Patrick Parker

Highly regarded for interpretations of German Romantic composers, Patrick Parker has been hailed for his "excellent technique and musicality" and "strong rhythmic lines and expressive phrasing...superlative" (Classical Voice of North Carolina) and has been proclaimed "one of the nation's top rising stars of the organ world" (American Press).

Initially compelled by the music of J.S. Bach, Patrick established Houston Baroque (www.houstonbaroque.org) in 2014. Now in its third season,  Landmarks, Houston Baroque is a quintet of professional period instrumentalists and singers with occasional guests. The group recently released their debut album, My Soul Sees and Hears!, which features vocal chamber music and solo organ works by Buxtehude and Handel, on the Raven label.

Patrick was recently appointed Minister of Music and Organist at Episcopal Church of the Good Shepherd in Lake Charles, Louisiana. At Good Shepherd, Patrick leads an ambitious schedule of choral activities for adults and children, including monthly Evensong services and a concert series. This season's major works include Vivaldi's Gloria, Stainer's The Crucifixion, Britten's Rejoice in the Lamb, Vaughan Williams' Dona Nobis Pacem, and Fauré's Requiem.

In concert, Patrick is currently performing the complete organ works of Buxtehude, Liszt, and Messiaen. He has performed at major venues such as St. Thomas Church Fifth Avenue, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, and Grace Episcopal (New York City); St. Cecilia Cathedral (Omaha); Co-Cathedral and Christ Church Cathedral (Houston); Trinity Cathedral (Cleveland); Wells Cathedral (England); Nieuwe Kerke (Amsterdam); Auferstehungskirche and Michaeliskirche (Leipzig); and Michaeliskirche (Hamburg). His repertoire spans six centuries and ten nations, including the complete solo organ works of Bach, Brahms, van Eijken, Mendelssohn, Reincken, Reubke, and Schumann. His solo debut album will be a two-disc set of the complete organ works of van Eijken at St. Cecilia Cathedral in Omaha.

In 2015, Patrick resided in Leipzig and performed on historic organs throughout Europe. He holds degrees from Cleveland Institute of Music and University of North Carolina at Greensboro, and will soon hold the Doctor of Musical Arts in Organ Performance at University of Houston. He has served in various teaching roles at University of Houston, Baldwin-Wallace Conservatory, and Houston Community College. His perspective has been influenced by his teachers—Robert Bates, Matthew Dirst, and Todd Wilson—and especially by the great Messiaen interpreter, Jon Gillock.

Above all, Patrick is grateful for a life well spent in music of the highest caliber—the greatest musical thoughts which have been handed down from musician to musician over centuries, which he gets to recreate on a daily basis—music which has the power to comfort, heal, and sustain (www.patrickaaronparker.com).

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