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Andrew Parr

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Professor, Piano

  • B.M., Piano Performance, Kent State University (1974)
  • M.M., Piano Performance, Kent State University (1979)
  • M.M.A, Piano, Yale University (1983)
  • D.M.A., Piano, Yale University (1987)
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. At Yale, 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 performances of Beethoven’s Piano Concerto No. 4 in G Major with the Ft. Worth Chamber Orchestra, the Aaron Copland Piano Concerto with the Belgrade Philharmonic in the former Yugoslavia, and Chopin’s Concerto No. 2 in F Minor on tour with the San Antonio Symphony. Other concerto appearances have included Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, Brahms’s Concerto No. 2 in B-flat, Beethoven’s Choral Fantasy, Op. 80, Mendelssohn’s Concerto No. 1 in G Minor, Mozart’s Concerto for Two Pianos, K. 365, Beethoven’s Triple Concerto, Op. 56, and Gerald Finzi’s Ecologue.

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 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. On several occasions he has been nominated by the Houston Forum, the Kingwood/Humble, and the Houston Independent Music Teachers Associations for Collegiate Teacher of the Year for the state of Texas. He has presented programs for TMTA associations throughout Texas and in 2001 presented at the TMTA State Convention in Austin.

In recent years Parr has continued to present guest recitals and master classes at universities throughout Texas, regionally, and internationally in venues such as Hong Kong. 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. He was invited in Summer, 2013 to join the piano faculty at the Vienna Piano Academy in Vienna, Austria. In Summer, 2015 he helped to create the International Piano Camp for students in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic. In Summer 2016 he is on the artist faculty of the Interharmony Music Festival in Arcidosso, Italy, and in November, 2016 on the jury of the Second International Iberoamericano Competition for Young Pianists in Santo Domingo.