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Introduction . . . . Music . . . . Theater . . . . Work . . . . Resume(s)

{From a favorite play...

Pozzo: (leading his slave)((suddenly furious))

"Have you not done tormenting me with your accursed time! It's abominable!
When! When! One day, is that not enough for you, one day he went dumb,
one day I went blind, one day we'll go deaf, one day we were born,
one day we shall die, the same day, the same second, is that not enough for you?
(Calmer now) They give birth astride of a grave, the light gleams an instant,
then it's night once more!"

Waiting for Godot by Samuel Beckett (1954)}


Carl in 'mornings @ 7' St Luke Madrigal Dinner 2002
On the left, "Carl (who has 'fits')" in "Mornings at Seven" spring 2003
On the right, (with Bonney [spouse]) St Luke Madrigal Dinner November 2002

Hi, this is the home page of R. J. Sprafka (as of 11/2014).

Let me give you a bit of history about myself. I have a degree in high energy experimental elementary particle physics, have performed experiments at many large US accelerators, and have been a physics professor.

I have been a faculty member for both a MD and a DO medical school Community Medicine department - specializing on the development of ambulatory care data informations systems for feedback to Family Practice residents and faculty.

I have worked as an alternative energy consultant (methane and hydrogen for transportation).

I have programmed, used, and been responsible for digital computers (from micros to mainframes) ever since 1960. I worked for a few years as a computer consultant designing specialized data bases for county health departments and for legislative bill tracking. I spent several years in technical market support doing instrumentation, online data collection and analysis for natural gas engine driven chillers and compressors, a liquid methane refueling station, and a compressed gas bus refueling facility.

I enjoy the performing arts as a participant in choral singing, theater (both acting and tech work) and solo singing.

Prior to moving to a retirement community in 2009, I enjoyed gardening and liked to have dogs around the house.
I like to read. I am refreshing my musical keyboard skills so I can enter music for use as background on web pages, as well as creating rehearsal files which emphasize the bass part (which I sing).

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The musical genre I prefer is sacred choral music, preferrably accompanied (if at all) by only a few instruments. I was a member of Forest City Singers a 20 or so voice classical SATB choir centered in Pepper Pike, Ohio, from March 1994 through the summer of 2003 (when I relocated away from the group). I have sung with the University Circle Chorale (1993-1997), Western Reserve Chorale (1997-1998), the Lakeland Community Chorus (1998-2000), the Lake Erie College Community chorus (2001), Ohio Lyric Theater Community chorus (2003-2004), Wittenberg Chamber Singers (2004-2006), Yellow Springs Community Chorus (2004-2006), First Church Choir & Choral Society (2005-2007), Delaware (OH) Community Chorus (2013-2014). I sang with the Warren Philharmonic Festival choir three springs (2000-2002), and have performed thrice with the Springfield Symphony Festival singers (2004-2006). I studied voice with Virginia Mast, the founding director of the Forest City Singers, for five years. I have been a choir member and soloist at a dozen or churches from 1994-2012 (sort of a church choir migrant worker). For several years I served as a cantor at two episcopal churches in NE Ohio.

Christmas music is a particular fancy of mine (as long as it was written long, long ago - no mommy getting STD from Santa here). I have participated in 4 "Boar's Head and Yule Log Festivals" at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral in Cleveland, and have performed five years for the Stan Hywett "Madrigal Feaste" dinners (Akron) ('97-'01).

I have been a soloist with Forest City Singers, the Western Reserve Chorale and the Lakeland Civic Chorus. For the latter I sang the role of Tevye in a suite from "Fiddler on the Roof" in March, 1999. This work was also performed at the Chatauqua Institution, New York, in June, 1999. I prepared a group to entertain at the St. Luke Episcopal Medieval dinner held late November (2001 and 2002). We sang mostly early renaissance, but a few authentic medieval pieces.

You can get some idea of my tastes in music by looking at the rehearsal pieces I have put on the web for other choir members to use. The files are stored in Noteworthy Composer format, as MIDI files, and as PDF documents. The audible files emphasize the part being stressed, for example bass rehearsal files have the bass as a very loud bassoon on the right, and the chorus as various saxophones on the left, with the accompaniment in the middle.
Stan Hywett Hall 'Madrigal Feaste' 11/99 picture of the queen's court

The Queen's Court
at The Madrigal Feastes
(Stan Hywett Hall, Akron 11/99)

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I moved to Hambden township, OH, in the fall of 1997. In 1998 the Geauga Lyric Theater Group moved to Chardon, the nearest village (now city). I had been wanting to do some theater again, after being forcibly retired from the East Ohio Gas Company, and this seemed like an act of divine something or other to move a theater group near me.

In 1998 I played the part of Duncan Little in "Maple Madness" an original one--act "murder mellerdrammer" performed during the Chardon Maple Festival (April) at the new home of the Geauga Lyric Theater Guild (GLTG) in Chardon. I did lights for the childrens workshop production of "12 Dancing Princesses" in August. In the fall of 1998, I was Mr. Paravicini in Agatha Christie's "The MouseTrap".

In 1999 I played the ambassador in "Don't Drink the Water", the villainous Bob Blackheart in "The Sap Also Rises" (another original one-act melodrama in honor of the Chardon Maple Festival), and Huckleby (Boy's father)((again)) in "The Fantasticks". I performed as Barrymore, the sinister butler, in "Hound of the Baskervilles". I was the lighting designer and ran lights for two workshop productions: "Alice in Wonderland" (kids 8-13); and "Grease" (teens 14-17).

The year 2000 started with me cast as Jacob in "Joseph and the amazing technicolor Dreamcoat". I did the lighting design for the Maple Festival production and for the summer workshops (Wizard of Oz for the 8-13 yr olds, and Bye Bye Birdie for the teens). In the fall I played Teddy in "Arsenic and Old Lace".

Two minor roles (Lieutenant Ward and Secretary of Interior Ickes) in "Annie" started the theater season of 2001. I served as lighting designer for three youth workshop productions: "Charlotte's Web"; "Schoolhouse Rock Live!;" and West Side Story". GLTG stages a locally written version of "Christmas Carol" each year - a musical version! I served as both both Music Director and "Scrooge" (humbug!). I also became a member of the Board of Trustees at GLTG.

In mid-2002 I became the treasurer of GLTG. I still served on the board. Two more summer youth workshop productions: "Treasure Island" and "Fame". I played a major character in a staged reading of a writers workshop original script "The Dealer" -- which carries an anti-drug message aimed at youth. Again music director for "Christmas Carol".

2003 found me wise enough to relinquish the volunteer job of theater treasurer in late spring. I played several minor roles in "Scarlet Pimpernel", and lit the youth workshops "Starmites" and "Footloose". At Rabbit Run Summer Theater in Madison OH (a famous originally summer-stock place) I played "Carl" in "Morning's at Seven".

I was slated to direct an original script production in the fall of 2003, and to music direct "Wonderful Life" that winter. Fate again intervened, and I relocated to the London, OHio, area in the late summer of 2003.

There I got to combine again theater and music in the Springfield, OH, Covenant Presbyterian "Boarshead Festival" under the direction of Basil Fett.

I got to play one of my favorite roles in theater, that of Dr. Einstein in "Arsenic & Old Lace" for the Madison County Arts Council production in London, OH, in summer 2005.

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"Work" (such as it is now)

I work part time at a sole partnership: AAI Scientific (data Acquisition, Analysis, and Interpretation); also known as "Sprafka Consulting) doing home and SOHO computer consulting, small LAN implementation, and small industrial data gathering projects. The company also offers services assisting home computer users with equipment selection, acquisition, checkout, personalization, and some tutoring. I have been surprised at the potential market for a small scale effort where individual satisfaction is the goal. Since at this stage of my life I need only work part time, I can make a few dollars, help others and have fun.

Having fun is the single most important factor. I am tired of working for others at a hurried pace to "maintain a lifestyle".

By now (12/2014) I am more or less retired, doing tasks only for friends and only when there is minimal time pressure.

A two page professional resume is available for viewing (as an "portable document" (pdf) ADOBE ACROBAT file). My publication list in three professional and academic disciplines (high energy experimental particle physics, alternative energy consulting, medical data bases); my choral music experience (1952 - present); my theater experience (1955 - present); and my varied computer experience (1960 - present) summary are also available.

"Work is progressing in a non-intensive fashion on this Home-Page project.
Other things keep, music, sleep, etc.
Ah, well, today we add a picture. Perhaps tomorrow some links
to favorite sites which will tell more about me, my likes and dislikes.

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Suggestions for content are welcome via e-mail to
    rjsprafka @

My professional scientific and technical resume materials, as well as summaries of my artistic endeavors follow:

Two page version of my resume
Technical publication summary (5 pp)
Theater experience (3 pp)
Vocal music experience (3 pp)
Computer/language experience (3 pp)

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((this document was last updated 2014-11-23))