Martha Sharpe began her musical studies at the age of four on the piano. By age 10 she was ready for a new challenge and began playing the Horn. She progressed through the top bands and orchestras during Jr. High and High School and by her senior year was named principal Horn of the McDonald’s All American High School Band. During her tour with the McDonald’s band she had the opportunity to audition for several elite music schools. She chose to attend the Shepherd School of Music at Rice University in Houston, TX. There she received both Bachelor and Master Degrees in Horn Performance. She was most fortunate to study with three masters of the Horn during her time at Rice: William Caballero, Thomas Bacon, and William VerMeulen.
Following her studies at Rice she auditioned for and won a position with the Royal Symphony Orchestra of Seville in Spain. She enjoyed two wonderful years in Spain before marriage and family brought her back to Arizona. Since her return to Arizona she has played principal Horn in the Tempe Symphony (1995 – 1997), the San Marcos (Chandler) Symphony (1996 – 1997), the Symphony of the Southwest (1999 – present) and the East Valley Mormon Choral Organization (2009 – present). In addition to her symphonic duties she is also a member of the horn quartet “Cornua Irae” and still finds time to play with various chamber groups around the valley.
La Forza Chamber Orchestra was created to offer professional quality musical performances by small to medium sized orchestral ensembles. Orchestra members are drawn from throughout the Phoenix, Arizona metropolitan area.
The focus of the orchestra is to present exciting orchestral repertoire that will engage people while reaching as broad an audience as possible. The concerts are aimed at families, students, or anyone who simply enjoys orchestral music.