Guest Conductor – Dr. Patricia Carmelina Sparti

Patricia Carmelina Sparti, D.M.A. (Conductor), served as Chair of the Music Department at Gardner-Webb for 13 years, leading two reaccreditations with the National Association of Schools of Music. Now in her 17th year at GWU, she is currently Professor of Music in The School of Performing and Visual Arts, where she is Director of Orchestral Activities, and is the advisor to the Music Business degree program, placing students in and supervising capstone internships. Dr. Sparti also teaches music theory, conducting, and music survey, and collaborates and conducts musical theatre/opera productions at GWU. She is also Chair of The Distinguished ArtistsCommittee. Dr. Sparti has conducted or supervised over 15 student composer senior thesis World Premieres with the GWU Orchestra. The GWU Orchestra has also performed at the NCMEA conference, as well as many campus concerts, graduations, musicals, operas, andchildren’s concerts in the community.

For ten seasons, Dr. Sparti served as Music Director of the Georgetown University Orchestra (Washington, DC), the GU Concert Choir, and as Director of Chamber Music at GU. Dr. Sparti received Georgetown’s “1997-98” Distinguished Service Award,” presented to the individual who by vocation, commitment, and involvement, best exemplifies the goals and ideals ofStudent Affairs at Georgetown.” Her Georgetown groups also won awards for “Outstanding Contribution to the Performing Arts at GU.” Her GU groups performed for President Bill Clintonand Vice-President Al Gore.

Dr. Sparti was Music Director of the Johns Hopkins Medical Institutions Choral Society and Orchestra for seventeen seasons. Under her direction the JHMI ensembles performed on NBC Televisions four times, won national awards for quality of performance, and performed for President H.W. Bush and Robert Shaw. She has collaborated with many soloists, including the Principal Chairs of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Kennedy Center Opera Orchestra, Charlotte Symphony Orchestra, Atlanta Symphony, Peabody Trio, the London Chamber Orchestra, and Mark O’Connor, The Dave Brubeck Quartet. For eight seasons, Maestra Sparti also served as Music Director of the Westminster Choral Arts Society. Dr. Sparti regularly serves as an adjudicator and clinician for Orchestra Contests, runs a GWU Orchestra Pre-C0ntestFestival, and was one of two orchestra conductors at Mark O’Connor’s O’Connor MethodCamp in Charlotte, summer 2018.

Dr. Sparti received her B.M. Degree in Music Education from the University of Miami. She received her M.M. and D.M.A. degrees, both in conducting, from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. While at Peabody, Dr. Sparti held an Assistantship in Orchestral Conducting and studied with Frederik Prausnitz and Edward Polochick. In addition to regularlyconducting the Peabody Conductor’s Orchestra, her Assistantship at Peabody included teaching Basic Undergraduate Conducting and tutoring graduate conducting students, as well as assisting with the Peabody Chorus. Dr. Sparti served as National Secretary and President of the Southeastern Division of CODA (College Orchestra Director’s Association. Dr. Sparti hasserved as Music Director of The Symphony of Rutherford County since January of 2014. Dr. Sparti has additionally served as a Minister of Music for over 25 years, currently serving at Mount Pleasant Baptist Church in Mooresboro, NC.