Southeast Michigan Flute Association

9:00 am Workshop: "Warm-up Class!", presented by Chris James


This workshop will focus on maximizing efficiency in your practice routines. This informative workshop will help you incorporate new methods and ideas to keep daily practice interesting and fun!

Canadian flutist Chris James is a highly versatile young performer. He currently holds the piccolo position with the Memphis Symphony,  principal flute with the Ann Arbor Symphony, and associate principal flute with the Missouri Symphony.  A member of the National Youth Orchestra of Canada for three years, Chris was admitted to the woodwind section of that group at the age of 15, an almost unparalleled achievement in that organization's history.  
Mr. James is a dedicated educator and is in demand as an adjudicator. He has recently served in this capacity at the Mid-South Flute Festival, the Toronto, Ottawa, and Oshawa Kiwanis Festivals, Rhodes College and the University of Michigan. He is frequently asked to give guest clinics at schools around the Toronto region. 
Mr. James holds a bachelor's degree from Manhattan School of Music, where he studied with Linda Chesis, and graduated with both the President's Award and the Janet D. Schenck Memorial Award in recognition of distinguished contribution to the life of the school. Chris also holds an Associateship Diploma from Toronto's Royal Conservatory of Music, which he earned while studying with Vicki Blechta. 

11:00 am Workshop: "Basic Flute Repair" , Presented by Robert Johnson

Mr. Johnson is the President, Founder and Chief Technician of Flute Specialists, Inc. in Clawson, will draw upon three decades of experience in the flute sales and repair industry to discuss common issues of basic repair for every flutist. 

Mr. Johnson studied flute performance at Academie Intenationale diet de Nice in Nice, France. The highlight of my performance career was performing a solo with an orchestra where he earned a degree in fine art with a focus in painting, sculpting and metalsmithing. He pursued technical training at the invitation of Muramatsu Flute engineers at the Muramatsu Flute factory and facilities in Tokorozawa and Tokyo, Japan. 

Join Mr. Johnson in an exploration of flute repair basics that will benefit flutists and their students at all levels.

1:00 pm Workshop: "6 Weeks to Anything", presented by Sharon Sparrow

In this workshop, Ms. Sparrow reveals her tried and true techniques of preparation in her recently published book "6 Weeks to Finals"  and applies it to your personal musical event! From Solo and Ensemble, to studio recitals to any upcoming audition, knowing how to prepare successfully is the key ingredient to a positive performance experience! 

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.

Ms. Sparrow 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, Ms. Sparrow 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 Sparrow 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.
During this workshop, Ms. Sparrow will be taking volunteers to help demonstrate some of the techniques, as well as taking personal suggestions from auditors of what you are specifically preparing for. Signed copies of Ms. Sparrow's new publication "6 Weeks to Finals" published by Theodore Presser Company will be available for purchase.