Michael Parkinson is the Director of the Middle Tennessee State University School of Music where he works with a distinguished faculty of 60+ artists/educators, with students from across the nation and overseas. He performs with the MTSU Jazztet, the Tennessee Jazz Collective, and leads the Trinity Jazz Ensemble, an ecumenical group. He previously served as Director of the Ohio University School of Music and Music Chair at Webster University in St. Louis. Mike also served as Director of Jazz Studies at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Case Western Reserve University, and Furman University. His teaching specializations include jazz/contemporary music and music industry/entrepreneurship. Throughout his career, he has been active in media and marketing, and has been an announcer on commercial and university radio stations. He was a presenter at the USASBE-College Music Society conference on Entrepreneurship in Music and has long advocated the importance of developing outstanding musical and entrepreneurial skills, as well as international study opportunities.
Dr. Parkinson is an educational specialist/performing artist for Bach trumpets and recently performed with the MTSU Jazztet on an eleven-day tour of China. He has appeared as a guest artist at Musicfest USA, the Greater Southwest Music Festival, the Tri-State Music Festival, and at schools and festivals across the United States. He has directed ensembles for conferences of the International Association for Jazz Education, the International Electronic Music Plus Festival, the International Saxophone Alliance, the National Association for Music Education, the Society of Composers, the Arkansas, Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Ohio and South Carolina Music Educators Association state conferences. He is the author of Basie, Bebop, Ballads & Blues, a respected guide to jazz ensemble repertoire.