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Parker's Music to Be Played at Kennedy Center

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Arkansas Tech University faculty member Philip Parker will hear music that he composed performed by members of the National Symphony Orchestra at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C., on Friday, May 18.

Parker was one of three music education professionals in the nation selected in 2009 to compose a chamber work as part of the National Symphony Orchestra American Residency program.

Three years later, Parker will be in the audience when members of the National Symphony Orchestra (NSO) perform his brass quintet piece at 5 p.m. (Central Time) on Friday, May 18, during the Citibank Classical Night NSO Prelude at the Kennedy Center.

There will be a live broadcast of the performance courtesy of the Kennedy Center at

Parker has served on the Arkansas Tech faculty since 1977. He holds the rank of associate professor of music.

"I'm a percussion teacher more than a composer," said Parker when chosen for the award. "It's always been something I enjoy when I have the spare time. For me, it's all about fun."

A past composer-in-residence for the Fort Smith Symphony, Parker's awards have included an Arkansas Arts Council fellowship, two prizes from the National Flute Association and the Arkansas Tech Excellence in Scholarship award.

Parker won second prize in the 2009 College Orchestra Directors Association (CODA) International Composition Contest at Baylor University in Waco, Texas.

A graduate of Wichita State University and Indiana University, Parker teaches applied percussion, music history, music theory and composition at Arkansas Tech. 

Click here to learn more about the Arkansas Tech Department of Music.