Bernard M. Parish received a full-scholarship to Oberlin College Conservatory of Music. He won the Second and E-flat clarinet chair with the Hong Kong Philharmonic Orchestra after graduating. He was promoted to Assistant Principal Clarinet for his final two seasons.
Radio stations in Hong Kong, New York, and Cleveland have broadcast his performances. Mr. Parish was invited to perform at The National Women’s Political Caucus’ inaugural ball for President William Jefferson Clinton as well as a recital at the Lyceum in Old Alexandria, Virginia. Critic Joseph McLellan of the Washington Post said, “…hearing the way Parish interwove melodic lines, I could not help wishing the music could reach a wider audience.”
Bernard has played with the Madison and Oshkosh symphonies, Wisconsin Philharmonic, Wisconsin Wind Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra in Madison, Florentine Opera and Skylight Theater in Milwaukee. Bernie is thrilled to play with the Oakwood Chamber Players for the first time.