Tim has been at the University of North Carolina as a Lecturer of Voice since 2003.  He also serves as the Coordinator of the Music Minor and Non-Major Voice Study and a department academic advisor.

In addition to his private voice studio, he teaches German, French, and Italian diction courses.  He created a Voice Class for beginning students who were not ready for private voice lessons but wanted to prepare for solo performance opportunities.

"He is an effective teacher, communicator, and mentor to his numerous students many of whom have continued on to significant professional careers."

 ---Dr. Louise Toppin, former Chair, Department of Music, UNC-Chapel Hill


Tim taught at Meredith College for 10 years prior to joining the UNC voice faculty, where he won four Faculty Development Awards. He taught diction, pedagogy, and voice class in addition to his voice studio of graduate and undergraduate students.


"Working alongside Timothy Sparks is a real joy...he provides a shining example of real technical expertise, and a boundless enthusiasm for his work."

 --- Lisbeth Brittain Carter, Voice Professor


100% of Tim's students seeking higher education have been accepted to graduate programs.

A significant number of his students place out of graduate diction classes.


Tim has taught at summer programs including the International Young Artist Project, Operafestival di Roma, and the Montreat Conference of Worship.

Tim has served in multiple positions for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), including North Carolina President and Mid-Atlantic Regional Governor.  His students have won multiple NATS competitions at both the state and regional level.

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