Conductor NATHANIEL F. PARKER is Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Marywood University. At Marywood, he serves as Music Director and Conductor of the Marywood Orchestra and teaches courses in conducting, instrumental methods, and musicology.
He has led numerous performances with professional and student orchestras in the United States, including the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (MI), the Firelands Symphony Orchestra (OH), the Michigan State University orchestras, the Bowling Green State University (OH) orchestras, and the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra, and has conducted professional orchestras in Russia, Poland, and the Czech Republic. In addition to the symphonic canon, his conducting repertoire includes complete opera and musical theatre productions, Pops and educational programs, contemporary compositions, and chamber music.
Prior to his appointment at Marywood, Dr. Parker held the positions of Assistant Conductor and Production Manager of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra, Music Director and Conductor of the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School, and Graduate Conducting Intern at Michigan State University. Other previous positions include Music Director and Conductor of the Mason Orchestral Society’s Community Orchestra and Youth Symphony (MI), Assistant Director of Music at Xaverian High School (NY), Conductor of the New Music Festival of Sandusky Orchestra (OH), and Graduate Assistant Conductor and Teaching Assistant at Bowling Green State University.
Parker received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University, where his primary instructors were Leon Gregorian and Raphael Jimenez. He received a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Bowling Green State University (OH), where he studied with Emily Freeman Brown; his other conducting mentors include Stephen Osmond, Gary W. Hill, and Timothy Russell. In addition to his training in academia, Dr. Parker participated in numerous conducting masterclasses and workshops in the United States, England, Russia, Poland and the Czech Republic; he conducted orchestras under the tutelage of nationally and internationally renowned conductors and conducting pedagogs including Christoph Eschenbach, George Hurst, Rodolfo Saglimbeni, Leonid Korchmar, Peter Gribanov, Christopher Zimmerman, David Hoose, Kirk Trevor, Mariusz Smolij, and Paul Vermel. Parker began his collegiate education at Arizona State University, where he studied bassoon with Jeffrey G. Lyman and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance.
Dr. Parker has been the recipient of numerous honors, awards, and scholarships, including graduate assistantships from Michigan State University and Bowling Green State University, a full tuition waiver from Arizona State University, the 1999-2000 Arizona State University Outstanding Undergraduate in Music History/Theory/Composition Award, the Miles Dreskall Memorial Award for outstanding service to the ASU Symphony Orchestra, ASU Friends of Music scholarships, the Mildred McCrystal Memorial Scholarship, the Sally Kirner Memorial Scholarship, the Clay H. Blanke and Roberta Wood Blanke Scholarship, the Louise Kerr Endowment, and a music technology project grant from the ASU Institute for Studies in the Arts. Additionally, he was named a finalist for the 2009-2010 Conducting Fellowship with the New World Symphony (FL).
A native of Sandusky, Ohio, Nathaniel Parker is a member of the Conductor’s Guild, the League of American Orchestras, the College Music Society, MENC, the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association, and the Society for American Music. His areas of musical interest include concert music of the United States, the Americas, and twentieth-century Russia, contemporary composition, conducting pedagogy, and musicology.
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