The Dana School of Music announces the 27th Annual YSU Flute Festival on Saturday, March 26, from 11:00am-5:00pm in Bliss Hall. The event is free, but participants must register in advance at https://ysu.edu/music. Once registered, attendees will receive further instructions. Participants are encouraged to bring their own instruments. Contact Kathryn Umble, YSU Professor of Flute, for further information at [email protected].
Kathryn Umble will present a workshop on practicing techniques at 11:00 a.m. Guest artist Mark Sparks, former Principal Flute of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, will present a guest artist recital at 12:30 p.m., masterclass with YSU flute students at 2:00pm, and a workshop on tone development and orchestral excerpts at 4:00pm.
Sparks is an American flutist, teacher, and writer. He is the former Principal Flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra and has appeared as soloist and orchestral artist throughout the world. An enthusiastic teacher, many of his students occupy chairs in American orchestras. He is a faculty member of Chicago’s DePaul University, and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has recorded several solo albums, published arrangements for flute and piano, and writes about flute playing as a Contributing Editor of Flute Talk magazine. He is currently writing several books about orchestral excerpts and flute tone development.
More information is available by calling the Office of Community Engagement and Events at 330-727-7514.