Parker Ramsay

Parker Ramsay is known in the United States, Europe and Asia both as an accomplished soloist and accompanist. In 2014, Parker was awarded First Prize at the Sweelinck International Organ Competition in the Netherlands. He has performed in venues including the Concertgebouw in Amsterdam, Washington National Cathedral, Princeton University Chapel, the National Center for the Performing Arts in Beijing, and the Kimmel Center in Philadelphia. Festival appearances have included the Gergiev Festival in Rotterdam, the Dubrovnik Summer Music Festival, the Cambridge Summer Music Festival, the Cambridge New Music Project, the 800 Jahre Thomana Celebration in Leipzig, and the 2012 American Guild of Organists National Convention, premiering a newly commissioned work, Phos, by Diana Burrell.

Parker is currently pursuing a master’s degree in historical performance (organ and harpsichord) at Oberlin Conservatory. Prior to his arrival at Oberlin, he served as Organ Scholar at King's College, Cambridge (the first American selected for this prestigious position), serving under the direction of Stephen Cleobury, whilst undertaking undergraduate studies in history. His tenure as organ scholar included two international tours, four recordings, as well as numerous television and radio broadcasts, including the service of Nine Lessons and Carols on December 24, 2012. In addition to accompanying the choir of King’s College, Parker has also had the opportunity to play for the Royal School of Church Music America summer programs, and has accompanied choirs such as the Vienna Boys Choir and the Choir of Clare College, Cambridge. As an accompanist, Parker has also collaborated with conductors such as Simon Preston, David Hill, Tim Brown, Brian Kelly, Paul Trepte, Graham Ross and Sarah MacDonald.

A native of Nashville, Tennessee, Parker began harp study at age eleven with Carol McClure, Artistic Director of The Harp School (USA) and organ study at age twelve with Wilma Jensen, Music Director Emerita of St. George's Episcopal Church in Nashville. While studying in England, Parker studied organ with David Sanger and William Whitehead, and harp with Skaila Kanga and Isabelle Perrin. At the organ, he has participated in master classes with Ludger Lohmann, Olivier Latry, Peter Williams, Lorenzo Ghielmi and Jon Laukvik. He presently studies organ with James David Christie and harpsichord with Webb Wiggins at Oberlin Conservatory, and pursues private harp study with Sivan Magen.