Sharon Gilchrist

Sharon Gilchrist is a native Texan who was raised performing at bluegrass festivals across the U.S. A multi-instrumentalist on mandolin and upright bass, she has performed and recorded with many of the pioneering legends of bluegrass including the Peter Rowan and Tony Rice Quartet, Darol Anger, as part the Harmonic Tone Revealer acoustic trio with John Reischman and Scott Nygaard, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, the Kathy Kallick band and many others. Sharon has taught mandolin privately and at music camps around the nation for nearly twenty years. Her teaching approach combines both her rural roots music experience with skills learned through formal music education. Sharon excels in breaking down and articulating fundamental technique and improvisation concepts making them easily understood and applied. Classes are taught by ear followed up with written out examples of the material presented. She offers two courses available on line at Beginning Mandolin and Intermediate Bluegrass Mandolin. While being rooted in a traditional genre such as bluegrass, Sharon is best known for bringing a unique voice to the tradition. This is the skill she shares with students – immersion in the fundamentals of a traditional music to a point players can begin using them with their own voice.