College of Music Professor Given Voice in GRAMMY Award Process

Dr. John W. Parks, IV elected to voting membership in Recording Arts Academy, founders of the annual GRAMMY award for excellence in the recording arts.

Dr. John W. Parks IV, Associate Professor of Percussion at the Florida State University College of Music, was recently elected to voting membership in the Recording Arts Academy, the organization responsible for presenting the Grammy Awards.

Founded in 1957 by industry executives, artists and musicians, The Recording Academy’s “GRAMMY” awards represent the recording industry’s only peer-presented award to honor artistic achievement, technical proficiency and overall excellence, without regard to album sales or chart position.

Membership in The Recording Academy is open to individuals who are actively working in all realms of music and recorded sound, from its creation to presentation, dissemination and protection. Voting Members are professionals with creative or technical credits on six commercially released tracks (or their equivalent) or 12 tracks (or their equivalent) released through recognized online music retailers. These may include vocalists, conductors, songwriters, composers, engineers, producers, instrumentalists, arrangers, art directors, album notes writers, narrators, and music video artists and technicians. (http://www.grammy.org/recording-academy)

Parks was nominated and elected based upon his established body of work as a musician and recording engineer/producer. (For details about Dr. Parks’ recording projects, please visit http://www.johnparkspercussion.com/GarnetHouse.html) Voting members of the academy hold the privilege of submitting recordings for awards consideration, and after recordings are placed in a category (classical, pop, country, etc.) and approved by a panel of industry experts to become “Grammy nominated” members vote on the final awardees for each year. Parks noted that his position at Florida State is focused primarily on teaching and performing while “…most of the Academy engineers are full-time audio professionals, so being accepted was a special honor for me considering what I do for my ‘real’ job.”

Dr. Parks is an artist/clinician for several percussion manufacturers and as a performer made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2007. He was selected for an FSU university teaching award in 2006. Before coming to the College of Music in 2003 he taught at the University of Kansas and holds degrees from the Eastman School of Music (DMA), Northwestern University (MM), and Furman University (BME).