NC ACDA Fall Conference 2015
Dates: September 18-19, 2015
Location: UNC Charlotte
Guest Clinician: Dr. Elena Sharkova
Russian-American conductor Elena Sharkova is recognized nationally and internationally as an inspirational, versatile, and effective conductor, choral clinician, music educator, and lecturer. She has conducted professional, university, youth, and community choirs and orchestras in 17 countries across several continents. A noted soprano, Sharkova has performed and recorded with one of Russia's finest professional choirs Lege Artis and appears on five studio CDs on SonyClassical label. An expert on Russian choral music, she has lectured extensively on its repertoire and performance practices and conducted several U.S. premiers of Russian contemporary compositions.In her fourteenth year as Artistic Director of Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale, Sharkova has prepared and conducted the chorus in over 40 major choral-orchestral works. She has been the Artistic Director of the 250-voice strong Cantabile Youth Singers of Silicon Valley since 2004. Sharkova received an undergraduate degree in music education and piano, and a graduate degree in conducting from St. Petersburg State Rimski-Korsakov Conservatory. From 1988 to 1993 she served as Chair of the Choral Department of the Preparatory Music School at the Conservatory where she conducted four children's choruses and taught the innovative Ogorodnov Method to graduate students. She received her second graduate degree in conducting from Western Michigan University where she studied with Dr. Craig Arnold. Sharkova has had a privilege to serve as guest conductor of all-state, divisional, and national honor choirs for ACDA, National Association for Music Educators, Organization of American Kodaly Educators, Association for Music in International Schools, Manhattan Concert Productions, Music Celebrations International, Distinguished Concerts International, and Heritage Festivals of Gold.