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Andrew Parr

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Professor, Piano

  • D.M.A., Piano, Yale University (1987)
  • M.M.A, Piano, Yale University (1979)
  • B.M., Piano Performance, Kent State University (1974)
Andrew Parr, a native of Northeast Ohio, began piano study at the age of five. He furthered his education at Kent State University, at the Hochschule für Musik und Darstellende Kunst in Vienna, Austria (as the recipient of a Fulbright Scholarship), and at Yale University, where he earned the Master and Doctor of Musical Arts Degrees. Among his teachers have been Claude Frank, Tung Kwong-Kwong, Noel Flores, Dieter Weber, Marcel Ciampi (in Paris, France) and Ward Davenny. Composer Aaron Copland said of Parr’s performance of his Piano Variations, “...He performed the work as though he had written it himself.”

Since moving to Texas in 1983 to join the faculty at Stephen F. Austin State University in Nacogdoches, Parr has performed extensively in solo, chamber and concerto settings. Some highlights have been a performance of Beethoven’s 4th Piano Concerto with the Ft. Worth Chamber Orchestra under John Giordano, a performance of the Aaron Copland Piano Concerto with the Belgrade Philharmonic in the former Yugoslavia, and a performance of Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F Minor on tour with the San Antonio Symphony. With the Longview Symphony he has been soloist in the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto and Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Op. 56 as part of the Sylvan Chamber Ensemble. He has also been featured soloist with the Orchestra of the Pines in Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F Minor, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80, Finzi’s Ecologue, and the Prokofiev 3rd Piano Concerto.

In 1991 Parr was invited to judge piano examinations in several cities throughout Taiwan and to teach in Seoul, Korea. For over ten years he was a member of the Sylvan Chamber Ensemble, a piano trio which was listed on the Texas Commission of the Arts touring roster, and he also performs in a duo-piano team with his wife, Linda Parr. At Stephen F. Austin State University, Parr was awarded the Teaching Excellence Award for the College of Fine Arts in 1994. In Spring of 1996, he was nominated by the Houston Forum Music Teachers Association and the Kingwood/Humble Music Teachers Association for Collegiate Teacher of the Year for the state of Texas. He has presented programs for associations throughout Texas and in 2001 at the TMTA State Convention.

In recent years Parr has presented guest recitals at many universities in Texas and neighboring states, as well as in Chicago, Illinois. In May 2009, Dr. Parr presented the lecture “The Eastern European Frederic Chopin; Rhythmic Aspects of Chopin’s Mazurkas” at the European Piano Teachers Association Conference, held in Novi Sad, Serbia. In June, 2013 he was invited to be on the faculty of the Vienna Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria.