B.M., Salem College; M.S.M, Emory University; D.M.A., University of Michigan
Dr. Monica Sparzak is an organist and native of North Carolina. She is a graduate of The University of Michigan with a Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance: Liturgical, Church, and Synagogue Music. In addition, she holds a Master of Sacred Music from Emory University and Bachelor of Music from Salem College.
Dr. Sparzak is an adjunct faculty member in the music department and university organist. She has given organ recitals throughout the United States, specializing in accompanying major works. She has served as Director of Music/Organist at churches in the Midwest and Southeast. In addition to her role at the university, she maintains an organ studio in the Fayetteville area. Currently, her interest includes the role of music and music education with special needs children; specifically, how neuroplasticity in children with brain injury can affect a student’s perception of music. In addition to her love of organ, she enjoys ringing handbells. She was a bass and battery ringer with the Detroit Handbell Ensemble in Detroit, Michigan.
Dr. Sparzak is an active member of the Fayetteville-Sandhills chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and the Children’s Hemiplegia and Stroke Association (CHASA). Outside of music, she enjoys traveling and spending time with her family. Dr. Sparzak resides in Eastover, N.C. with her husband and two children.