steve parker

artist // musician // curator

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Steve Parker is a musician, artist, and curator who creates communal, democratic work to examine history, systems, and behavior. His projects include elaborate civic rituals for humans, animals, and machines; listening sculptures made from salvaged marching band instruments that are modeled after obsolete WWII acoustic locators; and cathartic transportation symphonies for operators of cars, pedicabs, and bicycles. He has been the recipient of several honors, including a Fulbright Fellowship, a Harrington Fellowship, and awards from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Best of Austin Prize, and the Austin Critics' Table.  

Parker has performed and exhibited at leading venues and festivals internationally.  Highlights include Art Basel Miami Beach, the Lucerne Festival (Switzerland), the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, the Guggenheim Museum, the Lincoln Center Festival, the Fusebox Festival, Tanglewood, Los Angeles Philharmonic inSIGHT, the Stone, Contemporary Arts Center (New Orleans), the Blanton Museum of Art, the Asian Arts Initiative (Philadelphia), the Contemporary Austin, Bowerbird, and the Gene Siskel Film Center (Chicago). As a soloist and as an artist of NYC-based "new music dream team" Ensemble Signal, he has premiered 200+ new works. His work has been reviewed by the New York Times, New Music Box, Sightlines, among others.  

Parker has been awarded support from the National Endowment for the Arts, New Music USA, the Copland Foundation, the Puffin Foundation, and the Mid America Arts Alliance. He is Curator of SoundSpace at the Blanton Museum of Art, Executive Director of Collide Arts, and a full-time faculty member at UTSA.  He holds degrees in Math and Music from Oberlin, Rice, and UT Austin.

steven.c.parker [at] gmail [dot] com


Steve is part of the Texas Commission on the Arts Touring Roster, which provides matching grants to presenters to fund performances and projects.

Mastermind...inventive and irreverent programming” (Robert Faires, Austin Chronicle)

"Incredible, jaw-dropping soloist” (New Music Box)

"Music in a traditional auditorium is well and good, but if we've learned one thing from Steve Parker, it's that all the world's a concert hall. His boldness and fervor inspire us and carloads of other music lovers to go off-roading with him at every opportunity. Honk if you love Steve Parker!" (Austin Chronicle)

"There was only one problem with Steven Parker's wonderful performance of "Sequenza V": a sorry lack of clown shoes." (The New York Times)

"Steve Parker [is] a trombone rockstar: he plays in Ensemble Signal and is a professor at UTSA. But in addition to his playing, he organizes art events around Austin, where he uses parts of the city as source material for his work....It seems that Steve always has a new and adventurous project up his sleeve." (Natalie Zeldin, KMFA)