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Dan Parasky

Director of Flute Choir
Mary Pappert School of Music
Performance Department

Music, Room 319
Phone: 412.396.6080
paraskyd@duq.edu

Education:

M.M., Boston University
B.M., Duquesne University
Biography

Dan Parasky is a flutist whose passion lies within education.

The Parasky Flute Studios opened its doors in September 1999 and has produced multiple award-winning students. The following auditions have featured Parasky Flute Studio winners/finalists: The International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University, The Consummate Flutists at Carnegie Mellon University, The National Flute Association Competitions including the High School Soloist, High School Flute Choir, Collegiate Flute Choir, and the Professional Flute Choir Competition; the Bands of America Rose Bowl Honors Marching Band, and the Macy's Great American Marching Band. Additionally,  several students have had the privilege to perform in concert with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra on international tours. Studio members also perform, place, and win at local and regional auditions/music festivals. Graduates of the Parasky Flute Studios have moved on to study music in college at the undergraduate and graduate level to start their own full-time careers in music. Dan recently launched a new brand, danparasky.com, that features private music teacher studio development courses. Studio Ensemble Revolution, Profitable Private Studios, and the College Audition Guide explore methods that enhance music studio offerings while building a sense of community and increasing profit.

As a clinician, Dan has presented a wide range of topics at the National Flute Convention, the Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair, and at local colleges around the Pittsburgh area. Topics range from pedagogical concepts to the business components of running a private music studio and performance-themed classes. He was the temporary instructor of applied flute for the first half of the 2019 Spring Term at Slippery Rock University.

As a flutist, Mr. Parasky performs as a soloist, chamber musician, and guest conductor. He is a new music enthusiast with several commissions and multiple world premieres presented. Solo engagements feature recital programs with diverse repertoire from all musical time periods. As a chamber musician, he co-founded the PM Woodwind Project - a flute and clarinet duo that is committed to educational outreach. Parasky has performed with the National Flute Association Professional Flute Choir and with the International Low Flute Festival Professional Flute Choir.

Conducting wise, he is a three-time guest conductor Mid-Atlantic High School Flute Choir (2014, 2019, 2021). He is thrilled to serve in this role again for the 2022 Mid-Atlantic Convention. Mr. Parasky served as the coordinator for the National Flute Association High School Flute Choir Competition from 2014–2019 and he is ecstatic to be conducting that ensemble for a performance at the 2021 virtual convention.

Dan graduated from Boston University with a Master of Music in Music Education and earned an undergraduate degree in Music Performance from Duquesne University. He will be serving as the Flute Choir Coordinator with the National Flute Association from 2021–2025 for their annual conventions. He is on the board of directors for the Newlonsburg Music Academy in the role of their administrator. Dan lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Jackie. A complete curriculum vitae and student award list are available upon request.

Areas of Expertise:

  • Private Music Studio Entrepreneurship
  • Conducting Flute Ensembles
  • Teaching Flute Lessons