Oboist William Parrish has participated in the Sarasota Music Festival, Los Angles Philharmonic Institute, Music Academy of the West, and the Spoleto Festival. He was a finalist in the 1989 Concert Artist Guild auditions and a prizewinner in the 1988 Lucarelli International Oboe Competition at Carnegie Hall. He was a founding member and played oboe and English horn with the Chamber Music Society of Charleston (S.C.) for three years.
For ten years he served as the associate director of the Pre-College Division at Juilliard School where he also coached wind chamber music. He has performed with the Delaware Symphony, Concerto Soloists of Philadelphia, New Jersey Symphony, the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra, San Francisco Lyric Opera, and the San Francisco Symphony.
Bill is currently principal oboe with the Roanoke Symphony Orchestra, Opera Roanoke, and Opera on the James. He has also played the English horn with the Honolulu Symphony Orchestra.
He maintains a private teaching studio in Lynchburg drawing students from all of the state.
Bill received his musical training from Carnegie Mellon University, Philadelphia College of Performing Arts, and Cincinnati College Conservatory of Music. His primary teachers were Robert Bloom, Harry Sargous, John Ferrillo, and Elaine Douvas.