Symphony Ensemble Interim Director
A talented and dynamic musician, Nathaniel F. Parker has conducted professional orchestras in the United States, Peru, Russia, Poland, and the Czech Republic. Equally at home working with professionals and training future generations of musicians, Dr. Parker serves as Director of Orchestral Activities and Assistant Professor of Music at Marywood University in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where he is Music Director and Conductor of the Marywood University Orchestra and teaches courses in conducting, instrumental methods, musicology, and analytical techniques. His recent guest conducting engagements include appearances with the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (MI), the Connecticut Music Educators Association All-State Orchestra and the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association District 9 String Fest. Also an active scholar, Dr. Parker’s writings have been published by the Conductors Guild and the College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA).
He has presented research at the College Orchestra Directors Association’s national and international conferences and currently serves as editor of the Journal of the Conductors Guild. In March 2015 received a Citation of Excellence in Teaching from the Pennsylvania Music Educators Association. Prior to his appointment at Marywood Dr. Parker held the positions of Assistant Conductor and Production Manager of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra (Michigan), Music Director and Conductor of the Jackson Youth Symphony Orchestra, Director of the Jackson Symphony Orchestra Community Music School, and Graduate Conducting Intern at Michigan State University. Other previous positions include Music Director and Conductor of the Mason Orchestral Society’s Community Orchestra and Youth Symphony (Michigan), Assistant Director of Music at Xaverian High School (New York), Conductor of the New Music Festival of Sandusky Orchestra (Ohio), and Graduate Assistant Conductor and Teaching Assistant at Bowling Green State University (Ohio).
Parker earned a Doctor of Musical Arts in Orchestral Conducting from Michigan State University, where his primary instructors were Leon Gregorian and Raphael Jiménez. He earned a Master of Music degree in Orchestral Conducting from Bowling Green State University, where he studied with Emily Freeman Brown; his other conducting mentors include Stephen Osmond, Gary W. Hill, and Timothy Russell. In addition to his training in academia, Dr. Parker participated in numerous conducting master classes and workshops, conducting orchestras under the tutelage of nationally and internationally renowned conductors and conducting pedagogues including Christoph Eschenbach, George Hurst, Arthur Fagen, Markand Thakar, Mark Gibson, David Itkin, Jorge Mester, and Paul Vermel. Parker began his collegiate education at Arizona State University, where he studied bassoon with Jeffrey G. Lyman and graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Music degree in Bassoon Performance. Nathaniel resides in Scranton with his wife, Melody, their son, Jacob, and their dog, Sammy.