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featuring an interview with SHARON GILCHRIST (episode #19). 

Sharon Gilchrist has long made her home in the American traditional acoustic music scene. Whether she's playing mandolin or upright bass, singing a traditional ballad or performing original material, you hear an artist steeped in traditional Appalachian music relaying those sounds through her own diversified musical lens. Sharon has performed with Darol Anger, the Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet, Scott Nygaard and John Reischman, Laurie Lewis & the Right Hands, Uncle Earl, The Kathy Kallick Band, Bill Evans, Scott Law & the Bluegrass Dimension and the Ger Mandolin Orchestra directed by Mike Marshall. She is currently based in the Bay Area of northern California.

​In addition to performing, Sharon is a well-respected teacher. She is available for private mandolin instruction in Berkeley, California as well as online via Skype.  Sharon served as mandolin instructor at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design and from 2004-2012 and has taught numerous music camps throughout the U.S. Sharon received a Bachelor's Degree in Mandolin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

During her time at Belmont University, Sharon discovered a love for arranging and composing in multi-media productions. She became music composer for an art collective in Nashville called DDD. The collective produced three major art exhibits in Nashville. Sharon also scored music for several films created in the New Mexico Film Intensive program.

Sharon offers two mandolin courses on the instructional website Beginning Mandolin and Intermediate Bluegrass Mandolin. Lessons are filmed and available via monthly subscription to Peghead Nation. Be on the look out for Sharon's release of a third and NEW MANDOLIN COURSE on Peghead Nation coming early 2020!

Sharon's teaching practice extends beyond private lessons into ensemble instruction, band coaching and album production with an emphasis on musical and interpersonal skills necessary to communicate and collaborate with others. Ensemble classes available in Berkeley.


Go to the Music page to hear excerpts of Sharon's recorded music. Selections include original songs, original film score and record releases featuring Sharon with the Peter Rowan & Tony Rice Quartet, Darol Anger E-and'A and the Harmonic Tone Revealers acoustic trio album with John Reischman and Scott Nygaard,  available for purchase.

Sharon loves using D'addario Strings and gear and plays a 1991 Gilchrist F5 mandolin.

Contact Sharon for performances, instruction and music composition work at:

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