Save the date for our Spring Festival!
Friday-Saturday, April 7-8, 2017
Bob Jones University, Greenville, SC
Featured Guest Artist - Mark Sparks
Flutist MARK SPARKS is a dynamic orchestral artist, soloist, chamber musician, and teacher who has performed in many of the world's most prestigious venues. He is widely recognized for his colorful tone, spirited phrasing, and charismatic style (described by the Denver Post as "mesmerizing").
Appointed Principal Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra by the late Hans Vonk in 2000, he has appeared as soloist with the St. Louis Symphony numerous times, most recently in February 2015, October 2014, and on the Orchestra's 2013 California Tour in performances of Christopher Rouse's Concerto for Flute and Orchestra, with STL Symphony, Music Director David Robertson conducting. He has appeared as guest Principal flutist with numerous ensembles including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Dallas, Cincinnati, Minnesota, Pittsburgh, and Bergen Norway Symphony Orchestras, and was a member of the Baltimore, San Antonio, Memphis, Canton Ohio, and Caracas Venezuela Symphony Orchestras before his appointment to the STL Symphony. Concerto appearances also include the Aspen Philharmonia, Taiwan National, and Singapore Symphony Orchestras.
Sparks can be heard as solo recording artist on the Summit and AAM labels, with various orchestras on the Sony, Telarc, Nonesuch, and Decca labels, and has recently released his third solo recording, "French Album" with pianist Peter Henderson.
Born in the U.S. in 1960, Mr. Sparks graduated with honors from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Robert Willoughby. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Society, and the National Flute Association, and ASCAP. Mr. Sparks also trained at the Tanglewood Music Festival, Aspen, Sarasota, and the National Repertory Orchestra.