Carol Joy Sparkman is in her fourth year as Director of Choral Music at Clinton High School in Clinton, Mississippi, where she directs four choirs and a two contemporary a cappella ensembles. In addition to her duties at the high school, she directs the pit and arranges the music for the Ambassadors, the junior high show choir. She began her career as a member of the Mississippi College music faculty, where she taught language diction, was vocal coach/accompanist, directed Mixed Company, a vocal jazz ensemble, and was Musical Director for The Mississippi College Opera/Musical Theater. Sparkman received the Bachelor of Music in Education and a Master of Music in Vocal Coaching/Accompanying degrees from Mississippi College.
Mrs. Sparkman’s choirs have consistently earned superior ratings at state choral assessments and have won Best in Class at choral festivals. Colla Voce, the mixed choir, performed as one of four selected choirs at the MS conference of the American Choral Directors Association in Spring 2017.
She is a member of the MS ACDA Board where she has served as Repertoire and Resource Chair for Vocal Jazz, Membership, and currently Contemporary and Commercial. As R&R Chair for Contemporary and Commercial, she began a contemporary a cappella workshop that is in its fourth year. She is an active member of the A Cappella Education Association, NAfME, and NATS. Sparkman is a member of team who has established Service-Learning partnerships for continuing education in choral music. Each summer the team travels to South Africa to work with music educators and choirs.