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Week of Sep 9-15, 2018

Wednesday 12 September

Sharon Sparrow: Audition Masterclass

Time: 3:30 pm to 5 pm

Contact: Dr. Serena Weren · sweren@loyno.edu

Location: Communications/Music Complex, 204G

Written in easy-to-read short chapters, SIX WEEKS TO FINALS is a clearly organized system for flutists to prepare and train musically and mentally for auditions. Sharon Sparrow, a flutist in the Detroit Symphony, has taken countless auditions herself, understands the rigors of preparation and the state of mind necessary for success. This textbook guides flutists through the all-important process behind a successful audition.

Sharon Sparrow is currently Acting Principal Flute of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra. She is tenured in the position of Assistant Principal Flute and before that, Second Flute, as well as the winner of the National audition for Principal Flute of that 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 locally is the Instructor of Flute at Oakland University and Wayne State University.

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.

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.

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 and the CutTime Players, based in Michigan. Sharon has been a concerto soloist and has held Principal positions with the Memphis Symphony, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic and the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, as well as been a guest flutist in the Chicago, Pittsburgh and Baltimore Symphony.


This event is free and open to the public.

Saturday 15 September

2nd Annual Charles E. Braswell Music Therapy Symposium

Time: 8 am to 5:15 pm

Contact: Kathleen Murphy · kmmurphy@loyno.edu · (504)865-2122

Location: Nunemaker Auditorium, 3rd Floor, Monroe Hall

Cost: Ranges between $35-$80 Get Tickets

This year's Music Therapy Symposium features expert music therapists Laurel Young, Penny Roberts and Lauren DiMaio. They will share their strategies in serving older adults. Topics include: grief, environmental enrichment and dementia care.


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All State Band Audition Workshop

Time: 12 pm to 2 pm

Contact: Serena Weren · sweren@loyno.edu · (504) 865-2027

Location: Communications/Music Complex Room 240

Cost: Free with required registration Get Tickets

Come join our Loyola Woodwind, Brass and Percussion Faculty to discuss practice methods, performance techniques, musical phrasing, and psychological preparation for auditions plus provide individual coaching for each instrument.
The workshop is free and open to all Louisiana music students.