Robert Parkins

Robert Parkins

Professor of the Practice in the Department of Music

Organ and Harpsichord

External Address: 
66 Mary Duke Biddle, Durham, NC 27708
Internal Office Address: 
Box 90665, Durham, NC 27708-0665
(919) 660-3315

Robert Parkins is the University Organist and a Professor of the Practice of Music at Duke University. He first assumed the position of Chapel Organist at Duke in 1975, then joined the faculty of the School of Music at Ithaca College in 1982, returning to Duke in 1985.

A graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music and the Yale University School of Music, Dr. Parkins studied organ with Gerre Hancock, Charles Krigbaum, and Michael Schneider, as well as harpsichord with Ralph Kirkpatrick. As a Fulbright scholar he pursued further organ study in Vienna with Anton Heiller.

Dr. Parkins has concertized throughout the United States and Europe as well as in Central America. His organ and harpsichord recordings have appeared on the Calcante, Gothic, Musical Heritage Society, and Naxos labels. Still available are several CDs recorded on the Flentrop, Aeolian, and Brombaugh organs in Duke Chapel, including Early Iberian Organ Music, Brahms: Complete Organ Works, German Romantic Organ Music, Iberian and South German Organ Music, and Organ Music of Frescobaldi. His most recent album, Salome's Dance, recorded on Duke Chapel's Aeolian organ (Loft Recordings, 2019), includes music by late German Romantic and American composers.


  • D.M.A., Yale University 1980

Harpsichord Recital, HKSNA Conference, Vermillion, SD, 5/17/14. Musician. (2014)


Program title: "Late Renaissance Keyboard Music from Iberia." Performed on the anonymous Neapolitan harpsichord (ca. 1530) in the National Music Museum for the annual conference of the Historical Keyboard Society of North America.