Sam Sparrow

A North Carolina native, Samuel has served as Section and E-flat Clarinet with the Charlotte Symphony since 2017, and as Acting Principal Clarinet for the 2018-19 season. In addition to his post in the Charlotte Symphony, Mr. Sparrow has performed with the New York Philharmonic, North Carolina and Charleston Symphonies, and the Verbier Festival Orchestra in Switzerland. An active solo and chamber musician, Mr. Sparrow has given recitals throughout North Carolina and New York, appearing as a soloist, he has appeared with the Raleigh Symphony, Garner Sinfonia, and Triangle Youth Philharmonic. He has performed with Sting at the United Nations, and in the West Coast premiere of Matthew Aucoin's chamber opera, Second Nature. His 2019 performance of Messiaen's received a rave review, noting his "particularly impressive... extended solo movement, stylized with precision." (CVNC Arts Journal)

Mr. Sparrow is also an avid proponent of music education; he is an Adjunct Professor at Queens University of Charlotte, and has given presentations at the University of North Carolina Greensboro and Appalachian State University. In addition to maintaining a private studio, he regularly offers coachings at local schools throughout Charlotte and serves as a coach for the Charlotte Symphony Youth Orchestra program. The recipient of the Leon Russianoff Memorial Scholarship, Mr. Sparrow earned his Bachelor of Music from the Manhattan School of Music, where his primary teachers include Mark Nuccio, Anthony McGill, and Pascual Martinez.

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