Ms Sparks comes to Tennessee from Dearborn, Michigan. Phyllis holds Master and Bachelor Degrees in Music Performance from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She is a former member of the famous Mantovani Orchestra. Phyllis has worked as both a solo artist and accompanist for many notable artists such as Josh Groban, Natalie Cole, Ray Charles, Dolly Parton, Martina McBride, CeCe Winans, Donna Summer, Dennis DeYoung, Trey Anastasio and Kip Winger, just to name a few. Her recordings have received airplay on radio stations around the USA, Europe, Australia, Canada, and Asia. She currently records with the Nashville String Machine, Carl Gorodetsky, contractor.
She has performed on numerous studio recordings, movie soundtracks and in concert performances for a variety of gospel, pop, and classical artists. Her TPAC performances include The Producers, Camelot, Dream, The King & I, South Pacific, and Christmas Carol. Ms. Sparks played with the Nashville Symphony on their East Coast Carnegie Hall Tour and for the Amy Grant Christmas Tour. Her tours with the Mantovani Orchestra covered the continental United States, Canada, Japan and Korea.
Phyllis is currently the Harp, Flute, and Piano Instructor at Tennessee State University in Nashville,Tennessee. She has previously taught at Austin Peay State University, Western Kentucky University, and the University of Tennessee at Martin. Some of her Tennessee performances with orchestra include the Knoxville Symphony, Chattanooga Symphony, Memphis Symphony, the Nashville Chamber Orchestra and the Nashville Symphony. She is President of the Nashville Harp Society 2008-2014, Southern Regional Director of the American Harp Society 2012-present.
Contact Ms. Sparks
PA 286, (615) 963-5063