Bio

Nadia Sparrow began her musical training at the age of seven. and showed exceptional promise from a very early age. She has been a consistent first place winner in music competitions across Canada and studied with acclaimed artists such as Patrick Gallois (Paris, France), Jeannie Baxtresser (New York, U.S.A), Susan Hoeppner (Toronto, Canada), Peter Lloyd (London, England), Timothy Hutchins (Montreal, Canada), and Jim Walker (L.A. U.S.A.).

At the age of 15 Nadia was awarded the Galaxie Rising Star award and competed at the Canadian Music Competition Nationals. In 2003 Nadia was awarded the prestigious Calgary Kiwanis Music Festival Rose Bowl and Rose Bowl Scholarship as well as the Austrian Canadian Mozart Society Scholarship. That same year she was accepted into the Banff Summer Masterclass program studying under Lise Daoust and Patrick Gallois. Following her studies at the Banff Centre, Nadia was invited to study at Worcester College in Oxford, England with the highly acclaimed flutist and teacher, Peter Lloyd. In 2005 Nadia was awarded third prize at the National Music Festival in Kamloops, B.C. and was awarded first prize at the Canadian Music Competition Nationals two years in a row.

Nadia has previously been a member of the Calgary Youth Orchestra and the Senior Academy program at Mount Royal College in Calgary, Alberta. She has performed with orchestras such as the Calgary Philharmonic Orchestra as both a soloist and a substitute on various occasions. From the years of 2008-2011 Nadia spent her summers performing with the Band of the Ceremonial Guard in Ottawa, Canada where from 2009-2011 she held the post of Musical Section Leader of the flute section. In the summer of 2011 Nadia was appointed to the position of Assistant Band Sergeant Major in which she acted as a musical director of the ensemble, conducting the band on regular Guard Mounts and on various musical engagements in the Ottawa area. Nadia holds a Bachelor of Music in Performance (University of Calgary 2008), a Bachelor of Education specializing in Music Education (McGill University 2016) and a Master of Music in Flute, Solo (McGill University 2011).

Nadia currently resides in Montreal, Q.C. where she performs with the 438 Tactical Helicopter Squadron Band in St Hubert and teaches music both privately and at Lower Canada College as the school’s Artist in Residence. In addition to her musical work and work in education, Nadia has a passion for physical activity and the outdoors. Despite a packed schedule, she still manages to compete on the Quebec climbing competition circuit as a member of Team Allez Up and competes in long distance triathlons during the summer with the Canadian Forces Long Distance Triathlon Team.

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