Lindsey Sharpe

Gallistel Academy String Coach

Cellist, Lindsey Sharpe is an active performer, teacher, and administrator based in Chicago, IL. Raised in Atlanta, GA, she began playing cello at age 7 and piano at age 10. In 2007, Lindsey was accepted into the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra’s Talent Development Program and studied with Martha Gerschefski until she graduated high school in 2015. Lindsey holds degrees from the University of Michigan and Rice University, studying with Anthony Elliott and Norman Fischer, respectively. Currently, she is a Cello Fellow in the Civic Orchestra of Chicago and a Project Inclusion Fellow in the Chicago Sinfonietta.

Lindsey has been invited to many prestigious summer festivals, such as Spoleto Festival USA, National Repertory Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, Bowdoin International Music Festival, Sitka International Cello Seminar, Chautauqua Music Festival, Boston University Tanglewood Institute, Meadowmount School of Music, Brevard Music Center, and Interlochen Arts Camp.

With a passion for education, Lindsey has maintained a small private cello and piano studio in every city she has lived in. She is also a mentor for the Chicago Musical Pathways Initiative. As an arts administrator, Lindsey has held positions with the University Musical Society, University of Michigan School of Music, Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, and the Sphinx Organization. Currently, she is the Business and Memberships Manager for El Sistema USA.

In her free time, Lindsey enjoys going out to eat and binge-watching Netflix shows.

What is your favorite musical memory from when you were young?

My favorite musical memory from when I was young is the first gig I ever played. I was 10 years old and was hired to play in a quartet with other young musicians for a wedding. We played just two songs: Canon in D and Waltz from “Sleeping Beauty,” and we got paid $15! 😅

Fun fact about you that might surprise people

I started my musical journey on the violin before switching to the cello after a year.

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