Gregory Parker Department Chair, Applied Voice

Wilson Hall 4022
540.458.8854
parkerg@wlu.edu

Gregory Parker, Professor of Music and Chair of the Department of Music, joined the faculty of Washington and Lee University in 2013. Prior to this appointment, he taught on the faculties of Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC from 2004-2013, Southwest Baptist University in Bolivar, MO from 1994-2004, and Tarrant County College in Fort Worth, TX from 1992-1994.

As a baritone soloist, Dr. Parker has presented numerous recitals; appeared with opera companies in Birmingham, AL, Fort Worth, TX, Kansas City and Springfield, MO; and sung in many oratorio performances. He studied singing with Russell Hedger, Frank Stovall, Gustavo Halley, and James C. McKinney, author of The Diagnosis and Correction of Vocal Faults and a former president of the National Association of Teachers of Singing. Additionally, he has worked with internationally acclaimed pedagogues Horst Günter and Richard Miller.

As a choral conductor, Dr. Parker has led choirs on tours throughout the Mid-Atlantic Region as well as Israel, the Palestinian Territories, Egypt, France, Italy, and Ireland. He established the Masterworks Choral Series at Chowan University where he conducted choral-orchestral works by Bach, Beethoven, Handel, Haydn, Saint-Säens, Schubert, Thompson, and Vivaldi. He served as the Repertoire and Standards Chair for Jazz Choirs for the North Carolina Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association from 2009-2013. During that time, he compiled a Vocal Jazz Repertoire and Resource Guide that featured recommended repertoire and resource material from vocal jazz educators from across the nation. He has published articles in Ala Breve, the journal of the Alabama Music Educators Association, and WMEA Windsong, the journal of the Wyoming Music Educators Association.

He has served thirteen Baptist churches over the years as a minister of music. His denominational service includes teaching on the faculties of Missouri Baptist Church Music Week and the North Carolina Baptist Convention’s Music Week at Caswell. He conducted the Missouri Baptist All-State Youth Choir in 1996 and 1997 and the Southeast Missouri Regional Youth Choir in 1997. He was the guest clinician for the North Carolina Baptist Singers Retreats in 2011 and 2012, and guest-conducted the group in two concerts in 2012. He served on the Music Selection Committee of The Baptist Hymnal, 2008. In July 2014, he will direct the North Carolina Baptist All-State Youth Choir in its retreat and concert tour.

Dr. Parker holds the Bachelor of Music Education degree and the Performer’s Certificate in Voice from Samford University, the Master of Music degree from Southwestern Baptist Theological Seminary, and the Doctor of Musical Arts degree in voice performance from the University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory of Music. He is a member of Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Pi Kappa Lambda, Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, the National Association of Teachers of Singing, the American Choral Directors Association, and the Baptist Church Music Conference. He received the Faculty Newcomer of the Year Award from Southwest Baptist University in 1995 and the Excellence in Teaching Award from Chowan University in 2008.

He and his wife, Lori, reside in Lexington with their two children, Alex and Brianna, as well as two dogs, two cats, and a very old goldfish.