— Dr. Buddy Baker,
Legendary Director of Music
at Walt Disney for 28 years
— John Dowdall
Concert guitarist and Co-Founder
of Red Cedar Chamber Music
— Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff,
critically acclaimed choral conductor
and former Professor of Choral Music
at the University of Alberta
— Dr. Robert Gehrenbeck,
Director of Choral Activities at
the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
— Jan Boland,
Concert flutist and Co-Founder
of Red Cedar Chamber Music
— Dr. Christian Tiemeyer
former Music Director of Orchestra Iowa
— Robert Lindsey-Nassif,
Award-winning Broadway composer
My new oboe piece “Sketches of Scotland for Oboe and Piano” was recently premiered by oboist Dr. Courtney Miller and pianist Dr. Minji Kwon. Each of the four movements is inspired by the natural beauty of Scotland ("Whispering Mists," "Revelry Before the Storm," Enchanted Garden," and "Majestic Crags)." It will soon be listed on my website and be available for purchase.
I'm excited that my new violin sonata will be premiered in the near future by the world-renowned Avita Duo, which comprises violinist Katya Moeller and pianist Dr. Ksenia Nosikova.
Also, I'm looking forward to collaborating with bassoonist Benjamin Coelho and pianist Dr. Alan Huckleberry on a bassoon sonata I've written for them.
And I have many other chamber pieces in the works, including a flute sonata, a clarinet sonata, a cello sonata, and a wind trio. Stay tuned!
I'm excited to announce a new Christmas Suite for Flute, Viola, and Guitar! This charming set of 6 carol arrangements has been published by ALRY Publications, and is now available for purchase directly from ALRY. You can learn more about this suite and hear sound clips here.
I recently completed a new Collection of Eleven Art Songs for Soprano or Mezzo Soprano, which I hope to premiere later this year.
These songs feature original settings of poems by Shakespeare, John Fletcher, and Christina Rossetti. I created a wide diversity of moods and styles among the songs, but the unifying theme in all of them is a sense of theatrical drama! Each song has a soprano and mezzo soprano version to choose from.
I was honored to have my holiday piece “Behold a Simple, Tender Babe” premiered by the world-renowned ensemble Chanticleer. It would make a lovely addition to your holiday choral concert!
Please explore my many choral works, which feature a great variety of styles, occasions, and difficulty levels.
Comments from choral conductors include: “Peter has a very special gift for writing for the voice, and shows such great attention to the text. Our singers and audiences have thoroughly enjoyed his music!” and “Peter's gloriously spun out melodies go right to the heart, and his harmonies and textures are intriguing to the mind.”
I invite you to consider my latest holiday pops piece, “A Festive Holiday.” It's an exciting orchestral piece, and has been performed to great audience acclaim across the country. It would make a dramatic opening or closing number for your next holiday concert!
“Ding Dong! Merrily on High” and “Go, Tell It on the Mountain!” have been performed by many orchestras and choruses around the country, and “I Saw Three Ships Come Fiddling In” is perfect for groups wishing to feature their violin section — Lexington Symphony even performed it with Irish dancers!
An award-winning documentary film which I wrote the music for has aired multiple times on PBS: “A Friend Indeed: The Bill Sackter Story” is the moving account of a mentally challenged man who became a national hero for the disability community. Click here to explore my music.
I should also mention that my love of film music spills over into my other compositions — a sense of drama and cinematic flair can easily be found in my concert works as well!