Scott Parkman is the founding Artistic and Executive Director of American Century Music. A critically acclaimed conductor in the United States and abroad, Mr. Parkman launched American Century Music in 2010 to bring more attention to the contributions of American composers during the 20th Century. Most of this repertoire is unfamiliar to music listeners and these composer remain little known except for a few dominant figures during this period.
Mr. Parkman guides the development and operations of American Century Music along with a small and dedicated Board of Directors.
Scott Parkman is a musician of wide-ranging interests, recognized for his engaging musical style and genial rapport.
Accomplished in the standard orchestral repertoire, Mr. Parkman has received critical acclaim for his musicianship and interpretive depth. The Boston Globe has called him, “charismatic and clearly gifted,” and of a performance of Bruckner’s Fourth Symphony, the San Francisco Classical Voice wrote, “Guest Conductor Scott Parkman… allowed Friday’s performance to evolve with a surety that one associates with mature Brucknerians. The young maestro had a good feel for Bruckner’s episodic musical argument – one block of sound followed another with plenty of breathing room.”
American Century Music’s programming and performances have won critics’ praise as well. The Boston Musical Intelligencer wrote, “Parkman and [American Century Music] seem to understand that it isn’t about presenting modern music for the sake of its modernity, but for its musicality. Their offering…declared hope for renewed dialogue and community for American 20th-century music.” While the Worcester Telegram & Gazette declared, “Let’s have ACM and programs like these in Worcester more often — this performance was a high-water mark of the local classical music scene’s current season.”
From 2003-8 Mr. Parkman was the Assistant Conductor of the Saint Louis Symphony Orchestra and Music Director of the Saint Louis Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previously he held positions with the Oakland East Bay Symphony, Oakland Youth Orchestra, and Festival Opera of Walnut Creek, in the San Francisco Bay Area.
As a guest conductor, Mr. Parkman has conducted the New Zealand Symphony, Heidelberg Philharmonic, Minnesota Orchestra, Indianapolis, Kansas City, Lubbock, and Oakland East Bay Symphonies, Oakland Ballet, and the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestras.
Mr. Parkman is active as an educator and arts advocate, including speaking regularly with local and national officials about the importance of the arts in school curricula. He has conducted numerous college and high-school festival orchestras around the United States and internationally in Australia and Asia.
Scott Parkman studied percussion and conducting at the University of Michigan, graduating with highest honors under the auspices of the Artist and Scholar Honors Program. He continued studies in Italian language and culture in Bologna, Italy and conducting at the San Francisco Conservatory.
In addition to his experience and credentials as a musician, Scott Parkman recently received a M.S. in Communications Management from Simmons College in Boston.