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Barry Sharp, PhD candidate, Cornell University

Collaborations in electronic sound design and structured improvisation.


Composer and performer Barry Sharp engages with sound as an experimental and collaborative force. His work often involves creating fabrics of sound out of a core idea.

Performances of Barry’s compositions have taken place in the U.S., Argentina, Colombia, Brazil, and Thailand by performers such as sTem, the JACK Quartet, Khemia Ensemble, the Princeton Singers, OSSIA Ensemble, Ithaca New Music Collective, Cornell Orchestras, Cornell Chamber Singers, Webster County High School, and the MSU Brass Band. He is a recipient of a 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Award, multiple Cornell Council for the Arts Grants, and was a semi-finalist in the 2016 American Prize for Choral Music. He has been selected to participate at June in Buffalo, New Music on the Point, and the Lehigh Choral Composers Forum.

Barry’s music is often collaborative. His work, Hear me, in collaboration with architect Min Keun Park received a grant from the Cornell Council for the Arts for the 2016-2017 biennial. His collaboration in 2014 was with poets, dancers, light designers, and other composers. We crated a fifty-minute production addressing war trauma entitled “No Armistice.” We also created installations for Liz Lerman’s Worth Fighting For Pop-up museum. Current collaborations include a piece for Duo Helix, a percussion quartet for the University of Kansas percussion, and a chamber opera with poet Vincent Hiscock.

Barry is currently pursuing a doctorate at Cornell University where he studies with Kevin Ernste, Marianthi Papalexandri-Alexandri, and Roberto Sierra. He also holds degrees in music from Murray State University (BM) and the University of Iowa (MA).