D. J. Sparr (b 1975, Westminster, Md.) is an American composer and guitarist.
Sparr is a graduate of the Baltimore School for the Arts and received his Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music. He completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 2003. His composition teachers include Michael Daugherty, Augusta Read Thomas, and Pulitzer Prize winners William Bolcom, Christopher Rouse, and Joseph Schwantner.
D. J. was the Young American Composer-in-Residence with the California Symphony from 2011-14 and was Composer-in-Residence with the Richmond Symphony from 2009-11. His compositions have been commissioned and performed by organizations such as the Houston Grand Opera, North Carolina Opera, and Eighth Blackbird. Recent/upcoming works include Katrina: Concerto or Jazz Guitar and Orchestra (Arkansas Symphony) White Gold (CAM Raleigh, NC Symphony), and On Behalf: A Metaphor (Tribeca New Music Festival).
Works for Winds
- Cloud of Witnesses (2015)
- Ella Que Llora (2018)
- General Electric
- Precious Metal (2009)
- Prelude and the Velvet Fugue
- D.J. Sparr website Accessed 13 November 2016