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, Parker-Harley is committed to training a new generation of performers, educators and advocates for the arts. An experienced orchestral flutist, she 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. Parker-Harley 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 South Carolina Philharmonic, Symphony Orchestra Augusta, the Charleston 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.
Teaching is an especially important part of Dr. Parker-Harley’s musical life. 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, the University of Texas School of Music, the Cleveland Institute of Music, Northwestern University Beinen School of Music and the Manhattan School of Music. Her students have also been prizewinners in 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 under wonderful flutists and teachers: Kay Borkowski, Jaqueline Hofto, Bonita Boyd, Richard Sherman, Dr. Bradley Garner and Jack Wellbaum.
Past teaching posts include positions at Otterbein College, Goshen College, Wright State University, Ohio University and the Saarburg International Music Festival in Germany. In the summers, Jennifer serves on the faculties of the National Music Festival, the Interlochen Arts Camp and the Vianden Festival in Luxembourg. Her first CD will be released in April, 2016 and contains works by Schubert, Debussy and Reinecke along with readings of the poetry that inspired these particular pieces. Jennifer has recorded on the Denon and Beauport Classical labels and her solo CD, “Words and Music” featuring flute music inspired by poetry, will be released on the Titanic label in April, 2016. She has also been a featured performer on NPR’s Performance Today as a member of the National Music Festival Wind Quintet and is a clinician for Eastman-Amadeus flutes.