Sharon Sparrow, M.M.
DSO Affiliate Applied Faculty, Flute
Sharon Sparrow has been named Acting Assistant Principal Flutist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra beginning with the 2012-13 season. In the Detroit Symphony she has also played Second Flute, a position she is tenured in, and Principal Flute, and can be heard and viewed as Principal Flutist on all webcasts and recording 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 all over the United States, in Canada and in France. She is cofounder of the Detroit Flute Connection with her colleague Jeffery Zook, with whom she is currently completing a series of duets based on Telemann’s Fantasies for Solo Flute. Her 2009 presentation at the National Flute Association Convention in NYC sparked much interest in her unique approach to orchestral auditions, and she is currently working on a book on that topic.
A dedicated advocate of musical education, Ms. Sparrow strives to promote awareness and enjoyment of classical music in all her endeavors, especially with children. She has written and hosted children’s shows for both the Cuttime Players and the Detroit Symphony.
Sharon received her Bachelor of Music from the Juilliard School, and Master of Music at Mannes College of Music. Ms. Sparrow had the great privilege 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 business major at Central Michigan University.