Columbus Symphony Orchestra Musicians

Gail Norine Sharp


Gail comes from a family of mostly music educators, including her mother and three of her four sisters. Her father played the trumpet but chose to go into law, and her other sister is in elementary education. Gail grew up in the Cleveland area and thrived in the rich music tradition of the city.

Gail received degrees in music performance from Baldwin-Wallace College (bachelor's) and the Eastman School of Music (master's).

During her summers of graduate school, Gail performed in Europe with the Spoleto Festival and the Heidelberg Castle Festival, holding the position of concertmaster in operas for both festivals. Upon graduation she won the assistant concertmaster position in the Savannah Symphony, but was asked instead to fill the open Principal Second Violin position which involved playing in the Symphony String Quartet. This quartet included two other members of the CSO, Luis Biava, and the now retired John Ewing. After two years in Savannah, Gail joined the Columbus Symphony and has played as a section violinist ever since.

Gail enjoys reading (mostly fiction: thrillers, mysteries), cooking and working out (both while listening to audio books), and singing in her church choir. She enjoys spending time with and helping the older generation, particularly her mother and former mother-in-law. So far, she's avoided the family tradition of teaching, but the siren call is drawing her in - so that is likely to change soon!