Faculty & Staff

Dr. Patricia Parker

Piano | Vocal Accompanying

Adjunct Faculty 
  • Piano
  • Vocal Accompanying
  • 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 from the University
of Michigan, studying with Marian Owen and Eugene Bossart. During her work at
Michigan, she received the three prestigious awards awarded to pianists by the School of

She subsequently enrolled in the special studies program at The Juilliard School of Music
where she worked 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.

Dr. 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.

Recognized by the Tallahassee Democrat a performer who “makes poetry with her playing,
Parker 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. She has been active nationally and internationally in playing and lecturing on
the music of women composers, giving 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 a member of the Northern
Virginia Music Teachers Association. Since moving to the Manassas area in 2002, she
has accompanied in a number of private voice studios in the Fairfax area and has worked
with many choral and symphonic groups in northern Virginia and Maryland. She is
presently a member of the piano faculty at George Mason University and is active as an
accompanist in voice studios of the school. She maintains a coaching and
teaching studio in her home.

Chamber appearance include the Millennium Stage of Kennedy Center and the National Gallery
of Art as well as frequent appearances with GMU faculty members.

Contact Dr. Parker: paxpark@comcast.net