Department of Music

Nancy Parker

Dr. Nancy Reimers Parker serves as the Director of the Preparatory Program and Artistic Director of Cantabile Girls’ Choir at St Cloud State University (SCSU). She is also the instructor for “Teaching Music in the K-8 Classroom,” a class that introduces educators to arts integration in the elementary classroom. 

As Director of the Prep Program, Nancy is responsible for overseeing private music lessons available to all ages in the local community and the Cantabile Girls’ Choir, an auditioned choral experience for girls in grades 3-9. As Artistic Director of Cantabile, Nancy has the opportunity to share her passion for music with young girls as they discover the joy of singing with others in a choral setting.  

Nancy was the Director of the Women’s Chorale at Bethel University, St Paul for nine years.  In 2009, the Women’s Chorale was selected to perform at the Minnesota Music Educators Midwinter In-Service Clinic held at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The Chorale participated in Bethel’s annual Festival of Christmas which is attended every year by an audience of over 6,000.

Nancy taught 6th-12th grade music for ten years while living in Portland, Oregon. Her classroom experiences included teaching choral music, general music, music appreciation & theory and instrumental music. Her choirs placed first at state festivals in both performance and sight-singing competitions. She was a participating conductor with MidAmerican Productions in New York City, involving her choral groups in Carnegie Hall Performances of Mozart’s Requiem and Handel’s Messiah.

In addition to teaching at SCSU, Nancy teaches music education courses at Concordia St Paul and the University of Northwestern, where she also supervises student teachers.

Nancy holds a Ph.D. in music from the University of Minnesota. Her undergraduate studies were at Bethel University where she earned a degree in Music Education with an emphasis in piano performance. Additional studies were in piano performance at California State University, Fullerton, the University of Southern California, and Portland State University, Portland, Oregon, where she completed a Master’s degree in Music Education. Nancy is a member of the American Choral Directors Association, National Association for Music Education, and the Minnesota Music Educators Association.