Stefan Parkman holds the Eric Ericson professorship in choral conducting at Uppsala University. Since January 2010 he is appointed Director cantorum at the University.
He was conductor of the Boys’ Choir of Uppsala Cathedral 1974-89 and director of the Royal Philharmonic Chorus in Stockholm 1985-93. Since 1983 he is the conductor of the Academy Chamber Choir of Uppsala (UAK).
1989-2002 Stefan Parkman was Chief Conductor of the Danish National Radio Choir. With this ensemble he made numerous CD recordings on the Chandos label. 2002-2005 Stefan Parkman was Chief Conductor of the Swedish Radio Choir.
Since September 2014, he is Chief Conductor of the WDR Radio Choir, Cologne, Germany.
As a freelance conductor Parkman appears with numerous symphony orchestras and ensembles in Scandinavia, including the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra and the Royal Opera in Stockholm. He regularly conducts a great number of professional choirs in Europe and USA including Rundfunkchor Berlin, RIAS Kammerchor, Berlin, Chor des Bayerischen Rundfunks, Munich, NDR Chor, Hamburg, MDR Rundfunkchor, Leipzig, Netherlands Radio Choir, Hilversum, Nederlands Kamerkoor, Amsterdam, Choeur de Radio France, Paris and Trinity Choir, New York.
Apart from the regular duties as professor and conductor, Stefan Parkman also frequently teaches at masterclasses and workshops in Sweden and abroad. As a singer he often appears as tenor soloist (primarily the Evangelist parts) in baroque oratorios and passions.
In 1997 Stefan Parkman was made Knight of the Dannebrog by Queen Margrethe II of Denmark.
In 1998 he was elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Music, serving as Vice Preses since 2016.
In 2012 Stefan Parkman received the The Litteris et Artibus Medal from the hands of H. M. The King Carl XVI Gustaf.