Parker Van Houten
INTERESTS: Men’s Chorus, Chorale, and Creative Arts LLP
Parker is finishing up his B.M. in Vocal Performance while studying privately with Dr. Angelique Clay. Parker is the 2017 Alltech Vocal Competition Grand Prize Winner in the undergraduate division. Parker can be frequently seen starring on the Concert Hall stage of Singletary with the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Past roles have included Francis Nurse in "The Crucible", Simone in "Gianni Schicchi", Ponchel in "Silent Night", Stanley Kowalski in "A Streetcar named Desire" and The Representative in "A Game of Chance. Parker is also the Assistant Director for the University of Kentucky Opera Theatre Undergraduate Workshop for Spring 2019 and Fall 2020, including the Kentucky premiere of Michael Ching's "Speed Dating Tonight! He is a member of the UK Chorale, and has served as both Vice-President (2018-2019) and President (2019-2020) of the University of Kentucky Men's Choir. Parker also has two years of experience working with the Creative Arts Living Learning Program as a Peer Mentor. Parker is also an active composer, having commissioned numerous choral and orchestral works for ensembles around the country, including his "Kyrie" which was premiered by the University of Kentucky Chorale in Paris, France. The only things more important to Parker than music are his 4-year old dog, Elie and 65-cent Boneless or Traditional Wings Thursday at Buffalo Wild Wings.
REASON FOR BECOMING AN AMBASSADOR
I was fortunate enough to serve as an Ambassador my sophomore year, and it was so rewarding on an emotional level to get to represent the school that has done so much for me and travel convincing other students from around the country to join the Big Blue Nation! I wouldn't be here without the recruiting efforts of the Student Ambassadors from years prior and their team, so I really want to take it upon myself to help change someone's life like mine once was!