Dr. Patricia Parker

                Dr. Patricia Parker


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Adjunct Faculty

Teaching Positions:
  • Applied Secondary Piano
  • B.M., M.M. Piano Performance University of Michigan
  • D.M. Piano Performance Florida State University

Patricia Parker received her bachelors and masters degrees in piano performance from the University of Michigan where she studied with Marian Owen and accompanying coach, Eugene Bossart. During her work at Michigan, she received the three prestigious awards awarded to pianists by the School of Music.

She subsequently attended the special studies program at The Juilliard School of Music, working with Russian pianist and teacher Sascha Gorodnitzski, his assistant Herbert Stessin and Paul Makanovitsky with whom she studied chamber music. In 1988, she received her doctorate in piano performance from Florida State University where she studied with James Streem and Marilyn Neeley.

Parker has taught at the University of Southern Mississippi, Henry Street Settlement House in New York City and the summer academy at Interlochen, Michigan. She is professor emerita from Jacksonville State University where she taught piano, theory and form and analysis for over two decades. During her tenure at JSU, many students from her piano studio excelled, winning competitions and moving onto graduate work.

She has performed chamber music recitals in Russia, Eastern Europe and middle- eastern countries and has played frequently in the south as a piano soloist and a chamber musician. In the spring of 1995, she was chosen as one of twelve semi-finalists to participate in the International Beethoven Sonata competition.

She has been active nationally and internationally in playing and lecturing on the music of women composers and has given a number of lectures and workshops for such groups as The College Music Society and the Music Teachers National Association.

A long time member of MTNA, Dr. Parker is presently active in the Northern Virginia Music Teachers Association . Since moving to the Manassas area in December 2001, she has accompanied in the voice studios of Louise Urban, Leslie Luxemborg and Anne Hurley Cole in the Fairfax area and is presently on faculty at George Mason University, teaching piano and accompanying voice and string studios. She is the organist for Sydenstricker United Methodist Church in Springfield and has worked with the Georgetown Chorale, the Woodbridge Flute Choir, the Woodbridge Childrens Chorus and the Old Bridge Chamber Orchestra.

Dr. Parker is a performing member of the Friday Morning Music Club of Washington. She is married to Donald Paxton, a retired professor of economics, and has two grown daughters and two grandchildren.

To contact Dr. Parker via email: Dr. Patricia Parker