Ithaca College

 David Parks has for over 30 years dedicated his life to helping his students to become the best musicians that they can.  Lessons are focused on technique, style, language, and creating a positive interpretive atmosphere while performing.

Continually honing his teaching skills by attending master classes and studying with renown voice teachers and coaches.  Parks continues to be an active performer in oratorio and recital after singing 70+ opera roles.




About David Parks: “There is no question in my mind that you are a master teacher.”

Arthur E. Ostrander, Former Dean Ithaca College, School of Music

Educational Preparation

  • Vocal studies with:  Carol Webber, Louise McCLelland, Richard Miller, Robert McIver
  • Musical Coaching with:  Martin Katz, Robert McCoy, Norman Shetler, Douglas Fisher
D. M. A.
  • Voice performance/Vocal pedagogy
  • The University of Arizona, 1983
  • Tucson, AZ
  • Vocal study with:  Jerold Siena
  • Opera study with:  Jerold Siena, Larry Day
M. M.
  • Voice performance
  • The University of Michigan, 1981
  • Ann Arbor, MI
  • Vocal study with:  Leslie Guinn, Rosemary Russell
  • Opera study with:  Ralph Herbert, Eva Likova, Gustav Meier, Gian Carlo Menotti,
  • Katherine Hilgenberg, Richard Bergwin, Ian Strasfogel, Johan von der Merwe
B. M. Ed.
  • Music education choral/voice
  • Westminster Choir College, 1977
  • Princeton, NJ
  • Vocal study with:  Robert Simpson, Robert McIver
  • Opera study with:  Robert McIver




At the beginning of each academic year, Ithaca College celebrates Freshman Convocation. In August 2013 it was held for the first time in the new Athletics and Events Center.

Dr. Parks was the featured faculty soloist for the “Star Spangled Banner”.

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Ithaca College fountain

David Parks began full-time studio teaching in 1983 after completion of his doctorate.  His first teaching position was at the College of William and Mary. He remained in this position four years before accepting a tenure-eligible position at the Ithaca College School of Music. Parks was tenured at Ithaca College in 1993 and promoted to full professor in 1999.

While a professor at Ithaca College, Parks has been a guest performer and voice teacher at the Fairbanks Summer Arts Festival (AK) for seven consecutive summers.

Dr. Parks’ students have been successful in many areas of the music industry. His former students are professional singers in opera and on Broadway, music educators on the college and public school levels, arts administrators, entertainers, and conductors in both the United States and Europe.


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View north out of the School of Music

Parks has continued to be involved in professional activities while teaching at Ithaca College. He has been the New York State Governor for the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), chairperson for the NATS Artist Award Competition for three years, and chairperson for the New York State Council for the Arts Decentralization Panel for Tompkins County.  As an adjudicator Parks has judged many NATS competitions on the district and regional level and for four years was a judge for the Rochester Philharmonic Young Artists Competition.

While a Professor of Voice, Parks remains an active performer in opera, oratorio, recital, and chamber music.

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