piano and composition led him to study and receive a Bachelors and Masters degree in composition and conducting at California State University in Long Beach.  His compositions have been performed throughout California, Oregon and Texas.  He has written pieces for a variety of ensembles including music for choir, concert band, orchestra, chamber ensemble, percussion ensemble, solo voice and electronic media.   

As a conductor, he has conducted orchestras, concert bands, choirs and percussion ensembles.  He was the Musical Director and Conductor of The Sharp Sounds Big Band.  He was also the Musical Director and Conductor of the Long Beach Shoreline Concert Band and the Musical Director and Conductor of the Long Beach Blue Pacific Swing Band.  Concerts have included the Miss Long Beach Beauty Pageant, the Tiller Days Carnival in Tustin and on the Sea Launch ship.  He was the assistant conductor of the Long Beach Shoreline Concert Band for four years and has served as guest conductor for the CSULB University Choir and the CSULB Symphony Orchestra.  He was also the assistant conductor for the St. Thomas Church Adult Choir and the Children's Choir.  He has also conducted numerous recitals, including all of his own.  He participated in the Oregon Bach Festival, Composers Symposium in 1996 where he conducted the world premier of his composition At Peace for choir.  For his masters recital, he assembled and conducted a choir and chamber orchestra in the premiere performance of the Mass for the Father.

Besides composing and conducting, he is an active performer.   He was principle timpanist in The Huntington Beach Concert Band.  He was principle percussionist in the Long Beach Shoreline Concert Band and principle timpanist in the Long Beach City College Evening Wind Symphony.  He has been a freelance percussionist for five years and played for ensembles such as the Cypress Pop's Orchestra and the LA Brass.

He was a graduate assistant for the Strang Electronic Music Studio from 1995 to 1998.  His duties included assisting the professor during class and occasionally substituting, as well as participating in and organizing electroacoustic ensemble improvisations with the Department of Dance.  He has served as a music theory tutor since 1992, teaching basic harmony to twentieth century analysis.

He served as president of the CSULB Composers' Guild in 1996.  His responsibilities included organization of the concerts, reviewing composer's pieces, constructing an order and setting and organizing rehearsal time.

He was elected by the faculty to Pi Kappa Lambda for high academic achievement and is a member of the Golden Key National Honors Society. 

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