Praised by the Columbus Dispatch for her “beautiful sound”, flutist Jennifer Parker-Harley enjoys a versatile career as a teacher and performer. Having joined the faculty of the University of South Carolina in 2008, Jennifer is committed to training a new generation of performers, educators and advocates for the arts. An experienced orchestral flutist, Jennifer was a member of the Columbus Symphony Orchestra in Ohio for eight years before moving to South Carolina. During her tenure there, she appeared as soloist with the CSO, as well as many other orchestras, in the central Ohio area. Jennifer has also been a member of the Ft. Wayne Philharmonic and the Chautauqua Symphony Orchestra and has performed with the Cincinnati Symphony, the St. Louis Symphony, the National Repertory Orchestra and the Heidelberg Schlossfestspiele Orkester.
An active recitalist, and prizewinner in several national competitions, Jennifer appears as a frequent performer at the National Flute Association’s annual convention and in schools and music series across the country. She has a special interest in presenting interdisciplinary programs such as her current project, “Pan- in music, poetry and art” which combines three art forms for a character study on this fascinating mythological figure. She has also worked with North Carolina composer Kenneth Frazelle to present his watercolors of the Blue Ridge Mountains during the performance of his wonderful piece, “Blue Ridge Airs” for flute and piano.
Teaching is an especially important part of Dr. Parker-Harley’s musical life. She has a holistic approach to teaching the flute that includes extensive study of the mental aspect of performance. She has worked closely with peak performance psychologist, Dr. Todd Kays, which has greatly informed her own approach to performance as well as her teaching of young flutists. She has a very accomplished studio at USC- recent graduates have gone on to study at such prestigious institutions as the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, the Peabody Institute and the University of Texas School of Music. Her students have also been prizewinners in several competitions of the National Flute Association, the Florida Flute Association, the Kentucky Flute Society, the Central Ohio Flute Association and the South Carolina Flute Society.
Dr. Parker-Harley is an honors graduate of the Interlochen Arts Academy, holds a bachelor’s degree and a performer’s certificate from the Eastman School of Music, and graduate degrees from Michigan State University and the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. She is privileged to have studied with wonderful flutists and teachers: Kay Borkowski, Jaqueline Hofto, Bonita Boyd, Richard Sherman, Dr. Bradley Garner and the late Jack Wellbaum.
Past teaching posts include positions at Otterbein College, Goshen College, Wright State University, Ohio University and the Interlochen Arts Camp in Michigan. In the summers, Jennifer serves on the faculties of the National Music Festival, the Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany and the Vianden Music Festival in Luxembourg.