Sparti named new conductor for Symphony of Rutherford County

Feb. 24, 2013 @ 06:39 AM

The Symphony of Rutherford County has selected Dr. Patricia Sparti as its new Conductor. She succeeds Wilbert Kimple, who conducted the orchestra for nine years, and  Matthew Guffey, who led the symphony as Interim Conductor during the fall semester of this year.

Guffey will be retained as Assistant Conductor and principal clarinetist for the symphony.

As Conductor of the 50-member symphony, Dr. Sparti will be responsible for leading the volunteer musicians during the ensemble’s spring season, which marks its 25th year of musical performance and service to the local community through music and music education. Sparti is currently in the process of selecting a retrospective program of music to celebrate the longevity of the Symphony of Rutherford County and its inclusion of professional and amateur musicians alike.

Dr. Sparti chairs the music department at Gardner-Webb University. Aside from her responsibilities as professor, advisor, and administrator, she also conducts the Gardner-Webb/Cleveland County Orchestra. She earned her Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Miami and her Master of Music, as well as her Doctorate in Music, from the Peabody Conservatory of the Johns Hopkins University. With a career that includes several music directorships, orchestral music research, and leadership of professional societies, she brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the symphony.

The symphony’s first concert under Dr. Sparti’s direction is scheduled for Sunday, May 5  at the Foundation Performing Arts and Conference Center at Isothermal Community College. In keeping with the symphony’s philosophy, the performance will be open to the public and admission free. It will be followed by a reception in celebration of the orchestra’s 25th anniversary.