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Linda Parr

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Instructor, SFA Music Preparatory Division, Piano

Former Adjunct Faculty, Piano

  • M.M., Piano Performance, Kent State University (1979)
  • B.M., Piano Performance, Kent State University (1972)
Linda Parr is from Northeast Ohio and earned the Bachelor of Music and Master of Music degrees in piano performance from Kent State University. Additional piano study was at the College-Conservatory of Music at the University of Cincinnati and at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria. Teachers included Violet Todd, Frederic Schoettler, Noel Flores and Tung Kwong-Kwong.

A duo-pianist with husband Andrew Parr, Mrs. Parr has been an accompanist for many vocal and instrumental recitals and has played in master classes of Josef Gingold, Yo-Yo Ma and Gerard Souzay,. She served as a chamber pianist for the Cleveland Orchestra’s summer Blossom Music Festival at Kent State University and performed in Cleveland, Pittsburgh, Columbus, Washington, D. C., and New York City for the Si-Yo Young Artists Series. At the Cleveland Institute of Music in a performance of the Dvorak Piano Quintet, music critic Robert Finn wrote of her playing "…the performance took on a colorful and brilliant cast. Tempos were swift as can be… Parr was again an assertive pianist, making her colleagues work to match her sound and style." The Arlington Daily News reported in a collaborative recital with cellist Stephen Pelkey that, "….Parr, whose solid technique was coupled with a vibrant sound suffused with color, played with authoritative confidence and considerable flair." Mrs. Parr also appeared with the Harrington String Quartet and with artists Kenneth Goldsmith, Isidor Saslav, Elbert Pruitt, Terry King, Raphael Sanders, John Goodall, Charles Gavin and Nathan Nabb in the Chamber Music in the Pines summer festival, and more recently in a trio with cellist Misha Quint. For ten years, she was a pianist with the Sylvan Chamber Ensemble (violinist Isidor Saslav, cellist Paul Christopher and husband-pianist Andrew Parr), a Texas Commission on the Arts touring group. Performances included duos, trios, quartets of great composers, all-Rachmaninoff, Ravel and Brahms programs, children's concerts, and the Beethoven Triple Concerto with the Longview Symphony and Orchestra of the Pines. Parr performed in concerts sponsored by the Longview Symphony with violinist Jennifer Dalmas in “The Three Concertmasters” and with Dalmas and cellist Evgeni Raychev in a piano trio concert at the Belcher Center at LeTourneau University.

Mrs. Parr joined the piano faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University in 1986. Also a piano instructor since 1983 and past Associate, Co-Director and Director of the SFA Music Preparatory Division, she was instrumental in helping the Division gain associate membership in November 1993 as the first school in Texas accredited by the National Guild for Community Arts Education. Mrs. Parr assisted with the development of SFA’s Bachelor of Music degree in Piano Performance with Pedagogy Emphasis and Piano Pedagogy certificate program, and was Director of a Community College Keyboard Conference hosted by SFA in 2002. She has served as a guest teacher-clinician at Sam Houston State University, SMU’s Institute for Young Pianists, the First International Piano Institute in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic, at InterHarmony International Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, and the SFA Piano in the Pines summer piano camp.

Parr is a member of the national music honor society Pi Kappa Lambda, NGPT, and has been a Nacogdoches Symphony Club member since 1985. With MTNA, Parr has served as President, Vice-President, Student Affiliate Chair and Secretary for the local MTA in Nacogdoches; she has served as an adjudicator for TMTA District and State piano performance contests as well as many other festivals and competitions throughout the state. As a previous Faculty Adviser for SFA’s Collegiate Student Chapter, Mrs. Parr travelled to the MTNA National Conference in Minneapolis to receive the national Student Chapter of the Year award for their outstanding service in 1999.