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Oct. 5, 2018

Visiting artist bringing master class, performance to students

By Tara Garcia, communication assistant

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Mark Sparks

Mark Sparks

Northwest Missouri State University will host a renowned flutist to teach a master class to flute students at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Oct. 7, and perform a recital at 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 8, in the Charles Johnson Theater.

Mark Sparks, an American flutist, teacher and writer, is the principal flutist of the St. Louis Symphony Orchestra. He will teach a master class during which four students will perform prepared pieces, accompanied on piano by Northwest’s Dr. Jiwon Choi with an audience in attendance.

  • Elisa Turner, a senior instrumental music education major from Smithville, Missouri, will perform her senior recital Dec. 2. She will perform the first movement of Paul Hindemith’s “Flute Sonata.”
  • William Licop, a senior instrumental music education major from Kansas City, Missouri, will perform his senior recital next spring. He will perform the first movement of Otar Taktakishvili “Flue Sonata.”
  • Reba Bowen, a freshman instrumental music education student from Excelsior Springs, Missouri, will perform Gabriel Fauré’s “Fantaisie.”
  • Grace Thomas, Platte County High School student, will perform Philippe Gaubert’s “Madrigal.” Thomas is a student of Northwest alumna Christine Chesney and a two-time attendee of the Northwest Summer Music Camp.

Sparks’ flute recital Monday night with Choi will include works by Richard Strauss, Marin Marais, Bohuslav Martinu and Henri Busser.

Both events are free and open to the public. Students can receive a recital attendance credit for either events.

Dr. Rebecca Dunnell, a professor of music at Northwest, periodically invites a significant artist to the University to interact with her flute students and benefit the community with a recital performance. Dunnell is coordinator of the National Flute Association’s Convention master class competition.

“This is a tremendous opportunity, and Northwest allows students to have this sort of access,” she said. “We make things possible here and bring internationally respected artists to campus.”

Sparks has appeared as a soloist, orchestral and chamber artist, recitalist, teacher and clinician throughout the world. He is a teacher and a faculty member of Chicago’s DePaul University and the Aspen Music Festival and School. He has recorded solo albums, published a number of arrangements for flute and piano and writes about flute playing for Flute Talk Magazine.

The residency is funded by the Northwest Academic Initiatives program and the Missouri Arts Council.

For more information, please contact:

Mark Hornickel, Communication Manager | 660.562.1704 | Fax: 660.562.1900

Northwest Missouri State University
215 Administration Building | 800 University Drive | Maryville, MO 64468