Guest Lecture: "Entrepreneurship in the Arts"

Entrepreneurship in the Arts Topic of FSU Department of Music Presentation

The Frostburg State University Department of Music will present guest speaker Joan Sparks on Wednesday, April 24, at 3 p.m. in FSU’s Performing Arts Center, room 213. Sparks will lead a discussion on entrepreneurship in the arts, drawing on her own journey as a professional musician and business owner. Afterward, she will be available from 4 to 6 p.m. to meet individually with attendees in PAC 121.

A performing flutist for most of her professional life, Sparks opened the Flute Pro Shop in Delaware in 2009 to realize her passion for helping fellow musicians find their own musical voice. “Launching the Flute Pro Shop has enabled me to truly incorporate my musical experiences toward serving each and every client, successfully guiding them in selection, maintenance and growth,” she said.

Sparks has been a frequent substitute performer with the Philadelphia Orchestra, as well as a member of the Delaware Symphony, the Bethlehem Bach Festival Orchestra and other freelance orchestras in the mid-Atlantic area. Along with harpist Anne Sullivan, she founded the flute and harp duo SPARX in 1986, and the pair has enjoyed national and international acclaim. Through all this activity, Sparks has maintained a thriving private studio, earning the Music Teacher’s National Association’s highest designation of Master Teacher. She holds music degrees from the University of Delaware and Temple University, where she studied with the legendary Murray Panitz.

For more information, contact the FSU Department of Music at 301-687-4109.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013 at 3:00pm to 3:50pm

Performing Arts Center, 213

Event Type

Music, Lectures/Speakers


Music Department


Free admission

Phone for Info


Contact Person

Theresa Skidmore

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Ticket Info - Cost/Ticket site

Free Admission