D. J. Sparr recently completed his tenure as the 2011-2014 Young American Composer-in-Residence with the California Symphony. The San Jose Mercury News described his work as "shimmers and moves in waves, turns iridescent and wondrous…grows, pulses, leaps to its pop-Romantic apex and ends like a lullaby." His music has been commissioned and performed by groups such as the Albany Symphony, the Berkshire Symphony, Cabrillo Festival of New Music, Chicago Youth Symphony Orchestra, Dayton Philharmonic, Eighth Blackbird, Houston Grand Opera, Los Angeles 'Debut' Orchestra, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, and the Washington National Opera. Sparr was awarded the grand prize in the orchestra category of the BMG/Williams College National Young Composers Competition and has received awards and recognition from BMI, the American Music Center, Eastman School of Music, George Washington University, the League of Composers/ISCM, and New Music USA. He holds composition degrees from the Eastman School of Music (BM) and the University of Michigan (DMA).