Sharon Wood Sparrow – Acting Principal Flute


Sharon Sparrow has been a flutist with the Detroit Symphony for the past 11 years, most recently completing a year as Principal Flutist after winning a highly competitive international audition. 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 Eastern Philharmonic Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Hong Kong Philharmonic.

A much sought after clinician, Ms. Sparrow has taught master classes at Oberlin Conservatory, the Orchestral Flute Institute, University of Michigan and Interlochen Arts Academy.  She is cofounder of the Detroit Flute Connection with her colleague, Jeffery Zook. A dedicated advocate of musical education, she strives to promote awareness and enjoyment of classical music in all her endeavors, especially with children.

She 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 with her two children, Hannah and Zachary.

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