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 first summer interactive session offers the added benefit of a picturesque setting on the shores of Lake Michigan in beautiful South Haven MI.




2017  Session Topics

(Click on each topic to read a short description of that Session)















Nestled on the beach the adventurous can enjoy the sand for miles, regain focus with daily yoga, kayaking, swimming, and even enjoy bike rides around town or on the Kal-haven bike trail. Relax in the evenings with a dip in the jacuzzi and cozy up to a summer campfire.

Equipment will be provided at no additional cost.

*We will have 7 bikes at the residence. For those of you that have your own bike please bring it along






This beautiful newly constructed 4,000 square foot three story beach house is the perfect place to enjoy your summer while growing, and engaging in flute related activities. Located right on the beach of Lake Michigan in South Haven, this spacious home provides bountiful natural light lending way to engage in workshops as well as taking a few moments to slip away for reflection and practice. With three levels of wrap-around decks and a patio on the first floor, you can enjoy bountiful meals, conversation and raise a toast to a perfect sunset each night.

Ample accommodations include 6 lovely rooms and 5 baths. Two rooms provide approximately  600 square feet  of space with adult sized luxury loft beds that will accommodate four to six adults. Two single rooms are available at an additional cost.

Additional Commuter accommodations available include:


Victoria Resort

Address: 241 Oak Street, South Haven, MI 49090

Phone:(269) 637-6414


Sand Castle Inn

Address: 203 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090

Phone:(269) 639-1110


Carriage House at the Harbor

Address: 118 Woodman Street, South Haven, MI 49090

Phone:(269) 639-2161


Inn at the Park

Address: 233 Dyckman Avenue, South Haven, MI 49090

Phone:(269) 639-1776


Last Resort

 Address: 86 North Shore Drive, South Haven, MI 49090

Phone:(269) 637-8943


Holiday Inn Express

Address: 1741 Phoenix Road, South Haven, MI 49090

Phone:(269) 637-8800


Baymont Inn

Phone: (855) 499-0001

Address: 1555 Phoenix Rd, South Haven, MI


Hampton Inn

Address: 04299 Cecilia Drive, South Haven, MI 49090

Phone:(269) 639-8550


Comfort Suites

Address: 1755 Phoenix Street, South Haven, MI 49090

Phone:(269) 639-2014





Q. Are lessons included in the retreat?

A. Every resident gets one 30 min lesson with Sharon. Lesson information will be available approximately one month before the retreat


Q. What is the difference between private resident and resident?

A. Private residents stay in their own private room at an additional cost

Residents also stay at the house for the duration of their stay, however they share large rooms with others.  a loft room and a bunk room.


Q. What is the refund policy?

A. Retreat: There is a $150 non-refundable deposit for every submission.

Orchestral Excerpts: $50 non-refundable deposit

Mastering Your Piccolo: $50 non-refundable deposit


Q. Are there accommodations for the Master Your Piccolo class?

A. Yes! For attendees that would like to stay at the house throughout the week (Tuesday-Sunday) the cost to stay at the house in a shared room is $75 per night.


Q. What is the address of the event?

A. South Haven, MI. Address will be disclosed after you register.


Q. Are meals included?

A. Yes, the Interactive Flute Retreat is an all-inclusive event. Meals will be provided Thursday evening through Sunday afternoon.

Mastering Your Piccolo Skills- snacks provided


Q. Is there a one day pass available?

A. Yes, you may purchase a day pass for Saturday June 24, 2017 for $150. Meals and activities are included.


Q. Are there any free events?

A. The engaging Sparrow/Zook duo will give a concert that is free and open to the public. Following the event will be a masterclass which is also open to the public for an additional cost. Contact info@interactivefluteretreat.com for more information.


Event Pricing Information




Interactive Flute Retreat

Register Here


All-inclusive 4-days in a private residence learning and connecting with Sharon Sparrow.

Private Resident / Resident

Resident: $875

- Lodging included for three nights

- Includes One half hour private lesson with Sharon Sparrow

- Private yoga classes on the beach

- All meals provided

- and more...



Private Resident SOLD OUT

Resident: $875

Commuter: $675 (does not include a private lesson)

Day Pass: $150 (does not include private lesson or lodging)




Orchestral Excerpts with Sharon Sparrow

Please note: This class has been cancelled for 2017




Master Your Piccolo Skills with Jeff Zook

Tuesday June 20 12-5

Cost: $125

optional lodging: $75





Super Saturday Day Pass

Saturday June 24  9:30am-9pm

Cost: $150 (pre-register)  $175 (day of event)







  • Mozart Concertos and Cadenzav Writing

    A staple of the flute repertoire, Mozart's flute concertos come to life in this class! Learn why style and interpretation of these inspiring pieces are so important and why they are repeatedly required on audition lists.  Sharon will also take you on a fun journey of writing your own cadenza for these masterworks!

  • INtonation OUTtonation

    Playing IN tune is one of our greatest responsibilities as a flutist! From the tuning note, to how to place notes in a chord, this class will explore all aspects of INtonation. Sharon will also give you tools to hear when you are NOT in tune, hence the dreaded OUTtonation!

  • The Bach Sonatas

    As flutists, we are indebted to Bach for writing these gems for us! Let's learn how to show him our gratitude by learning correct style, articulation and phrasing as we perform his beautiful sonatas.

  • Orchestral Excerpts Workshop

    Based on the award winning book "6 Weeks to Finals", Sharon will walk us through audition preparation while sharing invauable tidbits on how to practice the most required excerpts for flute auditions!

  • Master Class

    In a traditional setting, it's your turn to shine! Whether performing a solo, duo, or ensemble piece, the Sparrow/Zook master class is always a special and fun opportunity not to be missed. Their rapport with each other as well as each participant is always stimulating, rewarding, positive and insightful. This year we are pleased to have Rudolf Ozolins joining us on the piano to collaborate, as well as share tips on how to work with your accompanist!

  • Inspiring Stories, Listening, and the art of sharing your talent

    This class has it all! From inspiring stories of a lifelong career, to how to actually "listen" to a recording as you prepare and finally, how to make the shift from "I'm nervous to play" to "I'm so excited to share my talent".