Please direct any website-related questions or issues to the SVCC Webmaster.   Last Update: 2/8/2018 SVCC Artistic Director JIM R. PARR, JR., is a Sacramento native.  He received his Bachelor of Music in Voice (1985); K-12 Music Teaching Credential (1987); Special Education Teaching Credential-Severely Handicapped (1994); and Master's in Education- Special Project, using performing arts to integrate persons with disabilities into the communities in which they live (2000); all from California State University, Sacramento. Jim has been a member of the Sacramento Gay Men's Chorus since 1987 and has been involved in GALA choruses (international Gay and Lesbian Association of Choruses) since 1989.  He started the Chambers Mixed Ensemble, DIVA (Diverse Individuals Vocalizing Affirmatively), and currently is co-directing Small Difference LGBT Mixed Chorus.  Jim is currently a music specialist with the San Juan Unified School District, working with special needs and full inclusion students at Ralph Richardson Center and Starr King K-12. Jim believes that music is a lifelong gift and a language that crosses all barriers to both heal, and change for the better, the community in which we live. SVCC Accompanist JASON SIA Lauded for his eloquently expressive depth of interpretation and seamless techniques, Concert Pianist Jason Sia, has enthralled audiences with his emotionally-filled performances. Mr. Sia's upcoming solo piano recital engagement in Sacramento will be at the Setzer Auditorium for the Crocker Art Museum Classical Concert Series on Sunday at 3pm, March 13th, 2016, with program inspired by the artworks of Andy Warhol.     He frequently performs solo recitals in the Northern California region and has performed solo piano concerts with high accolades and that were described as a tour de force for the "Music at Noon" Concert Series at Westminster Presbyterian Church in Sacramento, the Manteca Kindred Arts Concert Association at the St. Paul United Methodist Church in Manteca, the "1st & 3rd Thursdays" Event Series at the Haggin Museum in Stockton, the St. James Concert Series at the St. James Episcopal Church in Sonora, and the Trinity Chamber Concerts Series at the Trinity United Methodist Church in Berkeley. Mr. Sia's repertoire as a solo performer and a concerto soloist spans the Baroque works of Bach, Handel, and Scarlatti, the Classical repertoire of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, the Romantic literature of Schubert, Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Tchaikovsky, Schumann, and Rachmaninoff, and on to the 20th century compositions of Debussy, Ravel, Prokofiev, Bartok, Copland, Corigliano, and Bolcom. Currently, Mr. Sia is the pianist for the Sacramento Valley Concert Choir. As an avid chamber music artist and piano accompanist, he is a frequent collaborator with musicians from the Sacramento Philharmonic, Auburn Symphony, Folsom Lake Symphony, CSUS Symphony, and the Camellia Symphony Orchestra. (more)