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Sharon Sparrow

Assistant Principal Flute

Bernard and Eleanor Robertson Chair

DSO member since 1997

Sharon Sparrow

Beginning with the 2014 season, Sharon Sparrow was appointed and tenured by Leonard Slatkin as Assistant Principal Flutist with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. For the DSO, she has won the national audition and 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.

Sharon is an active orchestral, solo and chamber musician in Michigan and the United States. 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.

Sharon is a much sought-after clinician and has taught master classes all over the United States and in Canada and in France. She holds Flute Instructor positions locally at both Wayne State and Oakland University. In 2016, Theodor Presser Company published and released her book "6 Weeks to Finals"—a detailed guide to taking orchestral auditions. She is thrilled to be coaching audition candidates from all over the country to be successful.

A dedicated advocate of musical education, Sharon strives to promote awareness and enjoyment of classical music in all her endeavors, especially with children. She has written and hosted shows for both the Cuttime Players and the Detroit Symphony, and regularly performs in local schools, hospitals and retirement centers as part of the DSO’s Community Enrichment program.

Sharon received her Bachelor of Music from the prestigious Juilliard School, and Master of Music at Mannes College of Music. Her three major teachers were Julius Baker, Thomas Nyfenger and Geoffrey Gilbert.

Sharon resides in Grosse Pointe, Michigan and is most proud of her two children: Hannah, a teacher and choir director at Tecumseh Middle School, and Zack, a commercial music business graduate from Belmont University in Nashville, now working for Friendemic.