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Parker to Lead Texas All-Regional Orchestra
Mark Parker, dean of the Wanda L. Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, continues his outreach as guest conductor, traveling to San Antonio Dec. 5-6 to lead the Texas All-Regional Orchestra. Parker, regional vice president of the National Association of Schools of Music, has been conducted dozens of all-star ensembles over three decades. He was appointed dean of the Bass School since 1995, and is in his 18th year as conductor of the Oklahoma City University Symphony Orchestra. Under his baton, the orchestra has presented numerous world premieres and been recognized by ASCAP and the American Symphony Orchestra League with a national Adventurous Programming Award. Parker took the orchestra on its precedent-setting six-city tour of China, representing the United States at the 2004 "Meet in Beijing" arts festival. He was the first academic dean in the world to be selected as an Apple Distinguished Educator, and is a frequent speaker and workshop leader here and abroad. Under his leadership, the Bass School of Music doubled its size, became an all-Steinway School, the nation's first Conn-Selmer School, and an Apple Digital Campus. Parker was Oklahoma's representative to the 2007 World Creativity Forum in Quingdao, where the state was declared an official world creativity district. In addition to several regional collaborations, the Bass School has partnership agreements with the American Academy of Dramatic Arts of New York and Los Angeles, the Tianjin Conservatory in China, the Hed School of the Israeli College of Contemporary Music; and Poland's I.J. Paderwski Academy of Music.