"Dr. Sharlow will be taking over a vibrant and successful choral music program that has been developed under 21 years of outstanding leadership by Charles "Bud" Clark, who announced his retirement this year," said Dr. Jeffrey Macomber, associate professor of music.
Sharlow comes to MSSU from the music faculty of Northeastern Illinois University in Chicago. He also has served as the interim director of choral activities at the University of South Dakota in Vermillion and has had 12-years experience as a public and private school choral director and vocal music instructor in the Wichita area of Kansas.
Holding degrees in music education from Friends University and from Wichita State University, in 2006 Sharlow received his Ph.D. in music education and curriculum and instruction from the Conservatory of Music and Dance of the University of Missouri-Kansas City.
According to a bio from Northeastern Illinois, Sharlow's research revolves around the psychological, sociological, and anthropological aspects of the music ensemble – specifically focusing on the value of individual achievement and motivation. In "Rate My Professor" in 2010 he was judged a more difficult teacher than most in achieving an easy "A" by a couple of his students but given better than average marks for helpfulness and clarity of instruction.
Sharlow's hobbies include spending time with his kids, running, biking, reading, writing and traveling.