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.
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.
Melissa Grey and Sue Whitener
Melissa Grey, MM currently teaches in her Ann Arbor private studio, located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Melissa maintains a career as a performer and educator, having performed and presented masterclasses throughout the country including Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida, and Michigan. In 2013, she co-founded and is the current director of the Interactive Flute Retreat, Michigan Flute Camp (2018), as well as directed the Carolina Flute Camp through 2015. She is a member of the National Flute Association, South East Michigan Flute Association and Mu Phi Epsilon.
Sue Whitener, BM -Has been an active soloist, orchestral musician and flute teacher for the past 30 years. She was Principle Flutist with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra for one year prior to joining the Plymouth Symphony Orchestra over 13 years ago. Ms. Whiter has also performed with Orchestra Canton. She has been Treasurer for the Ann Arbor Alumni Chapter of Mu Phi Epsilon, an international professional music fraternity, from 1994 to the present.