Born in Springfield, Massachusetts, THOMAS F. PARKER is a graduate of the
University of Massachusetts Amherst. From 1972 to 1974, he was Special Producer and music
director of WTIC-FM in Hartford, Connecticut, winning the prestigious Major Edwin H.
Armstrong Award, administered by the Armstrong Memorial Research Foundation at Columbia
University. In 1974, he moved to New York City to begin a career in artist management, and,
during the following sixteen years, was associated with Colbert Artists Management, Sheldon
Soffer Management, and Shaw Concerts, serving the last firm as Vice President. In the fall of
1990, he established his own firm, Parker Artists.
Tom has given workshops and seminars for The Juilliard School, Peabody Institute of the
Johns Hopkins University, Aspen Music School, New England Conservatory, Concert Artists
Guild, New England Foundation for the Arts and Connecticut Commission on the Arts, has been
a panelist for Chamber Music America and the First American Classical Guitar Congress, and
served on juries for Affiliate Artists, the Third Arturo Toscanini International Competition for
conductors in Parma, Italy, New Choreographers On Point and the Sewanee Summer Music
Festival. In recognition of his services to Israel’s Campus Orchestra, he was elected in 1994 a
Charter Member of that ensemble’s International Honorary Committee.
He has twice been honored by his alma mater: In 1987, he was named the first recipient of
the “Distinguished Alumnus in the Arts” award, presented by the Department of Music and
Dance; in 1988, in observance of the University of Massachusetts’ 125th Anniversary, he was
selected as a winner of the “125 Alumni to Watch” award.
In 2017, Tom married his long-time partner, Lloyd M. (“Mike”) Kraus.
Tom was invited and elected to the Board of Directors of Musicians Foundation in 2016.
Currently, he serves on the Executive Committee as Secretary.