Dr. Webb Parker
Webb Parker, PhD currently serves as Assistant Professor of Music Education at the University of Southern Mississippi. Dr. Parker is also the Chorusmaster for Mississippi Opera and the Director of Music at Main Street Methodist Church in Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Dr. Parker has sung professionally with Oregon Bach Festival and the Huntsville Master Chorale. With work with ensemble singing and vocal pedagogy can be found from the musical theater stage to the opera set. Dr. Parker also work extensively with high school and middle school programs in the mediums of concert choir, show choir, and pop/a cappella singing.
Dr. Parker was trained as a singer and church musician at Samford University in Alabama, studied music education at the University of Alabama, and received a PhD in music education and choral conducting at the University of Oregon. He spent five years in the public schools teaching on both the elementary and high school levels, and for eight years was a licensed pharmacy technician. This work in the medical field is what sparked Dr. Parker’s interest in voice science.
Dr. Janene Nelson
Janene Nelson, DMA is currently on the voice faculty at Seattle Pacific University where she teaches voice and musical theatre. Dr. Nelson’s professional engagements range from opera and oratorio to early music, contemporary premieres, and musical theatre. Her operatic roles include Dorabella, Third Lady, Prince Orlofsky, Miss Todd, and Nicklaus, and her recent oratorio performances include Mozart’s Requiem, Haydn’s Lord Nelson Mass, John Rutter’s Magnificat, and J.S. Bach’s Mass in B Minor. Dr. Nelson sang with the Oregon Bach Festival for seven seasons as a member of the Berwick Chorus from 2009 to 2015.
Dr. Nelson studied voice and theatre at Western Oregon University, earned a master’s degree in vocal performance and pedagogy from Central Washington University, and received her DMA in vocal performance from the University of Oregon. She also holds a Level I Certification in the Lovetri Method Somatic Voicework, a body-based approach to functional voice training.