Originally from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Flutist Dr. Lindsay Leach-Sparks enjoys a varied performance career in the US and abroad. Lindsay earned her Bachelors and Masters degrees from the Peabody Conservatory studying with Laurie Sokoloff. In 2004, she became the first person to graduate from the Piccolo Performance program at Peabody and shortly thereafter enrolled in the Royal Academy of Music in London, UK studying modern flute with Clare Southworth, early flutes with Lisa Beznosiuk, and piccolo with Patricia Morris. She finished her European studies at the 2005 Académie International d’Eté de Nice, France with Philippe Bernold. In addition, she has studied as a scholarship student with Robert Langevin at the Orford Arts Centre, Orford, Canada, Mark Sparks at the Aspen Music Festival, Aspen Colorado, and Marina Piccinini at the Peabody International Flute Masterclass, Baltimore, Maryland.
An avid orchestral musician, Lindsay has performed under the batons of David Zinman, James Conlon, André Previn, Gustav Meyer, David Robertson, Edward Polochick, Lan Shui, Maris Jansens, Edward Cumming, Murry Sidlin, Charles Jones Evans, and Josep Caballé-Domenech in groups such as the Moscow Ballet Orchestra, the Opera Carolina, the Aspen Music Festival Orchestra, the Amadeus Orchestra and Chorus in the UK, and the Peter Maxwell Davies Ensemble of the Royal Academy of Music. She currently holds the second flute position with the Long Bay Symphony.
Lindsay has performed in recitals in North America, Europe, and Asia. As a soloist, she has been featured with the Fayetteville Symphony Orchestra, the Moore County Wind Symphony in the Carolinas, and with CCM Atrium Concert Series ensembles. Lindsay has been honored in the 2008 and 2005 Jean-Pierre Rampal International Flute Competitions in Paris, the 2007 Maxence Larrieu International Flute Competition in Nice, France, and the National Flute Association 2012 Young Artist Competition. In the spring of 2010, Lindsay performed as one of two American representatives to the 2nd Beijing Nicolet International Flute Competition in China.
Lindsay has recently finished her Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati. She is currently Adjunct Online Professor at Rutgers University and Instructional Leader for the Music Department of the North Carolina Virtual Public School. Her previous appointments include the Professor of Flute at the College of Mount St. Joseph in Cincinnati, the University of North Carolina at Pembroke and Methodist University in Fayetteville, North Carolina. She is a recipient of the PEO Scholar Award as well as the North Carolina Arts Council's Regional Artist Grant (funding from the state of North Carolina and local arts councils in Cumberland, Lee, Moore, New Hanover, Harnett and Richmond counties), through which she has had the opportunity to produce her first solo flute CDOne of a Kind with London-based pianist Philip Richardson.