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Orchestral Excerpts Master Class and Audition Prep Coaching 

with Sharon Sparrow

Saturday, November 14, 2020

3:00-5:00 PM, EST

Online via Zoom

All are welcome to audit the class.  Members may attend for free.  There is a $5 fee for non-members.

Please register by noon on November 14th to receive the Zoom link. 

Performer Information:
  • This master class will focus on orchestral excerpt repertoire and how to effectively prepare for auditions.    
  • Applicants must be a member of the Flute Society.  Click here for membership
  • Once membership is completed, the performer application can be found under the member access section. (you must be logged in to access)
  • Performer applications are due with a prerecorded screening video by October 25th.  Videos must be of the piece(s) you wish to perform.
  • If accepted, a class fee of $35 is due within one week to secure your spot.  Payment can be made on the event registration page. 

Master class questions may be directed to Elivi Varga, master class chair. 

General questions may be sent to

Sharon Sparrow is the Assistant Principal Flutist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She earned a Bachelor’s degree at The Juilliard School and a Master’s degree at Mannes College of Music, studying with renowned teachers Julius Baker, Thomas Nyfenger and Geoffrey Gilbert. She has given master classes all over the world and currently is the Instructor of Flute at Oakland University and Wayne State University in Michigan.

Sharon is a sought-after trainer for orchestral auditions on all instruments, and she has coached players who have won major jobs in orchestras throughout the US. Her specialty is helping musicians with their mindset, confidence and certainty through preparation so they can master the audition experience. Her book, “6 Weeks to Finals”, published by Theodore Presser in 2016 is in high demand and won recognition from the National Flute Association as one of their “Best new publications” in 2016.

In August of 2018, a set of duets, “Telemann for Two” that she co-wrote with colleague Jeffery Zook, based on Telemann’s Solo Fantasies was released by Theodore Presser and are being performed by flutists everywhere.

Sharon Sparrow is a hands-on advocate for music education at all ages and has hosted and written children’s shows for both the Detroit Symphony Orchestra and the CutTime Players, based in Michigan. As part of Detroit Symphony’s “Live from Orchestra Hall” webcasts, Sharon can be seen performing weekly around the world.

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