Since 1998, Jonathan Parrish has been Assistant Principal/Utility Horn with the Honolulu Symphony, where he has also held one-year positions as Second Horn, Associate Principal and Principal Horn. He was previously Assistant Principal Horn for four seasons at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, DC. Other previous positions include Principal Horn in the Harrisburg Symphony and National Chamber Orchestra, Capital Brassworks, and the Baltimore Horn Quartet. He is a graduate of the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University and James Madison University and has performed with the Baltimore, National, New Haven, Roanoke, Fairfax, and Richmond symphonies, as well as the Orquesta Filarmonica de la UNAM in Mexico City. In 1987 Mr. Parrish was chosen by horn soloist and conductor Barry Tuckwell to be Principal Horn with the Maryland Symphony, a position he held for six seasons. During 1991 and 1992, he toured with the Atlantic Brass Quintet for Columbia Artists Management. From 1993-1998 he was on the faculty of Towson University in Maryland and performed with the Towson Fine Arts Wind Quintet and the Towson University Faculty Brass Quintet.
Mr. Parrish was a founding member of the Washington Symphonic Brass and has played for a number of Broadway shows including Phantom of the Opera, Beauty and the Beast, and the King and I at the Kennedy Center, Man of La Mancha in Baltimore, Into the Woods in Washington, and the Broadway production of Jekyll and Hyde in New York City. Other New York activities have included The Music Festival of the Hamptons, Washington Square Summer Music Festival, and Rutgers' Summerfest. In Honolulu, he performs with Chamber Music Hawaii's Spring Wind Quintet, with which he has toured Hawaii and internationally. He is also General Manager of Chamber Music Hawaii and has served as the Honolulu Symphony Musicians' elected representative to the board of the Honolulu Symphony Society.
Recordings include a CD of music by Handel performed on original instruments with the Ama Deus Ensemble, a CD of chamber music entitled The Clarinet in the Age of the Enlightenment with clarinetist Charles Stier, and the Grammy-nominated Honolulu Symphony Pops CD The Last Concert with Rosemary Clooney.
Mr. Parrish has studied with John Cryder, Peter Landgren, Dave Bakkegard, Sylvia Alamena, Jim Thatcher, Dave Krehbiel, Meir Ramon, Dale Clevenger, Greg Hustis, and Froydis Ree Wekre.
In addition to his performing activities, Mr. Parrish is an accomplished Horn craftsman. He performs on a McCracken horn, which he built himself as an apprentice to George McCracken.