Photo: © Anne Staveley 

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 of the mandolin. She is available for private mandolin instruction in Berkeley, California as well as online via Skype. Sharon has three mandolin courses available for subscription on the instructional website Beginning MandolinIntermediate Bluegrass Mandolin  and Mandolin Fingerboard Method. These courses are widely praised as providing a strong foundation for beginning players as well as clearly articulating fundamentals of bluegrass mandolin, music theory and improvisation. Sharon has teaches music camps throughout the U.S. and served as mandolin instructor at the Santa Fe University of Art & Design and from 2004-2012. Sharon received a BA in Mandolin Performance from Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.

Sharon also studied arranging and composing in multi-media productions at Belmont. While in Nashville she became music composer for an art collective in Nashville called DDD which produced several major art exhibits in Nashville. Sharon also scored music for films created in the New Mexico Film Intensive program.

Go to the Music page to hear excerpts of Sharon's recorded music. Selections include original songs, original film score and record releases  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. 

Check this in depth interview by Daniel Patrick featuring Sharon on the Mandolins & Beer Podcast (Episode #19).

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

Contact Sharon for performances, instruction and music composition at: