In celebration of Black History Month, Dalton State College will offer a recital of traditional spirituals and art songs by African American composers. The concert features Soprano Jennifer Sparks, accompanied by Pianist Kris Carlisle.
The recital is scheduled Tuesday evening, February 8, at 7:30 p.m. in Goodroe Auditorium of Gignilliat Memorial Hall.
According to Dalton State Assistant Professor of Music Dr. Ellie Jenkins, Ms. Sparks is not only a talented vocalist, but plays piano, flute and most recently, harp as well. She began her music studies at age five on the piano and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in music with a specialty in performance from the University of California, Los Angeles. In addition, she earned a certificate in voice pedagogy from the Oberlin Conservatory of Music in Oberlin, OH.
She is an award-winning vocalist having earned first prize honors at the 1996 NANM Voice Competition in Los Angeles and district winner distinction at the 2001 Metropolitan Opera Auditions for the San Bernardino, CA district.
In addition to performing as a vocalist, Ms. Sparks has served as a music educator for more than 20 years and is currently the owner and an instructor at the Sixth Street School of Music in Redlands, CA.
She will be accompanied on the piano by Dr. Kris Carlisle, Associate Professor of Music at Berry College. He received training at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music and the Claremont Graduate University. Dr. Carlisle is a past winner of the Los Angeles Liszt Competition and the Rome (Italy) Festival Competition; in addition, he has earned the Martha Fischer-Tye Foundation Award, Special Achievement in Musicology Award from the Kennedy Center in Washington, DC, and the Georgia Music Teachers Steinway Piano Galleries Educator Grant.Tuesday’s recital is free and open to the public; seating is first-come, first-served.