For Immediate Release

2014 CMU Flute Festival

Attention all flutists:

Ms. Sharon Sparrow, assistant principal flutist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, will be this year's CMU School of Music Flute Festival guest artist. Flute Festival 2014 is scheduled for Sunday, September 21 in the Music Building on Central Michigan University's campus. 

The first half of the afternoon consists of Flute Choir readings at 12:15, led by Joanna White and MaryAnn Hubbard, followed at 1:30 p.m. by workshops on flute repair and yoga (Kristin Batzner from Kula Yoga, and Robert Johnson from Flute Specialists). Ms. Sparrow will present her afternoon recital at 3:00 p.m. and finish the day with her master class from 4:30-6:30  

For a complete Flute Festival schedule, click here: Schedule

For Flute Festival guest artists & clinicians, click here:  Bios

For questions and to pre-register for CMU Flute Day 2014, please email Dr. Joanna White, professor of flute, at

Students wishing to perform for Ms. Sparrow during the masterclass should email an MP3 or mail a CD of one solo piece (no accompaniment required) to Dr. White:  

Professor Joanna White

Music Building 178

Central Michigan University

Mt. Pleasant, Michigan 48859

Please include your name, age, grade, school, name of composer and piece with your recording. Deadline for receipt of audition tape is September 10th, 2014.

Sharon Sparrow begins the 2014 season with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra as tenured assistant principal flutist. A sixteen-year member of the DSO, she has also played the positions of second flute and principal flute, and can be heard and viewed as principal flutist on all webcasts and recordings in the 2008-09, and 2011-12 seasons. An active orchestral, solo and chamber musician in Michigan and the United States, Ms. Sparrow has been noted for her artistry, exquisite tone and musical interpretations. In addition to her positions in Detroit, she has also performed with the Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Opera Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic and Hong Kong Philharmonic.

A much sought-after clinician, Ms. Sparrow has taught master classes at Oberlin Conservatory, Glenn Gould School at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto, Lawrence University, the Orchestral Flute Institute, University of Michigan, Interlochen Arts Academy and in New York City at the National Flute Association Convention.

A dedicated advocate of musical education, Sharon strives to promote awareness and enjoyment of classical music in all her endeavors, especially with children. In October of 2009, Ms. Sparrow wrote and hosted a DSO show "A Musical Safari" for their Education Concert Series for school-aged children of Metro Detroit. In August of 2009 in NYC at the NFA convention, her presentation entitled "6 Weeks To Finals" sparked much interest in her unique guide to orchestral auditioning, and her book of the same title is in progress.

Ms. Sparrow is currently on the faculty at Oakland University and Wayne State University and coaches select students from all over the country at her home studio.

Sharon received her Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School and her Master of Music from Mannes College of Music, both in New York City. Ms. Sparrow was privileged to study under Julius Baker, Thomas Nyfenger and Geoffrey Gilbert.

Sharon resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan with her two children, Hannah, who attends University of Michigan in the vocal music education program and Zack, a music business major at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee.


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