Nathaniel Parks (b. 1995) is a young composer and singer from Greensboro, North Carolina. He recently earned his B.M. in Music Composition at Gardner-Webb University under the instruction of Dr. Matt Whitfield and Dr. Bruce Moser. Nathaniel began composing in high school, primarily as a songwriter. After attending the North Carolina Governor’s School in 2011, his focus shifted from songwriting to choral music. Though he has since written for a variety of different instruments, vocal music remains his favorite medium, and he has written more for the voice than for any other instrument. He was selected to present the “Kyrie” from his concert mass, Messe des Perdus, at the 2017 Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference and the entirety of the work at the 2018 Society of Composers, Inc. Region VI conference. He was selected as a semi-finalist for the American Prize in Choral Composition – Student Division and is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honors Music Society.


Messe des Perdu

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Messe des Perdu is a concert mass in five parts. Written as the capstone project for my undergraduate career, this mass seeks to explore my spirituality during a time of intense doubt in my life. This recording is of the Gardner-Webb University Concert choir performing the work.

The Seven Sayings

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The Seven Sayings were written for the Gardner-Webb New Music Evensong service, a worship service featuring new music. I had recently formed a vocal chamber ensemble to sing new music and decided to write a piece for the group. Since the service was to be at Easter time, I decided that setting the seven last sayings of Christ would be a fitting undertaking for the service.

Sleepless Nights

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Sleepless Nights is a set of works for solo piano. This work was written on nights when I was unable sleep.