— Robert Lindsey-Nassif,
Award-winning Broadway composer
— David Michael Wolff,
Principal Conductor of the
— Dr. Buddy Baker,
Legendary Director of Music
at Walt Disney for 28 years
— Dr. Christian Tiemeyer
former Music Director of Orchestra Iowa
— Dr. Robert Gehrenbeck,
Director of Choral Activities at
the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
— Dr. Leonard Ratzlaff,
critically acclaimed choral conductor
and former Professor of Choral Music
at the University of Alberta
— John Dowdall,
Concert guitarist and Co-Founder
of Red Cedar Chamber Music
— Jan Boland,
Concert flutist and Co-Founder
of Red Cedar Chamber Music
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,” “Go, Tell It on the Mountain!” and “O Holy Night” 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!
I studied pops arranging and orchestration with some of the greatest Hollywood legends, including Angela Morley and Irwin Kostal (arranger for “The Sound of Music” and “Mary Poppins”).
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 had many of my orchestral pieces performed in Los Angeles, and I also spent a fair amount of time orchestrating for other film composers.
You can explore some samples of my film-inspired concert music here. (This part of the Listen & Watch page includes samples of both actual film music and programmatic concert music.)
And check out my orchestra music videos on Vimeo! (They appear at the top of the list.)
I'm honored to be working on an exciting “Serenade for String Orchestra and Piano,” which will be premiered in Hancher Auditorium in February 2025 in celebration of the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Preucil School of Music.
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 was honored to write the featured song in Oscar-winning screenwriter Barry Morrow's latest Hollywood film, “All You Ever Wished For.”
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”).
I'm excited that my new violin piece (entitled “Five Pieces for Violin and Piano”) was premiered in July by the world-renowned Avita Duo, which comprises violinist Katya Moeller and pianist Dr. Ksenia Nosikova.
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. You can learn more about this suite and hear sound clips here.
I wrote a large Collection of Art Songs for Soprano or Mezzo Soprano, which will be premiered next spring by the amazing soprano Dr. Rachel Joselson. Her marvelous sense of expression and drama will be a perfect match for these emotionally varied art songs. These songs include a wide variety of moods, styles, and texts (including poets such as Shakespeare, Robert Frost, and Christina Rossetti.) Dr. Joselson and I plan to create a CD of this music after the set is premiered.