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Tobin Sparfeld, D.M.A.


2009    D.M.A., Choral Conducting, University of Miami; Cognate in Musicology

  • Thesis Title: A Conductor’s Guide to Two Cantatas by Philipp Heinrich Erlebach: Ich will Wasser giessen and Christus ist mein Leben
  • Dissertation Committee: Dr. Donald Oglesby, chair: Dr. Joshua Habermann; Dr. Robert Gower, Professor Frank Cooper

2002    M.M., Vocal Performance, Illinois State University

2000    B.A., Physics, Music, Principia College

  • Trustee Scholar: Full-tuition scholarship awarded by Trustees
  • Elected House President


2015-               Instructor, Glendale Community College

  • Direct College Choir, Chamber Singers
  • Teach three sections of group voice
  • Serve on Scholars Advisory Committee

2010-2015       Professor, Los Angeles Mission College

  • Direct choral program, Vice-chair of music division
  • Supervise adjunct music instructors
  • Organize and administer music curriculum
  • Elected Co-Chair of Budget and Planning Committee
  • Elected Co-Chair of College Council
  • Received tenure by recommendation of Tenure Committee, Board

2009-2010       Director of Choral Activities, Millersville University of Pennsylvania

  • Directed choral program of four choirs and 125 students
  • Taught Voice Methods, Conducting I, Applied Voice
  • Arranged concert programs; coordinated off-campus performances
  • Supervised student conducting in rehearsals and concerts
  • Organized, administered vocal program with adjunct professors
  • Coordinated recital attendance, tutoring, and recruitment activities

2007-2009       Graduate Teaching Assistant, University of Miami

  • Co-Director of Women’s Chamber Ensemble, 2007-2008
  • Co-Director of Women’s Chorale, 2008-2009
  • Assistant to Dr. Ed Asmus, Dean of Graduate Music Studies
  • Facilitated Admissions and Recruitment Processes for Grad. Studies Office

2002-2006       Director of Choral Activities, Principia College

  • Taught music theory, history, and conducting courses
  • Taught voice lessons to music majors, non-majors
  • Served on Principia College Scholastic Committee
  • Provided academic advising to students
  • Coordinated and led Principia College Music Tours
  • Recommended by Promotion Committee for promotion to Assoc. Professor



2007-2009       Assistant Music Director, Miami Children’s Chorus

  • Organized elementary music education curriculum
  • Facilitated relationships between parents and administration
  • Coordinated auditions and student transitions

2003-2006       Associate Director, St. Louis Children’s Choirs

  • Directed advanced SATB singing ensemble
  • Coordinated efforts with other instrumentalists, administration



2006-2009       Assistant Director, Civic Chorale of Greater Miami

  • Synthesized varying demands of community, undergraduate singers



2015    Review of “Conducting Hope: The Only Men’s Prison Choir In The U.S. To Perform Outside Prison Walls,” IFCM Bulletin (3rd quarter 2015)

2015    Review of “A Purcell Collection: VOCES8,” ACDA Choral Journal, (August 2015)

2015    Review of “Seraphic Fire: Reincarnations,” IFCM Bulletin (2nd quarter 2015)

2015    “Critic’s Pick 2: Marian Borkowski: Choral Works,” IFCM Bulletin (1st quarter 2015)

2014    Review of recording of “Gioachino Rossini: Petite Messe Solennelle,” ACDA Choral Journal, (November 2014)

2014    Review of “The Essentials of Beautiful Singing: A Three-Step Kinesthetic Approach,” IFCM Bulletin (4th quarter 2014)

2014    Review of “Handel: Messiah,” ACDA Choral Journal (June/July 2014)

2014    Review of “Modern Vocal Music: Handbook for Choir Leaders,” IFCM Bulletin (2nd quarter 2014)

2014    Review of “Musica Camerata Limberg: Am Siebenten Tage,” IFCM Bulletin (1st quarter 2014)

2013    “Being a Choral Leader in Lean Times,” IFCM Bulletin (2nd quarter 2013)

2013    Review of “A Year at Winchester,” ACDA Choral Journal (February 2013)

2012    Review of “Christmas with Cantus,” ACDA Choral Journal (August 2012)

2010    Review of “A Chatman Christmas: Choral Music by Stephen Chatman,” ACDA Choral Journal (November 2010)

2009    Review of “You Shall Have a Song: The Music of Stephen Paulus,” ACDA Choral Journal (December 2009)

2008    “A Clean, Well-Lighted Place,” IFCM Bulletin (4th quarter 2008)

2008    Review of Four Buxtehude Recordings, ACDA Choral Journal (August 2008)

2007    Review of “Berlioz: Te Deum, Mozart: Kyrie, Staatskapelle Dresden,” ACDA Choral Journal (June 2007)



2014    Participant in ACDA International Choral Exchange Program at Central China Normal University in Wuhan, China, story published in December 2014 ACDA Choral Journal

2012    Los Robles Master Chorale Young Composer’s Competition—award for     composition of O sacrum convivium

2002    MTNA Student Achievement Recognition Award

2000    Student Laureate, Lincoln Academy of Illinois

2000    Member, Phi Alpha Eta (College Honors Society)

1999    Member, Sigma Pi Sigma (National Physics Society)

1998    Georgie Graham Ives Music Award



2013-   Soloist, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Palos Verdes

2011    Soloist, Tenth Church of Christ, Scientist, Los Angeles

2008    Soloist, Schubert: Mass in G, Civic Chorale of Greater Miami

2008    Soloist, Tribute Concert to Philip Glass, with Philip Glass in Attendance, University of Miami Campus

2007    Soloist and Baritone, World-Premiere of David Conte’s The Nine Muses at the ACDA National Convention, the Raymond W. Brock Commission

2006    Soloist, Third Church of Christ, Scientist, Miami, 2006-2009

2006    Third Place, Southern Illinois Young Artists Competition

2005    Soloist, Ralph Vaughn Williams: Hodie, Principia College Choir and Orchestra Concert

2004    Soloist, First Church of Christ, Scientist, Elsah, IL 2004-2006

2004    Soloist, Brahms: Ein deutsches Requiem, Principia College Choir and Orchestra Concert

2002    Soloist, Mendelssohn: Elijah, Principia College Choir and Orchestra Concert, November 2002



2012-2015       Santa Fe Desert Chorale winter seasons*

2007-2008       Seraphic Fire*

2006-2009       University of Miami Frost Chorale

2006-2009       University of Miami Chamber Singers

2006-2009       Civic Chorale of Greater Miami

2006-2007       Master Chorale of South Florida

2001-2002       Encore!, Illinois State University Jazz Ensemble

2000-2002       Concert Choir, Illinois State University

2000-2002       Madrigal Singers, Illinois State University

2001                Civic Chorale, Illinois State University

1996, 1998      Principia College Touring Choir

1996                St. Louis Symphony Chorus

1996-2000       Principia College Choir

1995                ACDA National Men’s Honor Choir

1982-1996       St. Louis Children’s Choirs, 1982-1996

* professional ensemble


As a Singer

  • Rejoice!; Jeffrey Ames
  • Out of the Mists, Above the Real; Daniel Brewbaker
  • Nottorno; Vicente Chavarria
  • The Nine Muses; David Conte
  • Fiesta; Cristian Grases
  • Twa Tanbou; Sydney Guillaume
  • Lux aeterna; Kenneth Lampl
  • Alleluia For the Waters; Daniel Pinkham
  • Aereophany; Steven Taylor
  • Elegy; Dennis Tobenski


As a Conductor

  • Matembezi ni Maombi (Walking is Prayer); Everett Griffiths
  • Tristis et anima mea; Everett Griffiths
  • Variations on Viderunt omnes; Tobin Sparfeld
  • Sevivon; arr. Tobin Sparfeld



2012    Panorama High School Choral Music Festival

2010    Manheim Township District Choral Festival

2010    Red Lion District Choral Workshop

2007    Conductors Institute of South Carolina: Dr. Donald Portnoy, director,      University of South Carolina

2003    The Complete Choral Musician Workshop: Ms. Judith Clurman,   director, The Juilliard School

2003    Eastman Choral Institute: Dr. William Weinert, director, Eastman School       of Music

1998    Choral Music Experience Institute: Dr. Doreen Rao, director (1998-2005            non-consecutive)

  • Toronto, Ontario, 2005 – Completed Artist Teacher Certification
  • Cardiff, Wales, 2004
  • Maynooth, Ireland, 2002
  • Arvika, Sweden, 1998


  • Samuel Jones
  • William Weinert
  • Doreen Rao
  • Robert Porco
  • Paul Vermel
  • James Rodde
  • Janet Galvan
  • David Hoose
  • Lee Kesselman
  • Lori-Anne Dolloff
  • Peter Jaffe
  • Judith Clurman
  • Donald Portnoy


  • Stephen Salters
  • Martin Katz


  • Conducting I
  • Choral Rehearsal
  • Choral Conducting
  • Introduction to Western Art Music/Music Appreciation
  • Introduction to the Symphony
  • History of American Musical Theater
  • The History of Song
  • Popular Music in America
  • Music Fundamentals and Ear Training, Level I
  • Music Fundamentals and Ear Training, Level II
  • Music Theatre Production
  • Diatonic Harmony
  • Chromatic Harmony
  • Voice Lessons
  • Voice Methods/Group Voice



  • Choir, Choral Literature, Choral Methods
  • Conducting
  • Musicology
  • Music Theory



  • American Choral Directors Association
  • Chorus America
  • International Federation of Choral Music
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