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Denise Parr-Scanlin Bio
Denise Parr-Scanlin

Denise Parr-Scanlin, D.M.A.


Office: Sybil B. Harrington Fine Arts Complex, Room 236
Email: dparr@wtamu.edu
Phone: 806-651-2852

Professional Profile

Denise Parr-Scanlin joined the music faculty in 1998 and is an associate professor of piano. She formerly taught at Mercer University Atlanta and the University of North Georgia. She earned the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin (piano studies with Anton Nel) and her Bachelor of Music and Master of Fine Arts degrees in piano performance are from the University of Georgia (piano studies with Despy Karlas). Additional study has been at the American Conservatory of Music in Fontainebleau, France where she was privileged to be in one of the last classes of private students of Nadia Boulanger. At the Tibor Varga Festival in Sion, Switzerland she studied piano with Clifton Matthews. As a recipient of the Harriet Hale Wooley Scholarship she spent a year in Paris, France working with Yvonne Loriod. There she appeared in recitals at the Fondation des Etats-Unis and at the American Church. Since 2006 she has been a member of the Artist Faculty of the Lutheran Summer Music Festival at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, and Luther College, Iowa.

Teaching and Related Service

Dr. Parr-Scanlin teaches applied piano, piano literature, and chamber music ensemble and directs the WTAMU Piano Festival. She is co-advisor for WT’s chapter of the Music Teachers National Association.

Research and Creative Activity

In addition to performing solo repertoire, Dr. Parr-Scanlin has a special interest in chamber music. She is the author of Beethoven as Pianist: a View Through the Early Chamber Music, her doctoral dissertation completed in 2005. Recent chamber music performances include the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with the Omega String Quartet and the Beethoven Quintet for Winds and Piano with members of the Movére Woodwind Quintet. An active adjudicator and performer, she served on an international panel of judges for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in 2009 and has been invited to return in 2014. In 2011-2012 she presented lecture recitals on works by Clara Schumann and Cécile Chaminade at the Athena Festival at Murray State University, Kentucky, and at the national conference of the Music Teachers National Association in Milwaukee, as well as at universities and community recital series in Texas, Illinois, Washington, and Oregon.

Dr. Parr-Scanlin served as Artist Faculty for the Lutheran Summer Music Festival and Academy 2006-2012 at Gustavus Adolphus College in Minnesota and Luther College in Iowa. She is featured on the Naxos recording of the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Samuel Jones with cellist Emmanuel Lopez and is a reviewer for Clavier Companion magazine. She served as an adjudicator for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in 2009 and 2014. Also, in 2014 she presented solo piano recitals and master classes in China, Taiwan, and Thailand, and in 2015, recitals in London and Paris.  Dr. Parr-Scanlin was a member of the WT Symphony quartet that won 3rd Prize in the Ernst Bacon Memorial Award for Performance of American Music in 2016.