Kimberly Sparr is the assistant principal violist of the Richmond Symphony and Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Prior to joining the RSO, Sparr performed with many orchestras including the National Symphony, Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, and Washington National Opera. She previously served on the faculty of the University of Maryland Baltimore County.
Sparr received her Bachelor of Music degree from Rice University where she studied with Martha Katz. She received her Master of Music from the New England Conservatory with James Dunham and her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Maryland under the guidance of Daniel Foster. While at the New England Conservatory, she received the Gunther Schuller award and was on the roster for the Piatigorsky Foundation.
Dr. Sparr has participated in summer festivals nationwide performing with the Wolftrap Opera Orchestra in Washington DC, the Lake George Music Festival in New York, and Festival Mozaic in San Luis Obispo, California. She was also a fellow at Aspen and Tanglewood.
Her performances have taken her all over the globe including tours of Europe and Asia with the Verbier Orchestra and National Symphony. Sparr is a member of the Atlantic Chamber Ensemble in Richmond, Virginia and she has recently collaborated with CounterPoint in Washington DC and New Music Raleigh in North Carolina.