Webb Parker begins his tenure at the University of Maine in Fall 2018 as Assistant Professor of Music Education and Voice. Before coming to Maine, Dr. Parker was Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi were he also conducted the Southern Miss Women’s Chorus.
Active as a performer, clinician, and adjudicator, Dr. Parker is the former Chorus Master with Mississippi Opera and Southern Miss Opera and Musical Theater. He has held Artistic Director positions in Mississippi and Oregon and currently serves at Artist Director of the Bangor Area Children’s Choir and is Director of Music at St. John’s Episcopal Church.
As a clinician and adjudicator, Dr. Parker has traveled across the country working with choirs in Mississippi, Louisiana, Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, Oregon, Utah, Washington, and Pennsylvania. Dr. Parker has also presented his research at state, regional, and national conferences. Recently, he was featured in an interview published in Teaching Music about his research documenting the experiences of LGBTQ choral music teachers in the southern United States.
Dr. Parker is an avid supporter of music in our schools. Outside the University classroom and off the podium, he is most passionate about being in local schools, learning from teachers in the field, and connecting with communities through their school music programs.
If you would like Dr. Parker to visit your classroom, or you’d like to sit in on one of his classes or rehearsals at the University of Maine, please reach out! All are welcome!
Dr. Parker studied Church Music at Samford University in Birmingham, Alabama, Music Education at the University of Alabama, and holds a Ph.D. in Music Education and Choral Conducting from the University of Oregon.
Outside of music, Dr. Parker is an avid college football fan. He, and his partner Kevin, live in Bangor with their black lab mix, Murphy.