As a performer, composer, arranger, and founder of publishing company C. Sharpe Editions, bass trombonist Chris Sharpe shares with audiences a wide variety of musical styles. His solo repertoire encompasses several centuries of music, ranging from Telemann and Bach to Schnyder and Kazik, and his composing, arranging, and publishing has expanded the diversity of literature for trombonists.
Chris has been a trombonist since the age of 11, when he wanted to follow in the footsteps of his older brother and perform with the University of Tennessee Trombone Choir. He achieved this goal when studying trombone at UT, and has continued to seek new challenges throughout his career. Performance highlights include concert series with the Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Opera, and Knoxville Symphony Orchestra, three years with the GRAMMY-nominated One O'Clock Lab Band, and performances with solo artists such as Bobby McFerrin, Doc Severinsen, Wycliffe Gordon, and James Morrison. Chris can also be heard on recordings with the One O'Clock Lab Band, the Keith Karns Big Band, Natalie Mannix, and the Toshi Clinch Big Band.
Teaching the next generations of trombonists to find their own voice is another of Chris's passions. As a Teaching Fellow with the UNT Trombone Studio from 2012 to 2017, he gave private lessons to undergraduate students with diverse backgrounds and career goals. His college students have gone on to receive collegiate teaching assistantships, make the finals of the US Army Blues bass trombone position, and become featured performers in ensembles such as the Two O'Clock Lab Band, UNT's Latin Jazz Lab Band, and DCI's Blue Devils and Cadets. Chris is currently teaching trombone lessons at Timber Creek High School, Trinity Springs Middle School, and Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, TX.
Seeing a need for new, interesting literature for trombone ensembles of all kinds, Chris began composing and arranging during his undergraduate studies, and his works have been performed by collegiate trombone ensembles across the United States. His arrangement of Eric Ewazen’s A Hymn for the Lost and the Living for 12 trombones was published by Southern Music Company and is available for purchase through Hal Leonard Music. Chris's first composition, Apogee Fanfare, was premiered at the Texas Music Educators Association and is available for purchase online. He also recently founded publishing company C. Sharpe Editions, specializing in the sale of sheet music PDFs of original works for trombone and jazz big band.
Chris is nearing completion of a DMA in Trombone Performance from the University of North Texas, and holds degrees from the University of Tennessee (BM Trombone Performance) and UNT (MM Trombone Performance). His primary teachers include Jeremy Wilson, Daniel Cloutier, Jan and Vern Kagarice, and Tony Baker.
Chris is a native of Oak Ridge, TN, and currently resides in Denton, TX with his wife, Claire.