Craig Leland Sparks is a talented composer, vocalist, pianist, and conductor. He is currently the Director of Music at Hunting Ridge Presbyterian Church and Artistic Director for the Bowie Senior Chorale. He composes choral music, and has had his works performed by the Baltimore Choral Arts Society, Towson University Chamber Singers, Towson University Chorale, and the New Dimension Singers. Some of his original choral works and arrangements are available for purchase as digital downloads from sheetmusic.com
Mr. Sparks holds a B.M. from Towson University and an M.A. from the University of Pittsburgh, both in composition/theory. He has been teaching private voice, piano, and composition for more than twelve years, and currently maintains a studio at Bills Music in Catonsville.
When not teaching, he leads the Craig Sparks Swingtet, a jazz vintage jazz band with a modern twist. In addition to playing classic tunes from the 1920’s through the 1940’s, he also covers modern artists like Cold Play and Lorde in a vintage jazz style. Duke Ellington famously quipped that there were two kinds of music, good and bad, and he liked good music. Craig shares those sentiments, and searches out great tunes to make jazz relevant to all ages.
Recently, Craig has started recording his own original tunes, influenced by his love of folk/americana, blues, jazz, and pop. Look for some of these songs to be released commercially soon!