Dan Parasky is a professionally trained flutist whose passion lies within teaching private flute lessons. He is on the faculty of both the Newlonsburg Music Academy (Pittsburgh East) and the P.Y.C.O. School of Music (Pittsburgh North). The Parasky Flute Studios opened its’ doors in September 1999 and has since produced multiple award winning students. The following auditions have featured studio winners/finalists: The International Flute Symposium at West Virginia University, The Consummate Flutist at Carnegie Mellon University, The National Flute Association Competitions including the High School Soloist, High School Flute Choir, Collegiate Flute Choir and the Professional Flute Choir Competition; the Bands of America Rose Bowl Honors Marching Band and the Macy’s Great American Marching Band. Additionally, several students have had the privilege to perform in concert with the Pittsburgh Youth Symphony Orchestra on international tours. Studio members also consistently perform, place and win at local and regional auditions/music festivals. Graduates of the Parasky Flute Studios have moved on to study music in college at the undergraduate and graduate level in order to start their own full-time careers in music.
As a musician, Mr. Parasky is in demand as a soloist, chamber musician and guest conductor. He is a new music enthusiast with several commissions and multiple world premieres performed. Solo engagements feature recital programs with diverse repertoire from all musical time periods. As a chamber musician, he co-founded the PM Woodwind Project, a flute and clarinet duo that is dedicated towards educational outreach for both the non-professional and professional music community. Mr. Parasky was the guest conductor for the 2014 and 2019 Mid-Atlantic High School Flute Choir. He will be directing a flute choir reading session at the 2021 National Flute Convention in Washington, DC.
As a clinician, Mr. Parasky has presented a wide range of topics at the National Flute Convention, The Mid-Atlantic Flute Fair and at local colleges in and around Pittsburgh. Topics range from the pedagogical and business components to studying and teaching the flute in addition to performance themed classes. He was the temporary instructor of applied flute for the first half of the 2019 Spring Term at Slippery Rock University and recently served as an adjudicator for the 2020 National High School Soloist Competition and the 2017 Flute Choir Composition Competition as sponsored by the National Flute Association.
Most people have no idea what they want to do when they are 10 years old but Mr. Parasky knew that the flute was going to be the driving force of his life within the first 6 months of learning the instrument. By the age of 13, he absolutely knew that he wanted to be a private flute teacher with his own studio and started to take the appropriate steps to make that happen. Teaching the flute was simply his calling in life and nothing could have prevented it from happening!
Dan graduated from Boston University with a Masters of Music in Music Education (4.0 GPA) and earned an undergraduate degree (cum laude) in Music Performance from Duquesne University where he studied with Damian Bursill-Hall. His formative years of training were completed with Wendy Webb Kumer. Mr. Parasky served the National Flute Association as the Competition Coordinator for the High School Flute Choir (2014-2019) and is on the Board of Directors for the Newlonsburg Music Academy as the administrator. Parasky has won competitions with the National Flute Association and the International Low Flute Festival. He lives in Pittsburgh, PA with his wife, Jackie. A complete curriculum vitae and student award list is available upon request. Mr. Parasky performs on a Heavy Wall Brannen-Cooper flute.