Originally from Pittsburgh, PA, flutist and Muramatsu artist, Lindsay Leach-Sparks, enjoys a varied performance and teaching career in the U.S and abroad having given recitals in Europe, North America, and Asia. As a soloist, she has been featured with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Moore County Wind Symphony in the Carolinas, the Royal Academy Modern Instrument Baroque Orchestra, the Adastra Ensemble, and in recital at Le Musée d’Art Moderne et d’Art Contemporain in Nice, France. She has been honored in the Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competition in Paris, the Maxence Larrieu International Flute Competition in Nice, and the National Flute Association’s Young Artist, Piccolo Artist, and Baroque Artist competitions. In early 2010, she was one of two American representatives in the Beijing Nicolet International Flute Competition in China.
An avid orchestral musician, she has performed under the batons of David Zinman, James Conlon, André Previn, Gustav Meyer, David Robertson, Edward Polochick, Lan Shui, Maris Jansens, Edward Cumming, Murry Sidlin, Charles Jones Evans, and Josep Caballé-Domenech in groups such as the Moscow Ballet Orchestra, the Opera Carolina, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra and Chorus in the UK, and the Peter Maxwell Davies Ensemble (RAM). She currently holds piccolo positions with the Long Bay Symphony (SC), Symphony Orchestra Augusta (GA), and the Columbus Symphony (OH).
Dr. Leach-Sparks currently serves as Interim Professor of Flute at the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. In addition, she is the Online Professor of Jazz History in the graduate school at Rutgers University and Instructional Leader for the North Carolina Virtual Public School, creating the online music programs at both institutions. Her previous appointments include being Professor of Flute at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Methodist University in Fayetteville, NC. She is a recipient of the PEO Scholar Award as well as the North Carolina Arts Council’s Regional Artist Grant (funding from the state of North Carolina and local arts councils in Cumberland, Lee, Moore, New Hanover, Harnett and Richmond counties), through which she has had the opportunity to produce her first solo flute CD One of a Kind with London-based pianist Philip Richardson. In 2014, the Orange County Arts Council Artist Grant helped in part to fund her newest chamber recording Rediscovering Hugo Kauder currently available on the Albany label.
Dr. Leach-Sparks frequently writes articles for Flute Talk magazine and remains active in research and performance on historical flutes. She holds degrees from the Peabody Conservatory (BM: Flute and MM: Piccolo), the Royal Academy of Music (PG Diploma), and the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music (DMA), and her European studies culminated at the Académie International d’Eté de Nice, France with Philippe Bernold. Her major teachers are Brad Garner, Randy Bowman, Clare Southworth, and Laurie Sokoloff.