Tram Sparks

Adjunct Associate Professor

Division: Classical Performance and Composition
Program: Choral and Sacred Music

Expertise: Choral Music


Tram Sparks, conductor and pianist, joined the USC Thornton faculty as Adjunct Associate Professor in the Department of Choral and Sacred Music. Prior to her move from Philadelphia to Los Angeles in 2009, Dr. Sparks was Associate Professor and Associate Director of Choral Activities at Temple University’s Boyer College of Music & Dance, where she taught from 1999-2009. Sparks has taught graduate and undergraduate courses in choral literature, conducting and aural theory, and was conductor of the Concert Choir, University Chorale, Women’s Chorus and University Singers while at Temple University.

In addition to teaching at Temple, she has served on the faculties of Dordt College and St. Joseph’s University. Sparks holds the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in Choral Conducting from The Yale University School of Music and the Master of Music and Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting and Piano Performance, respectively, from Temple University. While at Yale, she was named an Edward Stanley Seder Scholar, was the recipient of the French Award in Conducting and contributed to the interdisciplinary program in Music, Liturgy & the Arts at The Yale Institute of Sacred Music. Dr. Sparks has served as Music Director in synagogues and churches in the Greater Philadelphia area.

Professional experience

Honors, Awards & Competitions:

- Merit Award for Teaching and Creative Activity (Temple University)

– Presidential Summer Research Fellowship (Temple University)

– The French Award (Yale Institute of Sacred Music

– The Richard De Long Prize (Yale Institute of Sacred Music)

– Edward Stanley Seder Scholar (Yale Institute of Sacred Music)

Academic degrees

  • DMA, Yale University School of Music, 2003
  • MMA, Yale University School of Music, 1998; MM, Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, 1995
  • BM, Temple University Boyer College of Music and Dance, 1993