2012 pageant judges
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Tom Sharpe's music is a percussive symphony - a sonic and visual feast for the senses. A classically trained musician, Tom has dramatically blended his orchestral background with world music instrumentation and cinematic imagery to create an experience that invites the listener into the heart of the musical moment - wildly emotional and technically precise, with a gutsy edge of percussive frenzy and tribal ritual. Weaving together powerful elements of sound and rhythm, Tom is equally proficient on a vast array of percussion and keyboard instruments. Seamlessly blending genres from Middle Eastern, African, orchestral, and rock music, Tom moves between traditional instrumentation and electronics with ease and precision.
Drummer for the popular artists Mannheim Steamroller and Dennis DeYoung, Tom is an internationally recognized, critically acclaimed artist. His compositions have won many awards, including the John Lennon Songwriting Contest and the Broadjam World Music Contest. He is alumni of the Interlochen Arts Academy and holds the degrees Bachelor of Music and Master of Music from DePaul University. With a fresh approach to world music, Tom's high energy, passion, and emotion, combined with superb musicality, leave audiences amazed and inspired!
Today, Katie tours nationally and internationally as a classical vocalist. After her performance on the Miss America stage in 2001, she was invited to sing with the famed Boston Pops Orchestra under the direction of Keith Lockhart, the Shreveport Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the US Army Band, the USO and at many other concert events across the nation. In 2003, she made her professional operatic debut with the Gold Coast Opera, and has since appeared in both full-scale productions and concerts with opera companies, musical theater companies, symphonies, and private events throughout the nation, including the Denver Philharmonic, Tuscaloosa Symphony, Vancouver Symphony, Newport Symphony, Astoria Music Festival, Portland SummerFest, Staged! Musical Theater Company, Eugene Opera and Obsidian Opera. In 2007, Katie debuted her first solo album, Soul of Love, in partnership with MAH Records and renowned concert pianist and composer Michael Allen Harrison. The album was met with critical acclaim and Katie was named a “talent to watch.” In February 2010, Katie’s voice was featured on the small screen with a principal role as a singer in an episode of HBO’s dramatic series Big Love.
Katie remains an active voice for the cancer community. She is a celebrity ambassador for Providence Cancer Center, a member of the Honorary Board of Volunteers in Medicine, and a member of the Cancer Advisory Committee for Sky Lakes Medical Center. From 2001-2008, she also proudly served on the National Board of Directors for the Breast Cancer Network of Strength. Her philanthropic endeavors extend to advocacy for Arts in Education where she serves as Chairman of the Youth and Education Committee on the Board of Directors for The Ross Ragland Theater. For the past eight years, she has also been the voice and face of Portland Rescue Mission’s annual campaigns to garner aid for homeless men and women. In addition to her professional and philanthropic endeavors, Katie is a speaker for women’s groups addressing faith, family, and true beauty; and she also designs a small handbag line sold through exclusive boutiques and online at Etsy.com. (Visit www.macherefinery.com for more information!)
Katie’s drive to serve as a strong voice, in both song and speech, led her to pursue Music and Communications at Portland State University in Portland, Oregon. With the scholarship assistance she earned from the Miss America Organization, she graduated Magna Cum Laude with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2005.
Katie and her husband, an F-15 pilot and instructor for the Air National Guard, reside in Southern Oregon with their two young children. www.katieharman.com