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Phi Kappa Phi

Craig B. Parker

Chapter Artist Award, presented April 2005

Mike Haddock presenting the
Artist Award to Craig Parker.

We are very pleased to present the 2005 Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award in Fine Arts, Creative Arts, Graphic and Visual Arts, and/or the Performing Arts to Dr. Craig B Parker, Associate Professor of Music in the Department of Music.

Dr. Parker received a Bachelor of Music in trumpet performance from the University of Georgia and obtained both his M.A. and Ph.D. in historical musicology from the University of California, Los Angeles.  He has also completed post-doctoral study at both the University of Michigan and Harvard University.

Dr. Parker is the author of several major original compositions which have been publicly performed, including: The Manhattan Rag for horn quartet or horn choir, Three Miniatures for clarinet and piano, Sonata for bassoon and piano, Nocturne for trumpet and piano, and The Glass Menagerie song cycle for mezzo soprano and piano, words by Henry Gibson.  He has been featured in both solo and ensemble recordings.  These commercial recordings include Ted Shreffler's Homophonium I on Chrome Arts Records, a CD with Robert Edwards of Peter Eben's Windows for trumpet and organ which has been broadcast on the National Public Radio program Pipedreams, and as a member of the Composers Brass Quintet background music for Spaceship Earth and the Canadian Pavilion at EPCOT in Orlando, Florida which has been played daily since 1980.  He has performed with the Long Beach Symphony Orchestra, the Spoleto (Italy) Festival Orchestra, the American Wind Symphony Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and the Los Angeles Rams Band, to name but a few.

Dr. Parker has published journal articles, book chapters, scholarly editions, and a large number of reviews.  Since 1993, he has served as the recording reviews editor for the journal American Music.  He has presented and performed at numerous prestigious conferences, both in the U.S. and in Canada, Australia, Ireland, and Belgium.  He has received research grants and a number of special grants to support music festivals and guest lectures.

Dr. Parker has been initiated into the honor societies of Phi Beta Kappa, Phi Kappa Phi, Phi Kappa Lambda, and Phi Eta Sigma.  In 1973-74, he was a recipient of a national Phi Kappa Phi graduate fellowship. Dr. Parker is a member of the American Musicological Society, the College Music Society where he has served as President of the Great Plains Chapter, the International Trumpet Guild, the Music Teachers National Association, and the Society for American Music.

Dr. Parker is a past recipient of the Kansas State University William L. Stamey Award for Excellence in Undergraduate Instruction and served as the K-State Director of Graduate Studies in Music from 1991-1999. A colleague writes that Craig's "classroom teaching is the standard by which other classroom teaching is judged in the Kansas State University graduate program in music".

It gives us great pleasure to present the 2005 Phi Kappa Phi Artist Award to Dr. Craig Parker.

The Artist Award criteria:

  1. Quality of accomplishments in
    the nominee's field of the arts
  2. Achievements of regional,
    national and/or international
    scope (exhibits, performances,
    publications, grants, etc.)
  3. Honors and other forms of
    recognition for excellence in
    artistic work