Biography of Cecelia Sharpe

Cellist and Music Educator

Cecelia Sharpe graduated from the Detroit High School for the Fine and Performing Arts (DSA). Under the leadership of Dr. Denise Davis-Cotton students were inspired to dream big and achieve excellence. It was there that she really began to realize the possibilities that existed for her.

Miss Sharpe graduated from Wayne State University (WSU) in 2005 with a Bachelor of Music and Teacher Certification. While there she studied privately under the tutelage of Mario DiFiore, a renowned cellist for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She was also a member of the WSU Orchestra, conducted by         Prof. Kypros Markou. During college Cecelia worked as Liaison and Librarian for the Sphinx Organization. Ms. Sharpe was also employed from 2005-2008 with the Sphinx Organization as a teacher and assistant dean for the Sphinx Preparatory Academy at Wayne State University. Upon graduation she taught orchestra for two years at Marvin L.Winans Academy of Performing Arts. In 2007 Ms. Sharpe taught orchestra as a long term substitute teacher for Birmingham Covington School. Ms. Sharpe served as conductor for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra Civic Youth Ensembles from 2006 - 2013. Ms. Sharpe was the Manager of Education Programs for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She managed partnerships with schools, universities and other organizations. In 2013 Ms. Sharpe was appointed to the position of Music and Arts Program Manager for the University of Michigan at the Detroit School of Arts. For Ms. Sharpe this was a full circle moment to graduate from DSA and then return years later to work with educators in her former music education institution. She is honored and humbled to share her experience and expertise in music education with staff and students.

Ms. Sharpe is an active freelance musician performing with local artists such as Jessica Care Moore, Monica Blaire, Invincible, Stacey “Hotwax” Hale, Nick Speed, and Insite the R.I.O.T.  Recent performances include headlining Dally in the Alley with Invincible, opening for Erykah Badu at The Masonic Temple with Monica Blaire, and an abstract solo cello performance with dancers at The N’namdi Art Gallery.  Such unique performances has allowed Cecelia to reach a larger more diverse audience while demonstrating the versatility of string instruments, in particular, the cello.