Flute Fest
Saturday, April 21, 2018

Dekaney High School
22351 Imperial Valley Dr.
Houston, TX 77073

Masterclasses for Advanced Flutists

Zach Sheets, 2017 Byron Hester Artist Recital

HFC Flute Choir & Jr. Flute Choir

Lectures and Recitals

Byron Hester Competition Finals

Denise Jennings Solo & Ensemble Competition

Contact Information


Mark Sparks appearance is being made possible by the generous support of Brannen Bros. Flutemakers, Inc.

Mark Sparks in Recital

Mark Sparks is an American solo flutist, orchestral artist, teacher, and writer. He was appointed Principal Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra in 2000, and has appeared as soloist with the Orchestra numerous times, most recently in March 2017. He has performed with numerous U.S. orchestras including the New York Philharmonic, the Chicago, Dallas, Detroit, Cincinnati, Houston, and Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestras. Mr. Sparks maintains an active solo career, having appeared in recital and with orchestras on 5 continents. Recent and upcoming international engagements include solo concerts in Monterrey, Mexico, Beijing, Qingdao, Sydney and London. Sparks can be heard as solo recording artist on the Summit and AAM labels, and with various orchestras on the Sony, Telarc, Nonesuch, and Decca labels. He recently released his third solo recording, "French Album.”

Mr. Sparks is a faculty member of DePaul University in Chicago, the Aspen Music Festival, and Flauti al Castello in Italy. He has frequently coached at the world’s top orchestral training programs such as the New World Symphony, National Youth Orchestra, National Orchestral Institute, and the Pacific Music Festival. As clinician, he is a frequent guest at major U.S. music schools and flute courses. Upcoming residencies include the University of Nebraska at Lincoln, the Houston Flute Club annual festival, Aspen Music Festival, Flauti al Castello, and Flutissimo at the University of Georgia.

Sparks is a Contributing Editor of Flute Talk Magazine, and has also recently published several flute and piano arrangements with Theodore Presser. He is a graduate of the Oberlin Conservatory where he studied with Robert Willoughby.

2018 Flute Fest Contacts

Vicky Williamson
Flute Fest Coordinator

Cindy Friedman Walls
Denise Jennings Solo and
Ensemble Competition Coordinator

Amy Wiggs
Byron Hester Competition Coordinator

Cindy Friedman Walls
Judging Coordinator

Jennifer Reddick
Exhibit Hall Coordinator

This web site developed and maintained by West of the World.

© 2016 - 2018 Houston Flute Club All rights reserved.