Anastasia (Stacey) Parker, praised for her “voluptuous tonal hues” and “nuanced phrasing” by the South Florida Classical Review, joined the San Antonio Symphony in the fall of 2011. Since then she has enjoyed performing with Camerata San Antonio and The Mid-Texas Symphony, as well as coaching students in the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio and Trinity University’s Symphony Orchestra. Prior to her appointment with the symphony, she was a fellow at the New World Symphony in Miami Beach, Florida, where she often sat as concertmaster and collaborated in multiple chamber music concerts during her tenure.
Anastasia has recorded and toured with the Pittsburgh Symphony, taking her across Europe and Asia. During her time in Pittsburgh, she was a member of the tango ensemble, Tangueros De Ley, which allowed her to follow her passion for tango to Argentina in the summer of 2009. There she performed and taught classically, while immersed in the milongas and Pugliese-inspired bands of Buenos Aires. Anastasia also enjoys contemporary music, and aside from Piazzolla projects, she has appeared as a soloist playing David Stock’s The Philosopher’s Stone and a staged version of William Bolcom’s Orphée Serenade.
During the summer months, Anastasia has performed with the Strings Music Festival in Steamboat Springs, Colorado, Sunflower Music Festival in Topeka, Kansas, and the National Repertory Orchestra in Breckenridge, Colorado where she was featured as a soloist. She has collaborated with artists such as Andrés Cárdenes, Anne Williams, Rebecca Albers and David Allen Wehr.
Anastasia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Music Education and Performance from Duquesne University, where she studied violin with Rachel and Charles Stegeman, and a Master of Music degree in Violin Performance from Carnegie Mellon University, under the tutelage of Andrés Cárdenes. Aside from music, she has an affinity for horses and the art, and sport, of dressage.