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Mark SparksBack To Artist-Faculty

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Mark Sparks is the Principal flute of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and has performed in both solo and ensemble roles in the U.S., Europe, Scandinavia, South America, Australia, and Asia with numerous orchestras, including the SLSO, the New York Philharmonic, Chicago Symphony, Pittsburgh Symphony, Cincinnati Symphony, Bergen (Norway) Philharmonic, Detroit Symphony, Houston Symphony, and the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra.  Mr. Sparks serves on the faculty of DePaul University, and is a former faculty member of the Peabody Institute. He regularly presents master classes and recitals internationally, and can be heard on solo albums with the Summit, Pesen, and AAM labels, as well as on the St. Louis Symphony's recent releases, and with other orchestras on the Telarc, Decca, Nonesuch, and Sony labels.  He has published several arrangements for flute and piano with Theodore Presser, and is a Contributing Editor of Flute Talk Magazine. He graduated from the Oberlin Conservatory as a student of Robert Willoughby and is an alumnus of the Aspen Music Festival and School, where he studied with Nadine Asin. Mr. Sparks has been an artist-faculty member at Aspen for twenty-five years.

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