University of Vermont

Department of Music and Dance

Faculty - Alan Parshley

Alan Parshley

Alan Parshley, Lecturer
Horn, Wind Ensemble, music theory, class piano

  • M.M. (Performance - Horn), University of Wisconsin
  • B.A. (Performance - Horn and Piano), Olivet College
  • additional study at the Yale Summer School of Music and Art

Contact Information
Email: Alan Parshley

Fall 2015 office hours: M 3:15-4:00, T 2:30-3:30, W 9:30-10:30

Alan Parshley has been affiliated with the University of Vermont Department of Music and Dance since 1983. During that time, he has taught French horn, music theory, brass pedagogy, class piano, music appreciation, and conducted the Vermont Wind Ensemble. He is a long-time member of the horn sections of the Albany (NY) and Vermont Symphony Orchestras, beginning his tenure with the VSO in 1984 and the ASO in 1987, and is also Principal Horn of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra. He served as Principal Horn of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra for several seasons, and has performed with the symphonies of Springfield (Massachusetts), Portland (Maine), and with the orchestra for the Opera Theater of Middlebury and the Orchestra of Northern New York. As a member of Fanfare, the VSO Brass Trio, he introduced brass instruments to thousands of elementary school students throughout Vermont over a span of twenty five years. Among his many collaborative projects, probably the most notable was his performance with Phish, at their 1996 Halloween concert in Chicago. Prior to moving to Vermont, he was a member of the Kalamazoo (MI) Symphony, and toured extensively with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

A respected teacher of the horn, his studio has consistently produced nationally-recognized students. A founding member of the Pitten Music Festival, he traveled to Austria in the summer to teach, perform, and administer the festival for twenty years. He is also the founder and Director of the Green Mountain Horn Club, a large horn ensemble. The GMHC hosted the 2006 Northeast Horn Society workshop at the University of Vermont, presents concerts throughout Vermont, and has sponsored workshops and performances that have brought many of the nation's leading horn players to the area.

Alan graduated with honors from Olivet College in his native Michigan, where he studied horn and piano. His graduate work in horn was completed at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and he studied chamber music at the Yale University Summer School of Music and Art.

Groups accompanied: Vermont Symphony Orchestra and the Albany Symphony Orchestra, as well as with the Vermont Brass Quintet. With the Vermont Symphony Brass Trio. He also performed for several seasons as principal horn of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra in western Massachusetts. Prior to moving to Vermont he performed with the Kalamazoo Symphony, and completed two extensive tours with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

Faculty Directory

D. Thomas Toner, Department Chair
Paul Asbell, Jazz Guitar
Paul Besaw, Dance
Clare Byrne, Dance
Joe Capps, Jazz Guitar
Nadine Carpenter, Oboe
Tom Cleary, Jazz Piano
Selene Colburn, Dance
Sarah Cullins, Voice
Rick Davies, Trombone
Amber deLaurentis Cleary, Jazz Voice
Steve Ferraris, Djembe
David Feurzeig, Theory
Paula Higa, Dance
Gerald Lanoue, Bassoon
Anne Janson, Flute
Patricia Julien, Theory, Jazz
Steve Klimowski, Clarinet
Yutaka Kono, Orchestra
John Mantegna, Guitar
David Neiweem, Voice, Choirs, Organ
Paul Orgel, Piano
Sylvia Parker, Piano, Theory
Alan Parshley, Horn
Suzanne Polk, Cello
Evelyn Read, Violin/Viola
Patricia Riley, Music Ed.
John Rivers, Jazz Bass
Jeff Salisbury, Drums
Lynn Ellen Schimoler, Dance
Wayne Schneider, History
Heidi Soons, Harp
Clyde Stats, History
Alex Stewart, Jazz
William Tilley, Bass
D. Thomas Toner, Band, Percussion
Ray Vega, Trumpet, Jazz
Robert Wigness, Trombone
Michael Zsoldos, Saxophone