|Vocal performance, Vocal pedagogy and Voice Studio Technology|
A longtime professor of voice in the college’s School of Music, David Parks is also an acclaimed tenor soloist in opera, oratorio, and recital.
As a teacher, he can speak with authority on vocal performance skills and audition techniques, maintenance of the vocal structure, ways to avoid straining the voice, and diet choices that enhance vocal performance. He is also expert on voice studio technology and the video and audio equipment used in vocal instruction.
As a performer, Parks has sung all the major tenor oratorio roles at venues in the United States and Europe, including the Spoleto Festival in Italy and the Mauerbach Music Festival in Vienna. He has performed leading roles in Puccini’s “La Boheme” and Mozart’s “Cosi fan Tutte” at South African venues, including the South African National Arts Festival. Among his international appearances is a solo performance in Mozart’s “Requiem Mass” with the Sarajevo Philharmonic in Bosnia-Herzegovina. He debuted at Carnegie Hall in 1995.
For 25 years David Parks has provided one-on-one voice instruction on:
• Voice projection
• Vocal resonation
• Posture for singing
• Breathing and air support for singing
• Vocal health
• Human anatomy related to singing
• Vocal performance skills
• General care of the vocal structure
• Vocal auditioning techniques
D.M.A, voice performance/vocal pedagogy, University of Arizona, 1983
M.M., voice performance, University of Michigan, 1981
B.M. Ed., music education choral/ voice, Westminster Choir College, 1977