Bio

Nadia Sparrow began her musical training at the age of seven. Two years later she began her studies in flute. Nadia showed exceptional promise from a very early age and has been a consistent first place winner in music competitions across Canada. She has played for 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. She was accepted into the Banff Summer Masterclass program studying under Lise Daoust and Patrick Gallois in the summer of 2003. In the summer of 2004 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.

In 2006 she placed first in the 25 and under category at the Canadian Music Competition finals.  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. In April of 2008 Nadia graduated with a Bachelor of Music in Performance from the University of Calgary and in February of 2011 graduated with a Master of Music in Flute, Solo at McGill University under the direction of Timothy Hutchins.

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 Royal Vale High School. 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 as well participates in long distance triathlons during the summer.

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