Vera Parkin

 

Adjunct Professor of Piano and Collaborative Piano

Vera ParkinVera Parkin has performed as a keyboardist in the St. Louis Symphony since 1987, participating in recordings, Carnegie Hall tours, Discovery and Pulitzer series contemporary concerts, and many Community Partnerships outreach concerts. In addition to experience as a Principal Keyboardist, she has worked in professional theatre and opera, is active as a pedagogue, arts administrator, chamber music and vocal coach, collaborative pianist, and teaches theory and composition. As Artistic Director of the Webster University Community Music School Preparatory Program, she supervises the region's most advanced young musician. This work continues in the summer as Director of Student Life at the Innsbrook Institute and Festival. She received the BM and MM in Piano Performance from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville; undergraduate studies at Northwestern University; doctoral work at Washington University. Her teachers have included Gui Mombaerts, Ruth Slenczynska, and Seth & Maryse Carlin. She is a former Artist Presentations Society winner, former Principal Keyboardist with the Illinois Symphony, and extra keyboardist with the Memphis Symphony.