Parker will lead congregational song in: “Wondrous Love: A Service of Hymns for Communion.”
Parker began composing music early and wrote her first orchestral score while still in high school.
She graduated from Smith College with a major in music performance and composition before receiving her master’s degree from the Juilliard School, where she studied choral conducting with Robert Shaw. Her lifework has been in choral and vocal music, combining composing, conducting and teaching in a creative balance.
Parker’s arrangements with Shaw of folk songs, hymns and spirituals form an enduring repertoire for choruses all around the world. She continues composing in many forms, from operas to cantatas, sacred anthems to secular dances, song cycles to string quartets.
She has been commissioned by such groups as the Vancouver Chamber Chorus, the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, and Chanticleer.
Founder and artistic director of Melodious Accord, her nonprofit organization, Parker believes deeply in the possibility of accord rather than discord in the lives of people who sing together. She delights in sharing her joy of singing and unleashing the discovery of the musical potential in us all.