Brian Parks is Organist and Associate Director of Music at Marietta First United Methodist Church and a Fellow of the American Guild of Organists. At Marietta First, he runs the training for the church’s Voice for Life program, the central curriculum of the Royal School of Church Music. In addition, he directs the Carol Choir (1st-2nd grades) and is assistant director and organist for the Chapel Choir (6th-12th grade). Previously, he served UCC churches in Connecticut as organist/choirmaster.
His present work includes two significant administrative projects: the replacement of Marietta First’s current pipe organ (Reuter Op. 1517, 1966) with a new sanctuary pipe organ by Glatter-Götz (of Pfullendorf, Germany), currently in production and slated for installation in Spring 2020. He is also Transportation Coordinator for the 2020 (Biennial) National Convention of the American Guild of Organists, to be held in Atlanta Georgia. Musically speaking, he is following recent 2018 organ and harpsichord concerts in churches in Köln and Oberkassel and at Kunsthalle Düsseldorf with an album project on the TAL label. With computer musician Philip Schulze, he is a featured performer at the Approximation Festival in Düsseldorf (October 2019) and is slated to tour Germany and France in May 2020 in support of the TAL Records album release.
Brian has taught music performance in schools (Montessori School of Greater Hartford, Paideia School), music history, theory, and harpsichord in colleges (Naugatuck Valley Community College, Wesleyan University), and maintains a studio of organ/harpsichord and composition students. He has given scholarly papers and demonstrations at Oxford University, Emory University, Conservatoire de Lille, the 2014 American Guild of Organists National Convention, the World Piano Pedagogy Conference, and IRCAM, and has served on panels at the Northeast Chapter of SEM and the La Leche League Conference of Connecticut. He has given organ concerts in France, Germany (2011, 2018, 2019), and at festivals in the United States, and has served as organist for Christian and Jewish liturgies in churches and synagogues throughout the states, spanning eight denominations. He is co-director of Quadratum, an auditioned early music and experimental choral group begun in 2012 focusing on unaccompanied vocal music of the 15th, 16th, and 21st centuries, and Ghanaian drumming and singing. He can be heard playing virginal on Weisser Westen’s self-titled album (2013, Apparent Extent), Michael Winter’s Lower Limit (2017, New World Records), and on The Uncertainty Music Series 2007-2017 compilation album.