Craig Parker

Associate professor of music history, music

Craig B. Parker, associate professor of music history and music, has taught at Kansas State University since 1982 and has served as director of graduate studies in music since 1991. He teaches graduate and undergraduate music history and literature courses, and plays trumpet with the K-State Faculty Brass Quintet.

Parker' s research interests include music by Venetian composers of the late 16th and early 17th centuries, the music of Handel, the musicians associated with Sousa' s Band, music since 1945 — especially that of Edwin Gerschefski, Alan Hovhaness, Gunther Schuller, Nicolas Slonimsky, Joan Tower and Ellen Taaffe Zwilich — and brass music of all epochs.

He has published more than 40 articles and reviews in such scholarly journals as Ad Parnassum, American Music, Brass Bulletin, Bulletin of the Society for American Music, College Music Society Newsletter, College Music Symposium, Historic Brass Society Journal, International Trumpet Guild Journal, Newsletter of the Institute for Studies in American Music and the Sonneck Society Bulletin. He has delivered scholarly papers and performed at numerous regional, national and international conferences in Australia, Belgium, Canada, Croatia, Great Britain, Ireland, South Korea, Switzerland, Thailand and the United States.

In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the birth of John Philip Sousa, Parker presented lectures on "the March King" and his professional concert band in Australia, Great Britain, Kansas, Kentucky, Nebraska and Ohio. In fall 2004, Parker taught what was probably the first-ever graduate-level seminar devoted to the life and works of Sousa. In spring 2011, Parker taught an updated version of that seminar in recognition of the 100th anniversary of the round-the-world tour by Sousa's band.

Parker is currently president of the American Band History Interest Group of the Society for American Music. His recent conference presentations include lectures on "The Compositions of Nicolas Slonimsky" at the American Musicological Society Midwest Chapter annual spring meeting in spring 2010 and at the annual national conference of the College Music Society in fall 2010, and "East Asian Elements in the Compositions of Alan Hovhaness" at the annual College Music Society Great Plains chapter meeting in Omaha, Neb., in spring 2011.

Parker received the K-State chapter of Phi Kappa Phi's Artist Award in Fine Arts, Creative Arts, Graphic and Visual Arts, and/or the Performing Arts in 2005, the first musician to win this award. He is a recipient of the William L. Stamey Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching from K-State's College of Arts and Sciences. He also was honored in March 2011 with the Distinguished Service Citation from the Society for American Music in recognition of his sustained contributions to the society and its appreciation for nurturing our national music.

Formerly an associate editor of the International Trumpet Guild Journal, Parker was editor of the Recording Reviews column for the journal American Music, published by the University of Illinois Press, from 1993 to 2006.

He earned a bachelor's in trumpet performance from the University of Georgia, and a master's and doctorate in historical musicology from the University of California at Los Angeles. Parker also attended the Yale Summer School of Music and Art in 1972, and did postdoctoral work at the University of Michigan in 1984 and at Harvard University in 1991 on fellowships from the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Parker has been a member of the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, Spoleto (Italy) Festival Orchestra, Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, Composers Brass Quintet and many other symphonic and chamber groups. He is co-founder, director and solo cornetist with the Society for American Music Brass Band, an organization which specializes in the performance of 19th century American brass band music. His recording of Petr Eben's 1976 composition, "Windows for trumpet and organ," with Robert Edwards for Arnold Sound Recordings, has been featured on the Public Radio International show, "Pipedreams."

Parker maintains an active private studio of noncollegiate brass students. His former students have won three national solo competitions, placed second in national competitions four times, and have won honorable mention in three national solo competitions. His former private students perform with the Kansas City and Phoenix symphonies, as well as several regional orchestras.

Parker can be reached at 785-532-3810 or