The entire Commonwealth Youthchoirs family welcomes Dr. Elizabeth Cassidy Parker as the new conductor of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir (PG) Troubadors. Dr. Parker will also work with the Scholas, along with another soon to be named Conductor. Dr. Parker is an Assistant Professor of Music Education at the Boyer College of Music at Temple University. But she is no stranger to PG! Her daughter Sara is a Trouvere.
“After closely observing the wonderful work of the Pennsylvania Girlchoir, I am thrilled to join this vibrant organization,” says Dr. Parker. “I look forward to making music with the girls and getting to know their families.”
“We are so very fortunate to have Dr. Parker join us,” says PG Music Director Vincent Metallo. “She has many gifts that will allow the Girlchoir – and in particular our younger singers – to carry on the PG tradition of choral excellence, as well as help us reach even greater musical heights.”
An active clinician for children’s and youth choirs, Dr. Parker held the position of Director of Music for a large New York City not-for-profit where she grew a children’s choir program of more than 250 voices. While on music faculty at Columbus State University in Georgia, Dr. Parker served the Artistic Director of the Voices of the Valley Youth Choir. She has also taught K -12 school and community choirs in New York, Nebraska, and Georgia, focusing on the vocal development of young people. A choral singer herself, Dr. Parker performed for several seasons with the Marble Collegiate Sanctuary Choir in New York City, and sang in Carnegie Hall with James Conlon and the great Robert Shaw.