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Alan Parshley

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Alan Parshley has been affiliated with the University of Vermont Music Department since 1983, teaching horn, music theory, brass pedagogy, class piano, music appreciation, and conducting the Vermont Wind Ensemble. He is a long-time member of the horn sections of the Albany (NY) and Vermont Symphony Orchestras, beginning his tenure with the VSO in 1984 and the ASO in 1987, and is also presently Principal Horn of the Burlington Chamber Orchestra, and for the orchestra of the Opera Theater of Middlebury. He served as Principal Horn of the Berkshire Symphony Orchestra for several seasons, and has performed with the symphonies of Springfield, Massachusetts, and Portland, Maine as well. As a member of Fanfare, the VSO Brass Trio, he introduced brass instruments to thousands of elementary school students throughout Vermont. Among his many collaborative projects, probably the most notable was his performance with Phish, at their 1996 Halloween concert in Chicago. Prior to moving to Vermont, he was a member of the Kalamazoo (MI) Symphony, and toured extensively with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

A respected teacher of the horn, his studio has consistently produced nationally-recognized students. A founding member of the Pitten Music Festival, he traveled to Austria in the summer to teach, perform, and administer the festival for twenty years. He is also the founder and Director of the Green Mountain Horn Club, a large horn ensemble. The GMHC hosted the 2006 Northeast Horn Society workshop at the University of Vermont, presents concerts throughout Vermont, and has sponsored workshops and performances that have brought many of the nation’s leading horn players to area.

Alan graduated with honors from Olivet College in his native Michigan, where he studied horn and piano. His graduate work in horn was completed at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, and he studied chamber music at the Yale University Summer School of Music and Art.