Parker Callister is a composer and multi-instrumentalist from Ithaca, NY and is currently based out of Rochester, NY. His music draws influence from rock, electronic, jazz and noise music while also operating in a contemporary music idiom. He has had his music performed by notable artists such as Erik Drescher, Peter Sheppard Skaerved, Lori Freedman as well as the Unheard//Of Ensemble, the Ithaca New Music Ensemble, the Peabody Symphony Orchestra, the Eastman Graduate Composers Sinfonietta, the Ithaca Graduate Percussion Trio, the ETHEL Quartet, Yarn/Wire, members of the Slee Sinfonietta, ECCE Ensemble, and ASKO/Schoenberg.
His primary mentors have included Ricardo Zohn-Muldoon, Michael Hersch, Evis Sammoutis, Carlos Sanchez-Gutierrez and Jorge Grossmann. He has received additional instruction in masterclasses and lessons from composers such as Chinary Ung, David Rakowski, Georg Friedrich Haas, Augusta Read Thomas, Jeffrey Mumford, Stefano Gervasoni, among others. Parker has received commissions from the Baltimore Integrated Arts Society, OSSIA New Music and the Music Educators of Lansing, NY. Having received his Bachelor’s in Music Composition from Ithaca College and his Master’s from the Peabody Institute, Parker is currently attending the Eastman School of Music to obtain his PhD in Music Composition.