Mark Sparks

Faculty, Interlochen Flute Institute

Principal Flute, Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra

B.M., Flute Performance, Oberlin Conservatory of Music

Mark Sparks is an American solo flutist, orchestral artist, teacher, and writer. He is Principal Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony. Recent and upcoming engagements include solo concerts in Monterrey, Mexico, Beijing, Qingdao, Sydney, the British Flute Society, the St. Louis Symphony. He has performed with many U.S. orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Cincinnati, Houston, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. Sparks can be heard as recording artist on the Summit, AAM, Sony, Telarc, Nonesuch, and Decca labels. He recently released his third solo recording, "French Album.” Mr. Sparks is a faculty member of DePaul University, the Aspen Music Festival, and Flauti al Castello in Italy. A Contributing Editor of Flute Talk Magazine, he has recently published several books, Exploring Sound: Tone Development Through Orchestral Repertoire and Orchestral Excerpt Practice Books. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Robert Willoughby.