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Parker to Give Closing Keynote at RPMDA Convention
Mark Parker, dean of the Bass School of Music at Oklahoma City University, will be closing keynote speaker at the 34th annual convention of the Retail Print Music Dealers Association. Parkerís April 17 RPMDA address will discuss the importance of arts education in regaining and maintaining a competitive edge. RPMDA, a national trade organization of music dealers, track trends and issues involving printed sheet music. This yearís meeting is April 14-17 at the Renaissance Hotel in Oklahoma City. Parker, now in his 20th year at Oklahoma City University, specializes in building arts education partnerships between academia, business, and communities and across international borders. He is an authority on using technology to enhance creativity. Parker 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 Parker's leadership, Oklahoma City University's Bass School of Music doubled its size, became an all-Steinway School, the nation's first Conn-Selmer School, an Apple Digital Campus, and an Apple Training Center. Since its opening in 2006, the $38.5 million, 113,000-square-foot Bass Music Center has hosted artists and educators from around the world, ranging from the International Society of Bassists to the national Arts Education Partnership. The Bass School has partnership agreements with the Ignacy Jan Paderewski Academy of Music in Poland, the Tianjin Conservatory in China, and the Hed School: Israeli College of Contemporary Music in Yehud, Israel.