UCO School of Music Assistant Professor Ryan Sharp Named 'Outstanding University Jazz Educator'

The Oklahoma Jazz Educators Association recently named UCO assistant professor of trumpet Ryan Sharp, D.M.A., “Outstanding University Jazz Educator”.

Aug. 13, 2014

Media Contact: Angela Morris, Staff Writer, UCO College of Fine Arts and Design, 405-974-3752, amorris11@uco.edu

UCO SCHOOL OF MUSIC ASSISTANT PROFESSOR RYAN SHARP NAMED ‘OUTSTANDING UNIVERSITY JAZZ EDUCATOR’

The Oklahoma Jazz Educators Association recently named University of Central Oklahoma assistant professor of trumpet Ryan Sharp, D.M.A., “Outstanding University Jazz Educator”.    

A Central faculty member since 2012, Sharp teaches applied trumpet, chamber music, jazz ensemble II and summer jazz camps through UCO’s Oklahoma Center for Arts Education.          

“I have a repertoire with my students that’s grounded on the idea that we are working towards the same goal, to give an inspiring performance,” said Sharp.           

“With this common goal, I strive to treat my students as they would be treated in a professional setting, and I remind them that while they ultimately have to experience the musical inspiration for themselves, I’m here to guide them through the process.”            

Sharp will be honored for this accolade at the Oklahoma Music Educator Association convention in January 2015.           

“We have all known for quite some time that Dr. Sharp has a rare gift and unique abilities as a lead trumpet player and jazz performer,” said Brian Lamb, D.M.A., chair of the UCO School of Music.           

“He also has an exceptional ability to relate to and communicate with students in a way that produces lasting results and musical improvement.”           

For more information about Sharp and other faculty in the UCO School of Music, visit www.uco.edu/cfad/music.

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