Clyde T. Parker received his Bachelor of Music from Howard University where he graduated cum laude. In 1963 he obtained a Masters in Music also from Howard. During his years at Howard, he served as a student accompanist for the choir under the directorships of Warner Lawson and Evelyn White, also performing at Avery Fisher Hall, and Symphony Hall in Chicago.
After receiving his Masters degree, he taught applied piano and served as the organist at Rankin Chapel, from 1963 to 1991. Between 1972 through 1975, he played classical music at the first Black owned restaurant in downtown DC, Chez Brown. Clyde began his tenure as organist with Peoples Church under choir director Evelyn White.
He was also the pianist for Mattiwilda Dobbs, LeRoy Dorsey, and Regina McConnell. In 2010, he received a plaque and honorarium from the Music Aid Circle and the Music and Arts Committee at Peoples Church. He has presented various concerts over the years at both Peoples Church and Howard University. In 2009, he was the featured organist on a CD sponsored by the Peoples Jazz Society. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda Honorary Music Society and Phi Mu Alpha Music Fraternity..