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Denise Parr-Scanlin Bio
Denise Parr-Scanlin

Denise Parr-Scanlin, D.M.A.

Professor

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. She formerly taught at Mercer University Atlanta and the University of North Georgia. Her Doctor of Musical Arts degree is 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 was 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. As a recipient of the Harriet Hale Wooley Scholarship, she spent a year in Paris, France as a piano student of Yvonne Loriod. There she appeared in recitals at the Fondation des Etats-Unis and at the American Church. From 2006 – 2012 she was a member of the Artist Faculty of the Lutheran Summer Music Academy and Festival at Gustavus Adolphus College, Minnesota, and Luther College, Iowa. Among her many festival performances were the Shostakovich Piano Quintet with the Omega String Quartet and the Quintet for Winds and Piano by Beethoven with members of the Movére Woodwind Quintet. She has presented lecture-recitals on works by Clara Schumann and Cécile Chaminade at the Athena Festival at Murray State University, Kentucky, at the national conference of the Music Teachers National Association, and at universities and community recital series in Washington, Oregon, Texas, and Illinois. In 2014 she presented solo piano recitals and master classes in China, Taiwan, and Thailand, and in 2015 performed in London on the Emmanuel International Recital Series in West Hampstead and in Paris at the Fondation des Etats-Unis.  An active adjudicator as well as performer, she served on an international panel of judges for the Hong Kong Schools Music Festival in 2009 and 2014 and has been invited to return in 2020.

Teaching and Related Service

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

Research and Creative Activity

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. She is featured on the Naxos recording of the Sonata for Cello and Piano by Samuel Jones with cellist Emmanuel Lopez. 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.