Hugh Parsons holds a Bachelor of Music from the U. of Toronto as well as a Masters in Jazz Education from the U. of Victoria. He currently lives in Kelowna, B.C., Canada where he has been able to pursue a career which has offered a satisfying blend as educator (secondary school and university), festival adjudicator, performer and composer. Mr. Parsons has performed extensively in the Pacific Northwest; he has conducted and composed for symphony orchestra, has received awards and publishing contracts for a large number of his jazz and pop compositions.
He has now retired from teaching in the public school system, where for the past 9 years, he has served as one of the music directors at Kelowna Secondary School. One of his newest efforts is teaching private jazz piano lessons at the Kelowna Community Music School. Hugh continues to be very active in the areas of festival adjudication, music composition and performing.