Oboist Dr. Andrew W. Parker is currently the Assistant Professor of Oboe and Director of Summer Music Camps for the Michael and Anne Greenwood School of Music at Oklahoma State University. He has performed throughout the United States and internationally at some of the world’s most prestigious concert halls including Carnegie Hall, Lincoln Center, The Kimmel Center, The Long Center, Texas Performing Arts, The Peace Center, Seoul Performing Arts Center, Symphony Space NYC, and Westchester Performing Arts Center, along with many others.
Dr. Parker previously held the position of Lecturer in Oboe and Music Technology at Brevard College, was the Woodwind and Brass coach for the Greenville County Youth Orchestra, and taught privately for numerous school districts in Texas, Connecticut, and North Carolina. He is a sought after educator and has been invited to give master classes, reed-making seminars, career development workshops, and recitals at the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, Central Washington University, Arkansas State University, Middle Tennessee State University, and the Usdan Center for Performing and Visual Arts, among other colleges and high schools around the United States. Dr. Parker has also been a guest artist performer and chamber music instructor at the Wellesley College Composers Conference and Chamber Music Festival.
As an avid orchestral and chamber musician, Dr. Parker has held positions with the Greenville Symphony Orchestra, Spartanburg Philharmonic, Hendersonville Symphony Orchestra, and the Brevard Philharmonic. He has performed with the Asheville Symphony Orchestra, Austin Symphony Orchestra, Amadeus Chamber Orchestra, Round Rock Symphony Orchestra, Temple Symphony, Atlantic Music Festival Orchestra, Symphony Space All-Star Orchestra, and Le Train Blue New Music Ensemble, along with performances in Seoul, Korea with Symphony S.O.N.G (Symphony Orchestra for a New Generation). Dr. Parker has also made solo appearances performing Copland's Quiet City with New York City based chamber orchestra Ensemble Du Monde and Mozart’s Oboe Concerto with the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra of New York.
Along with his teaching and performing engagements, Dr. Parker has worked extensively in Arts Administration focusing his efforts on arts education. Most recently, he was the Artistic Administrator for the Brevard Music Center, Managing Director of the Yale Philharmonia and New Music New Haven Ensemble, and Orchestra Manager for the Atlantic Music Festival.
Dr. Parker received his Bachelor of Music degree from the SUNY Purchase Conservatory of Music, Master of Music from the Yale School of Music, and Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Texas at Austin. He has attended numerous summer festivals including the Texas Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Brevard Music Center Festival and Institute, Atlantic Music Festival, and the Roundtop International Music Festival. His major teachers have been Rebecca Henderson, Stephen Taylor, Humbert Lucarelli, Johnathan Blumenfeld, and Valerie Sulzinski. He has concurrently participated in master classes with Robert Botti, Richard Woodhams, Louis Rosenblat, Robert Atherholt, Ann Leek, Eric Ohlsson, Ashley Mary Barrett, Adam Dinitz, and Jason Lichtenwalter.