Donaldsonville native helps celebrate 2nd ‘Celebration of Music Legends’

Staff Writer
Gonzales Weekly Citizen

The Shiloh Camber Chorale will host its “Celebration of Music Legends –  Phase II” on Saturday, Aug. 7, at 4 p.m. at the Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church located at 185 Eddie Robinson Sr. Drive, Baton Rouge, where the Rev. Dr. Charles T. Smith is the pastor.

This celebration is in conjunction with the church’s 138th anniversary celebration which will be held on Sunday, Aug. 8. This year’s honorees include world renown baritone opera singer, Donnie Albert; retired opera singer, Vivian L. Walker; music educator, Lyndia M. Williams; music educator and performing artist, Everrett G. Parker, Sr.; the late music educators Mallalieu C. Turner and A. E. Carter who will both be honored posthumously.

The celebration will feature Albert in concert as well as renditions by the outstanding musical aggregation, “Heritage” which is founded and directed by one of last year’s honorees, Clarence Jones.

Everyone is invited to attend this glorious celebration and the reception which follows. There is no admission.  

Honoree Everrett G. Parker Sr. is a native of Donaldsonville and 1974 graduate of Donaldsonville High School. He is the son of Lawrence Parker Sr. and the late Henrietta Gaines Parker.

Parker began his musical journey in the Donaldsonville, River Parish area at the age of 12, as a novice on the piano and organ and personal accompanist for close friends of his family. He later was asked to serve as substitute musician for his family churches,

Greater Mt. Pilgrim and Mt. Triumph Baptist Churches. Soon his musical career went on a fast track as he became one of the most sought after musicians in the area, playing on a regular basis for churches way too numerous to mention. 

He has held the long-term positions of minister of music for First Baptist Church, Vacherie; Greater New Guide Baptist and Shiloh Missionary Baptist Churches of Baton Rouge.  Parker has taught preschool through high school and college choral and instrumental music for 34 years.

In addition, across his 40 years of musical service he has served as a full-time organist/director for various churches, also way too numerous to mention.

In 1976, Parker was assistant to the producer, rehearsal accompanist and music coach of Baton Rouge’s Bicentennial production of Porgy and Bess. 

In 1979 he helped establish the LSU Gospel Choir, to later direct and tour France with them.

He has provided music for hundreds of weddings, funerals, recitals and other special occasions that directly impacted the lives of the communities he has lived, worked and visited. He has trained with the Metropolitan Opera Education Department as well as consulted and conducted workshops in the authentic performance of African-American music and music as therapy across Louisiana, the United States, France and Italy.

 He transcribes, scores, composes and arranges music on demand. Mr. Parker is a member of various professional organizations at all levels including the Federation of Teachers, Music Educators National Conference, Louisiana Music Educators Association, Louisiana Choral Directors Association and a former member of the National Faculty of the Gospel Music Workshop of America. 

Parker is fulfilled eight years as the chief music director and parrain of the Gospel Train Workshop of France.

Currently, he is the Supervisor of Information Management and Technology Services for the City of Baker School System, Co-Director of Music at Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church and Director of Gospel Choirs at Louisiana State University. This former interim pastor of Progressive Baptist Church and executive director of VSA Louisiana, Inc. is also a lifetime member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity and Mu Phi Epsilon International Music Fraternity.

He is married to Dr. Barbara Thomas Parker. Together, as Parker & Parker Professionals, LLC, they actively share in church ministries and educational consultations in the states and abroad. They have four sons: Everrett II, Evin, Erin, and Erik.

For more information Contact: Coordinator, Alvin J. Cavalier at 225-344-4888 or Shiloh’s Office Manager, Lois Knockum Fuller at the 225-343-0640.