A native of Mississippi, Justin Sharp is a pianist and composer whose compositions span a variety of styles and mediums, including both acoustic and electronic music. His compositions have been recently featured on Around the Town Sounds, a weekly radio program produced by KOOP radio in Austin, TX. Performances of his music have also been included on the Wet Ink concert series, Clutch concert series, E.A.R.S (Electro-Acoustic Recital Series), Hammer/Nail concerts, and A Night of Brass where he was the Visiting Composer at Angelo State University. In 2006, the University of Texas New Music Ensemble, conducted by Dan Welcher, premiered his Conflux Anima, a work for small chamber ensemble. Sharp has received awards from MMTA, the Mississippi Institute of Arts and Letters, and ASCAP. His works have been featured on numerous music festivals and national conferences including Electric LaTex, SEAMUS national conference, and the 2009 Mississippi Music Teachers Association annual conference where Angela Willoughby premiered the commissioned composition, Phantasiemusik.
Sharp received a Bachelor of Music degree from Mississippi College in 2002. He received a Master of Music degree (2005) and a Doctor of Musical Arts degree (2010) from the University of Texas at Austin.
Sharp has enjoyed a successful career as a music educator, recently as an instructor at the Armstrong Music School in Austin, TX. There he taught classes in piano, composition, and music technology. It was during this time that Sharp co-produced and recorded the CD “Canta y habla,” a companion CD to curriculum at Armstrong Music School for early childhood music education.
Presently, Sharp is developing early childhood curriculum with the purpose of strengthening literacy and cognitive development through the use of music. Additionally, he is working in collaboration with Jason Smith to produce “Banza Bonanza” a CD of traditional children’s songs featuring the banza (gourd banjo). Most recently, Sharp has used his vast experience as a church pianist to launch the website http://www.hymnpraise.com/ and released the CD of hymn arrangements for piano, “How Sweet the Sound” (available through CD Baby and iTunes). Additional Information can also be found at http://www.justinsharp.com/