Dr. Jonathan Sharp is currently Assistant Professor of Percussion at Iowa State University where he teaches private lessons, percussion methods, percussion pedagogy and literature, and directs the percussion ensemble. He is a highly regarded percussion artist and educator with an extensive and diverse teaching background, holding previous faculty appointments at Morehead State University and Centre College. Dr. Sharp has performed concerts throughout the United States, Europe and Asia, and has performed with a wide variety of ensembles, including the Lexington Philharmonic Orchestra, the Champaign-Urbana Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops Orchestra, the Sinfonia Da Camera, Pink Martini, Ute Lemper and the Bahama Brothers Steel Band. He was also a member of the Cavaliers Drum and Bugle Corps snare line in 2005.
Jonathan recently recorded an album entitled "The Percussion Works of Warren Benson" with the Kollective Percussion Group, with whom he is a founding member. He frequently tours schools presenting recitals, workshops, and clinics on topics including electro-acoustic percussion, contemporary marimba, multiple percussion, concert snare drum, and marching percussion.
Dr. Sharp received a Doctor of Musical Arts Degree in Percussion Performance from the University of Kentucky, under James Campbell. He is also a graduate of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (MM) and Morehead State University (BM), where he studied with William Moersch, Ricardo Flores, Brian Mason and Frank Oddis.