Harlan D. Parker has been the conductor of the Peabody Conservatory Wind Ensemble and coordinator of the music education division at the Peabody Conservatory of Music of The Johns Hopkins University since the fall of 1990, and in the fall of 2007, he was appointed as the conductor of the Peabody Youth Orchestra. Under his direction, the Peabody Wind Ensemble has given over 30 world premieres, and has performed at state, regional and national conventions. Considered “among the very top wind bands in the US” (Fanfare), the Peabody Wind Ensemble has received critical acclaim from contemporary composers such as David Amram, James Syler, Eric Ewazen, Stella Sung, H. O. Reed and Johan de Meij.
Rich Lauver studied music theory and composition at the University of Texas at Austin with piano as his principal instrument. His piano teacher, Danielle Martin, was an alumna of the Peabody Conservatory. While at the University of Texas, he began songwriting and performing with various progressive, punk, new-wave, and alternative rock bands as a multi-keyboardist, synthesist, vocalist and MIDI programmer in Austin’s burgeoning music scene. Lauver joined the staff of the Peabody Conservatory in 1999 as an ensemble coordinator, and currently manages the personnel, rehearsal and performance activities of the Peabody Wind Ensemble, Peabody Modern Orchestra, Peabody Jazz Ensemble and Camerata.
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