Cody Parrott, a native of Central Texas, is a singer and conductor who has enjoyed an established musical career throughout the United States over the past two decades. He is a second year student pursuing the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting at the University of Texas at Austin where he studies conducting with Dr. JD Burnett. Cody serves the Butler School of Music Choral Area as the Conductor of the University Treble Chorus and Graduate Assistant in Choral Conducting.
Choirs under his direction have earned performance invitations at prestigious venues such as the Washington National Cathedral, St. Vincent DePaul Parish in Chicago, and St. Andrew’s Cathedral in Honolulu and have been recognized at festivals including Performance of Distinction at the AMC Madrigal & Chamber Choir Festival as well as First Runner Up and Third Runner Up at the AMC Celebration of Excellence Competition in Houston, TX. In addition to competitions and performance invitations with his own choirs, he has served as featured clinician for others’ students in TMEA All-Region Choirs as well as Elementary Choral Festivals in the State of Texas. He has been a featured presenter on Vocal Pedagogy and Choral Literature for the Texas Choral Director's Association convention, and served as the Baritone Section Leader for the TMEA All-State Tenor/Bass Choir under the direction of Dr. Andrew Last.
Cody continues to maintain a passion for classical singing and performing opera, oratorio, and in recital. His singing career has taken him to opera companies and concert venues in New York, New Jersey, Illinois, Florida, Georgia, California, Washington, D.C., Texas, Italy, France, Austria, and the United Kingdom. His "sweet-toned lyric tenor" has been described as "...touching and vocally thrilling..." by the South Florida Classical Review. Some of his stage credits include the roles of Arturo in the Donizetti masterpiece Lucia di Lamermoor, Ferrando in Mozart’s Cosi fan tutte, Captian Macheath in Britten’s The Beggar’s Opera, Joe Brennan in the Florida premier performance of Richard Wargo’s Ballymore, Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Belmonte in Mozart’s Die Enfurüng aus dem Serail and the title roles in Massenet’s Werther and Gounod’s Romeo and Juliet.
In addition to solo performance, Mr. Parrott enjoys time spent singing with some of the United States' best professional choral ensembles. He has performed with the Grammy Award Winning Houston Chamber Choir, conducted by Robert Simpson on their record Ravishingly Russian, described as "top of the line" singing by the American Record Guide, and an "...enjoyable, and enduring listening experience" by Musica Russica. Cody can also be found regularly performing with the Austin-based Ars Longa Ensemble conducted by Dr. Steven Brennfleck, with Chorus Austin, and as a soloist with the Bell Civic Chorus.
Mr. Parrott holds a Master of Music degree in Vocal Performance and Pedagogy from the Frost School of Music at the University of Miami, and a Bachelor of Arts in Music with concentrations in Vocal Music and Music Education from the University of St. Thomas in Houston, TX. Cody is an active participant, clinician, and adjudicator in state-wide UIL, TMEA, and TAPPS contests, and holds professional memberships with TMEA, TMAA, TCDA, the American Guild of Organists, and the National Association of Teachers of Singing.