Faculty - Sylvia Parker

Sylvia Parker

Sylvia Parker, Senior Lecturer
Piano, music theory, class piano

  • M.Mus. (Performance - Piano), University of Colorado
  • B.Mus. (Performance - Piano), University of Michigan
Contact information
Email:Sylvia Parker
Website: www.uvm.edu/~sbparker
F17 Office Hours

Music Building A302 | TR 8-8:30am; F 8-10:30am; & by appt

Sylvia Parker is Senior Lecturer of Music at the University of Vermont, where she teaches piano and music theory.

Parker performs frequently as piano soloist and ensemble player in Vermont, nationally and internationally. She has played numerous recitals and concertos of traditional repertory, and enjoys a special interest in music of the twentieth century and beyond. She performs new works by American composers in this country and abroad. She accompanies faculty and student concerts at UVM and has served as official accompanist for Music Teachers National Association competitions.

She presents papers, master classes, and lecture-recitals on a variety of topics, especially those relating music theory and performance and cross-cultural aspects in classical music. Venues include national and international conferences in sites such as Costa Rica, Spain, Thailand, and Korea, meetings of New England music teachers associations, nearby colleges and universities, town history gatherings, and local radio and television.

She has served as adjudicator for Vermont Music Teachers Association, Vermont Philharmonic Orchestra, Bay State (MA), Granite State (NH) and National Guild of Piano Teachers auditions. She is a member of College Music Society, Music Teachers National Association, Vermont Music Teachers Association, National Guild of Piano Teachers, New England Conference of Music Theorists, and Society for Music Theory.

Published works: Parker's recent CD entitled “Béla Bartók: Peasant Jewels” (2014) includes Bartók’s complete solo piano settings of authentic folk melodies. Her earlier CD entitled “Bartók, Griffes, Mozart and D. Scarlatti” (2006) features solo piano music as well.  Both are published by Centaur Records. Her journal publications include “Béla Bartók’s Other Microcosmos” in MTNA e-Journal (September 2014),  “Claude Debussy’s Gamelan” in College Music Symposium (2013), "A Riverton Retreat: Royal Charter to State Forest" in Vermont History (Winter/Spring 2010), “Béla Bartók's Arab Music Research and Composition” in Studia Musicologica (2008), “Understanding Sonata Form through Model Composition,” in Journal of Music Theory Pedagogy (2006), and “Bartók at the Crossroads: A Classical Sonatina from Five Rumanian Folk Dances,” in College Music Symposium (2003).

2015 News

Faculty Directory

D. Thomas Toner, Department Chair
Paul Asbell, Jazz Guitar
Steve Blair, Jazz Harmony
Joe Capps, Jazz Guitar
Nadine Carpenter, Oboe
Adrian Carr, History
Tom Cleary, Jazz Piano
Sarah Cullins, Voice
Amber deLaurentis Cleary, Jazz Voice
Melissa Dickerson, Voice
Steve Ferraris, Djembe
David Feurzeig, Theory
Anne Janson, Flute
Patricia Julien, Theory, Jazz
Steve Klimowski, Clarinet
Yutaka Kono, Orchestra
Matt LaRocca, Piano, Theory
John Mantegna, Guitar
Brian McCarthy, Saxophone

Andrew Moroz, Jazz Trombone
David Neiweem, Voice, Choirs, Organ
Natalie Neuert, Arts Management
Paul Orgel, Piano
Sylvia Parker, Piano, Theory
Stuart Paton, Taiko Drumming
Suzanne Polk, Cello
Evelyn Read, Violin/Viola
Patricia Riley, Music Ed.
Chris Rivers, Wind Ensemble
John Rivers, Jazz Bass
Lori Salimando-Porter, trombone
Jeff Salisbury, Drums
Wayne Schneider, History
Heidi Soons, Harp
Clyde Stats, History
Alex Stewart, Jazz
Emily Taubl, Cello
Joshua Thompson, Horn
William Tilley, Bass
D. Thomas Toner, Band, Percussion
Ray Vega, Trumpet, Jazz
Jason Whitcomb, Trumpet
Zach Williamson, sound production
Julie Wolfe, bassoon