Meet Our Pros

 

JOAN SPARKS

A performing flutist for most of her professional life, Joan Sparks opened The Flute Pro Shop in 2009 to realize her passion for helping fellow musicians find their own musical voice. She holds music degrees from the University of Delaware and Temple University, where she studied with the legendary Murray Panitz. She has been a frequent substitute performer with the Philadelphia Orchestra, 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, Joan founded the flute and harp duo SPARX in 1986, and the duo has enjoyed both national and international acclaim. Through all this activity, Joan has maintained a thriving private studio, earning the Music Teacher's National Association's highest designation of Master Teacher. "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."

 

 



KRISTEN MICHELLE

Kristen Michelle is a life-long musician and flutist.  Her talent was recognized early and she progressed rapidly in her studies with Joan Sparks until an injury curtailed her development as a flutist.  Kristen earned a degree in graphic arts, working in that field for many years.  Her love of fashion led her to pursue a career as a make-up artist, and she quickly rose to the highest ranks in that field, travelling to New York, Miami, Milan, and Paris for those cities’ respective Fashion Weeks.  But Kristen never lost her love of music and the flute, and a chance meeting with Joan led to her current position as Assistant Director of Sales for Flute Pro Shop.  “One of the reasons l loved make-up was the transformation that occurred and the joy people felt when they saw the final result.  It is the same feeling with assisting clients in finding the perfect flute-they find a new voice.  It is deeply meaningful and an honor to be part of the process.”  The stunning graphics and photos found on fluteproshop.com are all due to Kristen.