Parker Schultz is a member of the 2020 National Youth Wind Ensemble, the winner of the 2020 Cheshire Symphony Orchestra Concerto/Aria Competition and the 2020 Hamden Symphony Orchestra Young Musicians Concerto Competition. He is an honor roll junior at the Hamden Hall Country Day School. In addition to the rigorous academic load, Parker is an active participant in the school’s performing arts. He is a co-leader of the Hamden Hall Jazz
Ensemble and a member of the concert orchestra, chorus, the theater pit band, and the Thespian Society. Parker has proudly represented Hamden Hall in the CMEA Southern Region for the past five years having been selected for both concert band and chorus each year he auditioned. He performs in the area adult living facilities with the Hamden Hall Music Community Service Club.
Parker studies saxophone with Shane Rathburn. He is also a student at the Neighborhood Music School where he is working towards a Young Artist Diploma in saxophone performance, the requirements for which include music theory, monthly peer workshops, recitals, and jury adjudications. Parker performs in the Greater New Haven Youth Wind Ensemble, the Latin Jazz Ensemble, and the Rhythm Kings Ensemble at NMS. He also plays drums under the direction of Jesse Hameen II.
Parker’s numerous extra-curricular activities include the Junior Board of the Friends of Yale New Haven Children’s Hospital, lower school mentoring, Hamden Hall Math Team, the Guilford Town Band, as well as various summer medical internships and study programs. Over the years, Parker has had the honor and the privilege of working with several legendary saxophone faculty: Gary Louie of the Johns Hopkins Peabody Institute, Chien-Kwan Lin of the Eastman School of Music, Taimur Sullivan of Northwestern University, and Brian Utley of Vanderbilt University. Parker is excited about the opportunity to perform with the Cheshire Symphony Orchestra and looks forward to further exploring his passion for saxophone during the rest of his high school career and beyond.
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