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David ParksMusicDavid Parks
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.

Research Focus

  • Vocal performance
  • Vocal pedagogy
  • Voice studio technology


University of Arizona
D.M.A, Voice Performance/Vocal Pedagogy, 1983

University of Michigan
M.M., Voice Performance, 1981

Westminster Choir College
B.M. Ed., Music Education Choral/ Voice, 1977