Incoming Community Chorus Director Clayton Parr is Director of Choral Activities at Albion College, Albion, Michigan. A native of Detroit, Dr. Parr graduated from Albion with degrees in music and physics. He taught music and mathematics in the public schools in Michigan and New York and received his Master's and DMA from Michigan State University. He has over 20 years experience as a full-time collegiate faculty member, having taught at DePaul University and Miami University in Ohio.
His choirs have performed at conventions of the American Choral Directors Association, Illinois Music Education Association, Ohio Music Educators Association, Intercollegiate Men's Choruses and College Music Society. His choirs have completed several international tours and have won prizes at the International Musical Eisteddfod in Llangollen, Wales on two occasions.
His activity as guest conductor, lecturer, adjudicator and performer has taken him to 23 states and 18 foreign countries, including the Republic of Georgia, where he was a Fulbright scholar for the 2005-2006 academic year at the Sarajishvili State Conservatoire. His guest conducting appearances include the Ohio All-State Choir for the Ohio Music Educators Association.
As a performer, Parr has sung with the Cincinnati Opera, Music of the Baroque, the Grant Park Music Festival, Oregon Bach Festival, and the Santa Fe Desert Chorale. His articles have been published in the Choral Journal, Music Educators Journal, and International Choral Bulletin, and he is editor for the series "Music of the Republic of Georgia" for earthsongs publishing. His solo appearances have included Carmina Burana with the National Music Center Symphony Orchestra in Tbilisi, Georgia. He has served in various leadership positions with the American Choral Directors Association, and is currently Executive Secretary of Intercollegiate Men's Choruses. He is music director of Ensemble Alioni, a Chicago-based group dedicated to the performance of Georgian folk song.
How Do I Join?
We would love to have you as a member of the Community Chorus! Rehearsals start after Labor Day in September. Click here to find out how to join.
When Are Rehearsals?
Rehearsals take place on Tuesday evenings from 7:30 -9:30 pm at the Music Center from September through May.
Where Are Rehearsals?
Rehearsals are at the Music Center on campus of Kellogg Community College. Click here for map and directions.
Do I Have to Audition?
After your first rehearsal, the Director will hear you sing for voice-placement purposes. etc. Please don't be afraid of this process -- auditions are short, private, and painless! The intention is to include singers -- not to exclude them.
How Much Does it Cost to Join?
Annual dues are minimal - only $100 per year.