Join us for a delightful evening of American folks songs, spirituals and hymns with renowned composer, teacher and arranger Alice Parker. The concert will feature classic compositions original arrangements and by Parker, as well as arrangements created with her long time collaborator Robert Shaw. The program will also include works of Ron Nelson and Moses Hogan, as well as newer arrangements by rising composer Kevin Siegfried. Alice Parker will lead a “not to be missed” pre-concert Community Sing (for ticket holders) at 4:15 pm.
Parker will also conduct a choral workshop, Bringing Melody to Life, for composers, conductors, teachers, and singers at 1:30 pm. » Learn more
About Alice Parker
Alice Parker received professional training successively as a composer, conductor and teacher. Her work is founded on the interaction of these fields, and their extension into writing, theorizing and mentoring. It is founded upon the conviction that music is first and foremost sound, and that a paper diagram is a very imperfect medium for its transmission.
Vocal sound comes from human throats, and is infinitely variable. An inner vision of those sounds is necessary before one can evoke them through composing or performance. She knows that wonderfully musical sounds can come from amateur as well as professional singers, from children as well as adults, and from churches, schools and family groups.
Her over fifty years’ experience in teaching has given her the ability to express her ideas in clear and memorable language. Her love of poetry and of the lyric line in both words and songs undergirds her understanding. She has identified techniques which work for composers, performers and teachers, and inspires any group which works with her into wonderfully musical, expressive and communicative singer.
As Artistic Director of Melodious Accord, Alice Parker’s artistic vision and leadership is at the foundation of the organization’s activities.
The National Presbyterian Church
4101 Nebraska Ave NW
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