Craig Parsons

Orchestrating the Future/Conductor – Composer – Keynote Speaker

Craig Parsons, a composer and orchestra conductor, is also a much sought after presenter in corporate communications, leadership and the pursuit of excellence. Mr. Parsons travels nationwide giving executive training seminars and keynote addresses. His combination of musical and comedy experience make him a popular choice for bringing new insights to both personal development and team building. While sharing leadership and life lessons from the world of the classical orchestra conductor, Mr. Parsons’ musical timing and fast wit add excitement and interest to executive retreats and workshops.

Craig Parsons regularly performs at the finest concert halls throughout the nation. Maestro Parsons has conducted symphony orchestras in Milwaukee, Orlando, Boston, Salt Lake City and New Orleans. Additionally, as a musical director/producer he has recorded and performed with a variety of star performers, such as Danny Thomas, George Burns, Broadway star Melba Moore.

Mr. Parsons has also shared the stage with Charles Kuralt in a performance leading the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a concert of his original compositions, arrangements and unique comedy performing.

Equally at home in the world of comedy or classical music, Craig Parsons combines the spontaneity of humor with the discipline of music to offer attendees at his seminars and workshops fresh approaches to personal growth and goal-directed team building.
Equally at home in the world of comedy or classical music, Craig Parsons combines the spontaneity of humor with the discipline of music to offer attendees at his seminars and workshops fresh approaches to personal growth and goal-directed team building.
Mr. Parsons is also an experienced host for corporate events, having interviewed numerous luminaries from the nation’s top CEOs, to politicians such as Newt Gingrich and James Carville, to musicians like Lou Rawls and Loretta Lynn.

Mr. Parsons is also the composer of many choral works, including the best selling, sacred work, "Blessed Are the Children of God" published by the prestigious Hinshaw Publishing. He has recently launched Parsons Studio Press; a publishing company for his choral and orchestral works. Maestro Parsons commanded rave notices for his original music in the Chicago production of Edward Bond's play, "THE SEA". The Chicago Tribune described the score as "...hypnotic and lyrical..." while the Chicago Reader praised it as an "...elegant, new-romantic score which beautifully fulfills the playwright's vision..." To book corporate communication and leadership speaker Craig Parsons call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

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  • Speaking Topics:

    Communication Skills, Creativity, Humor, Leadership, Musician, Teambuilding

  • Travels From:

    Illinois

  • Price:

    $7,500 - $10,000

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Craig Parsons - Sync: Drumming as One

Craig Parsons - Thinking INSIDE the Box

Craig Parsons, a composer and orchestra conductor, is also a much sought after presenter in corporate communications, leadership and the pursuit of excellence. Mr. Parsons travels nationwide giving executive training seminars and keynote addresses. His combination of musical and comedy experience make him a popular choice for bringing new insights to both personal development and team building. While sharing leadership and life lessons from the world of the classical orchestra conductor, Mr. Parsons’ musical timing and fast wit add excitement and interest to executive retreats and workshops.

Craig Parsons regularly performs at the finest concert halls throughout the nation. Maestro Parsons has conducted symphony orchestras in Milwaukee, Orlando, Boston, Salt Lake City and New Orleans. Additionally, as a musical director/producer he has recorded and performed with a variety of star performers, such as Danny Thomas, George Burns, Broadway star Melba Moore.

Mr. Parsons has also shared the stage with Charles Kuralt in a performance leading the Toronto Symphony Orchestra in a concert of his original compositions, arrangements and unique comedy performing.

Equally at home in the world of comedy or classical music, Craig Parsons combines the spontaneity of humor with the discipline of music to offer attendees at his seminars and workshops fresh approaches to personal growth and goal-directed team building.
Equally at home in the world of comedy or classical music, Craig Parsons combines the spontaneity of humor with the discipline of music to offer attendees at his seminars and workshops fresh approaches to personal growth and goal-directed team building.
Mr. Parsons is also an experienced host for corporate events, having interviewed numerous luminaries from the nation’s top CEOs, to politicians such as Newt Gingrich and James Carville, to musicians like Lou Rawls and Loretta Lynn.

Mr. Parsons is also the composer of many choral works, including the best selling, sacred work, "Blessed Are the Children of God" published by the prestigious Hinshaw Publishing. He has recently launched Parsons Studio Press; a publishing company for his choral and orchestral works. Maestro Parsons commanded rave notices for his original music in the Chicago production of Edward Bond's play, "THE SEA". The Chicago Tribune described the score as "...hypnotic and lyrical..." while the Chicago Reader praised it as an "...elegant, new-romantic score which beautifully fulfills the playwright's vision..." To book corporate communication and leadership speaker Craig Parsons call Executive Speakers Bureau 901-754-9404.

ORCHESTRATING THE FUTURE

Craig Parsons is a professional orchestra conductor and composer whose inspiring dynamic speeches have audiences on their feet cheering. 

Craig Parsons’ keynote address, “ORCHESTRATING THE FUTURE” vividly illustrates management and leadership lessons drawn from the world of the classical orchestra conductor, by demonstrating performance techniques live, on stage with audience members. 

Using the analogy of the orchestra and its conductor as a model for business, community and personal life, Maestro Parsons literally illustrates the principles that lead to success. 

The message is consistent, but the speech is never the same twice. 

Why? Because in Craig Parsons’ “ORCHESTRATING THE FUTURE”every member of the audience is involved and some even perform. 

Using the audience members themselves to demonstrate his points, the maestro transforms strangers with no prior training or preparation into a performing group of drummers—using this process to illustrate the techniques of world-class COMMUNICATION, LEADERSHIP and “FOLLOW-SHIP” that produce a harmonious workplace, goal oriented passion and top-line results. 

Building on his, “LEADERSHIP SECRETS OF THE ORCHESTRA CONDUCTOR” Maestro Parsons reveals how we all have an inner need to be both an individual and a team player. 

The keynote features such insights as:

  • How to make GOOD mistakes
  • Thinking “INSIDE” the box for true creativity in the workplace
  • Practicing Excellence at better than 99.9% efficiency
  • Listening musically as the foundation for communicating
  • Achieving perfect sync in reaching goals
  • Me vs. Them?… or… Me and Them!
  • Empowering the group to work without a leader
  • Non-verbal communication—(why email is NOT the best form of communication)
  • Why, differences aside, the “Trumpets” and the “Violins” need each other
  • Experiencing work from the bosses’ point of view

Equally facile in comedy, Craig Parsons’ keynotes are known for their pacing and humor. No one snoozes, everyone participates and insights are gained, not only from hearing, but also from experiencing and observing how each individual and company can be successful in “ORCHESTRATING THE FUTURE!”

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VP Cemex

"A remarkable speech... bravo!"

Chicago Metropolitan Association

"High energy, sharp insight and stunning musicianship made Craig Parsons' seminar a truly energizing and inspiring experience."
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