Kim and Carly Sparrow have been active in music performance and education for more than 25 years. They began The Sparrow Academy of Music as a way for serious young students to express their musical talents and skills through participation and performance in the SAM string orchestra and to apply their lesson materials in a serious format. With four years of rehearsal and 12 performances to date, the program is well-received and a tremendous experience for all who participate.
Kim (Sanders) Sparrow, a life-long resident of Lancaster, graduated from The Ohio State University with a Communications major and was First Chair in the University orchestra. She has taught violin since graduating and is known in the Lancaster and greater Fairfield County area for her high quality of teaching and performance skills. Currently, in addition to her private lesson schedule, Kim teaches and coordinates the strings program at Fairfield Christian Academy in Lancaster, Ohio.
Carly Sparrow was born and raised in rural Iowa. He began playing piano at age 13 and soon was performing as accompanist for his school system's choir programs. That experience is the basis for his inclusion of his piano students in the orchestra program. Carly graduated with a Piano Performance degree, minor in Computer Science, from Seattle Pacific University in Seattle, Washington. He performed as accompanist for the college choir, SPU Singers and directed 5 national tours with Living Faith, a summer promotional program of Central Christian College in McPherson, Kansas. Carly's busy schedule includes private piano lessons, serving as Treasurer and Administrator at Gloryland Nazarene Church and as Director of Operations at Envisual, Inc. - a visual and media communication studio in Westerville, Ohio.
Together, Kim and Carly have performed numerous seasonal concerts, provide either personal or student-coordinated music for weddings or other events in the Lancaster and greater Fairfield County area and enjoy their ability to instill the love of all styles of music in their students.