About the Retreat

The Interactive Flute Session started Fall 2013 in Saline, MI. Participants were able to spend an afternoon with Sharon Sparrow, Assistant Principal Flutist of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, listening, learning, performing, and laughing. Each time, participants of the flute session walked away rejuvenated having had an immensely enjoyable experience. This summer interactive session offers the added benefit of enjoying four days in a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Michigan in beautiful South Haven MI with Sharon Sparrow.

Sharon Sparrow

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Assistant Principal Flute



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 Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Baltimore Symphony, Seattle Opera Orchestra, Memphis Symphony, Fort Wayne Philharmonic, and the Hong King Philharmonic.


Ms. Sparrow is a  much sought-after clinician and a dedicated advocate of musical education promoting awareness and enjoyment of classical music in all her endeavors.


Ms. Sparrow is currently on the faculty at Oakland University and Wayne State University and coaches select students from all over the country at her home studio.

Jeff Zook

Detroit Symphony Orchestra

Flute and Piccolo



Jeffery Zook has been a member of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra flute section since 1992. His formal musical studies began at the Interlochen Arts Academy and continued at the University of Michigan. In 1988, he received the coveted Recitalists’ Diploma from the Royal Academy of Music in London. His teachers have included William Bennett, Trevor Wye, Judith Bentley, Jacqueline Hofto and former DSO piccoloist, Clement Barone.


A prizewinner in many competitions—including the National Flute Association Young Artists Competition and William Byrd National Concerto Competition in Flint, Michigan—Jeffery has also been awarded a grant from the National Endowment for the Advancement of the Arts.


As a recording artist, Jeffery has recorded extensively for the Music Minus One label and is featured with fellow DSO flutist Sharon Sparrow on the popular band method book: Do It! Play in Band. In 2002, he teamed up with harpist Kerstin Allvin to produce Comfort and Joy! A Musical Celebration of Holiday Music for Flute and Harp.



Roots Yoga




Cindy Adams


Cindy  is an E-RYT 200 who considers herself a lifelong student of yoga who happened to fall into teaching as a means of sharing the life changing gift of yoga with friends and family.  Although her formal training is deeply rooted in the Baptiste Power Vinyasa style, she also incorporates what she has experienced and learned from her time as a conference staff member with Yoga Journal, where she is has been able to practice and learn from some of the best and brightest yoga teachers from around the world.  This experience keeps her yoga flame ignited, her teaching fresh and her classes a unique blend of flavors.



Jamie Marion


Jamie is a RYT 200 and has been practicing yoga for 16 years. Her background, personal practice and first formal training (TAP 2010) has been deeply rooted in vinyasa yoga but she is drawn to all types of yoga and is always up for a fun challenge. This is the philosophy she weaves into her classes - she challenges you but also encourages you to practice yoga (and life) joyfully!



Interactive Sessions

Melissa-Kay Grey




Director, Interactive Flute Retreat