Sunday Music in the Garden Room



November 26, 2017 at 2 pm

DAVID PARKER, horn   and   JOHN HANSEN, piano

 On program: Beethoven, Debussy, Poulenc, Messaien, Chopin, Richard Strauss,

Reinecke, Raum, and Gliere


David Parker has been Principal Horn of Symphony Nova Scotia since the year 2000.

He has also been a member of the Kitchener-Waterloo Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra, and has performed with the Toronto Symphony, Tafelmusik, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Boston Lyric Opera, and the Boston Pops Orchestra.   He holds degrees from Acadia, the University of Toronto, and Boston University.   Teachers: Daniel Katzen, Hermann Baumann, Eugene Rittich. Further studies include residencies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and the Pacific Music Festival.

Parker regularly performs in music festivals and chamber music series including the Scotia Festival of Music in Halifax, the Music Room on Lady Hammond Road in Halifax, the Charlottetown Festival, Sunday Music in the Garden Room, St. Cecilia Society, Music at the Three Churches on Nova Scotia’s South Shore, Indian River Festival in P.E.I., and the New Brunswick Summer Festival.

 He teaches at Dalhousie University, and the Université de Moncton. While on sabbatical from Symphony Nova Scotia, David was the horn teacher and Centre Director of Sistema New Brunswick (patterned after the free, life-changing classical music education program founded in 1975 in Venezuela for children from the slums) in Moncton.   He continued his work with Sistema New Brunswick as brass coach and wind ensemble conductor upon his return to Symphony Nova Scotia in September 2012.

 A Wolfville native, Mr. Parker settled on the horn as his instrument after starting out on trumpet, and working through other instruments, trombone, clarinet, piano – and even a wee bit of guitar. He has performed in the fabled Musikverein in Vienna, and in concerts in which Placido Domingo, Renee Fleming, and Lionel Richie performed. 



John Hansen was born in England and grew up in Vancouver, BC. He holds the Master of Music Degree in Performance and Literature with Distinction (Patricia Parr) from the University of Toronto where he also received the Artist Diploma and Bachelor of Music Degree (Anton Kuerti). Prior to entering university, John studied with Raymond Trouard in Paris, France. He received numerous Canada Council Grants to continue his training with Jeaneane Dowis in New York City and with Guido Agosti in Italy. John was a member of faculty and the College of Examiners at the Royal Conservatory of Music in Toronto before joining the Acadia University School of Music. He served as Director of the School from 1997 to 2007, a period during which his leadership resulted in a near doubling of the School’s enrolment.

As a performer he is noted for his expressive interpretations and commanding technique. John has performed as soloist and chamber musician in Canada, the United States, Great Britain, France, Italy and Germany. He has collaborated with renowned ensembles such as the Orford, Penderecki, Brunswick, Artur LeBlanc and Vellinger String Quartets. John has appeared as concerto soloist with symphony orchestras including the Vancouver, Seattle, and CBC Toronto orchestras. He is a regularly featured performer on the English and French CBC Radio Networks, and has appeared on the Arts National and En Concert network series.

John was lead pedagogy researcher on the MusicPath project from 2003 to 2005. Supported by a federal funding grant from CANARIE Canada ($388,000), MusicPath is a system of delivering high quality performance and music instruction in real time over the internet. John co-taught students with Marc Durand of the Glenn Gould Professional School, Royal Conservatory of Music of Toronto, developing new approaches and solutions to pedagogical issues. The MusicPath project received international media attention, including a feature article in the New York Times. The Acadia MusicPath team received the 2004 President’s Award for Innovation.

In recognition of John’s exemplary teaching career, the Canadian Federation of Music Teachers’ Associations honoured him at their national convention in July, 2009, with the Hugheen Ferguson Distinguished Teacher Award, which was presented “In recognition of outstanding contribution to music education in Canada”.

He has been a jury member for the Hnatyshyn Foundation Developing Artists Grants and has adjudicated music festivals from coast to coast in Canada and in the U.S. and serves as vice-president of the Canadian Association of Adjudicators. He also serves as vice-president of the Halifax Chapter of the Canadian Music Competitions.


2017-18 Concerts yet to come

11-Mar Eileen Walsh, Gillian Smith,

                Benjamin Marmen and Simon Docking    clarinet, violin, cello and piano

15-Apr  Suzie LeBlanc and Simon Docking              soprano and piano

6-May   Marcel D'Entremont                                       tenor