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sharpThom Sharp teaches film music, music appreciation, and orchestration at Cal State Fullerton. Born and raised in southeastern Ohio's Appalachian foothills, he received his BM from Ohio University, and studied composition, arranging, and film scoring at the Grove School of Music in Southern California.

An Emmy award winner, he has written arrangements for a diverse group of artists including the New Christy Minstrels, Joe Sample, Wilton Felder, and Harry Connick Jr. He has composed, arranged, and orchestrated music for Disney, Dreamworks, Paramount, Universal, and other studios. Sharp wrote the music for the feature film Ping; orchestrated scores for When Harry Met Sally, City Slickers, and The Addams Family; and wrote for numerous animated television series, including Aladdin (Emmy award), Little Mermaid, Toonsylvania, Casper (Emmy nomination), and the New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh.

In 1999, Sharp founded and was the main composer for Sharp Mountain Music, a publishing company specializing in string orchestra music for the educational market. After building up the catalog to over 50 titles, he sold the company to Latham Music, a division of Lorenz Music. He is still actively composing for Latham Music and his compositions can currently be heard in school orchestras across the United States and abroad. In 2009, Thom received the Distinguished Fine Arts Alumni Award from Ohio University; he is a member of the Professional Musicians Union Local 47, Recording Musicians Association, American String Teachers Association, and ASCAP.

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