It is with happiness for Sylvia Parker and her family, and sadness for her colleagues and students at the University of Vermont that we announce Mrs. Parker’s retirement.
Mrs. Parker arrived at UVM 41 years ago with a Master of Music degree from the University of Colorado and experience teaching in private studios and universities in this country and abroad.
She joined the UVM Department of Music faculty as an Adjunct Instructor and became Senior Lecturer in 2004. Mrs. Parker has consistently shared her love of music with students, audiences, and other musicians. She has taught courses in music theory and piano to student and colleague acclaim, and is responsible for teaching generations of musicians and music educators piano proficiency skills. Mrs. Parker’s contributions far exceeded the formal requirements of her position. She has served as departmental senator, area head, and frequent committee member. Her accompaniment of countless juries and recitals has enriched the experience of countless student performers!
In addition to accompanying, Mrs. Parker is also a dedicated performer and scholar. She has performed solo piano recitals and collaborative concerts with faculty and guest artists at UVM, nationally, and internationally. She has recorded two nationally published CDs of solo piano music, including Peasant Jewels, an album of Hungarian composer Béla Bartók's solo piano settings of authentic folk melodies. Mrs. Parker has published numerous papers in scholarly journals on various topics, most especially Bartók’s music. She has also presented papers at local, national, and international conferences, and has served for many years on the board of the Vermont Music Teachers Association.
We will truly miss Mrs. Parker's passion for music, teaching, and collaboration, as well as her leadership and organization of our annual Faculty Scholarship Concert. Her commitment to our students and our department has been truly remarkable. For a teacher who has only missed six days of work in her entire life, we know that she will find a way to keep busy in her well-deserved retirement! Very best wishes to you, Sylvia Parker!