Dr. Robert Parkins

University Organist
66 Music Building
Mailing Address: 

Box 90665 Durham, NC 27708

Robert Parkins, University Organist and Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University, has concertized throughout the United States, in Central America, and in Europe. A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College–Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music, he studied with Gerre Hancock, Charles Krigbaum, Michael Schneider, and Ralph Kirkpatrick. As a Fulbright scholar, he pursued further study with Anton Heiller in Vienna.

His organ and harpsichord recordings have been released under the Calcante, Gothic, Musical Heritage Society, and Naxos labels. His Naxos compact disc recordings include Early Iberian Organ Music and Brahms: Complete Organ Works, both recorded on the Chapel’s Flentrop organ. German Romantic Organ Music (Gothic Records) features both the Flentrop and the Aeolian organs. Iberian and South German Organ Music (Calcante) was the first commercial recording of the new Brombaugh meantone organ, and Dr. Parkins has since released another recording of the Brombaugh, Organ Music of Frescobaldi (Calcante).

A specialist in early Iberian keyboard music, Dr. Parkins contributed the chapter on “Spain and Portugal” to the book Keyboard Music Before 1700 (second edition, Routledge: 2003). Visit Robert Parkins' personal webpage for more information.