Tobin Sparfeld has over thirty years of experience with choral singing. As a member of the St. Louis Children’s Choirs for 13 years, he has given performances in venues such as Carnegie Hall and Powell Symphony Hall, and has toured all over the world, from as far west as Vancouver, British Columbia, to as far east as Moscow, Russia. Tobin has also sung with many prestigious professional ensembles including the Santa Fe Desert Chorale and Seraphic Fire, a professional choir in South Florida. He has also performed with the Master Chorale of South Florida and the St. Louis Symphony Chorus and has sung under the batons of conductors such as Leonard Slatkin, Franz Welser-Möst, Helmuth Rilling, and Michael Tilson Thomas.
Tobin has performed numerous times as a soloist. At the 2007 ACDA National Convention he sang the baritone solo for the world-premiere of David Conte’s The Nine Muses, the Raymond W. Brock Commission. In February 2008 he performed in conjunction with the Frost School of Music’s Opera Theater Ensemble with Philip Glass in audience at a tribute concert to his music. Tobin has also been a soloist for Mendelssohn’s Elijah and Brahms’ Ein deutsches Requiem. He has also begun composing, and won the 2012 composition award from the Los Robles Master Chorale for his O sacrum convivium, premiered that same year.
Tobin received his DMA in Conducting from the University of Miami in Coral Gables, where he studied with Dr. Jo-Michael Scheibe and Dr. Joshua Habermann and studied voice with Professor David Malis. At the Frost School of Music Tobin conducted the Women’s Chorale and Women’s Chamber Ensemble. He was also an assistant conductor of the Civic Chorale of Greater Miami and was the Assistant Music Director of the Miami Children’s Chorus.
While in the St. Louis area Tobin was an Instructor at Principia College in Elsah, IL. He served as an Associate Director of the St. Louis Children’s Choirs. Tobin was also the previous Director of Choral Activities at Millersville University of Pennsylvania, where he directed four choirs and taught Applied voice, voice methods, and undergraduate conducting.
Tobin holds a master’s degree in voice from Illinois State University. He also received an Artist Teacher Diploma from the Choral Music Experience Institute led by Dr. Doreen Rao. He is currently the head of the Music Division at Los Angeles Mission College, part of the Los Angeles Community College District.