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Conducting Profile of Gordon B. Peters

I. MORTON HIGH SCHOOL, CICERO, ILLINOIS: (1945-49)
    A. Conversation with DIMITRI MITROPOLOUS, Music Director, MINNEAPOLIS SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: "Maestro, I am interested in conducting. Do you have any suggestions?" DM: "Well, young man, there are the "Talented," "The Genius," and "The Gift." Unless you fall into the latter category, I would not consider a conducting career" (paraphrased).
    B. Instrumental Department Head, LOUIS M. BLAHA, allowed me to conduct a short work with the string players of the orchestra.
    Choral Department Head, Cornelius Kickert, allowed me to conduct a work with the chorus at rehearsal.
    
II. NORTHWESTERN SCHOOL OF MUSIC (1949-1950)
    Observations of conductors on the faculty:
    A. HERMAN FELBER, orchestra
    B. GLENN CLIFF BAINEM, band
    C. CLAIR OMAR MUSSER, marimba ensemble
    
III. UNITED STATES MILITARY BAND at WEST POINT (1950-1953)
    A. Conducting lessons with ROBERT COLE, bassoonist
    B. Allowed to conduct the band in rehearsal of my transcription of the first movement of the Antonin Dvorak SYMPHONY No. 4 (later #8) in G major
    C. Observations of conductors of the band:
        1. Captain (later Major) Francis E. Resta
        2. Lieutenant Barry drews
        3. Lieutenant Robert J. Dvorak
        4. Warrant Officer Lynn Arison
        
IV. PIERRE MONTEUX SCHOOL FOR CONDUCTORS (1952-1963: ten of these summers)
    Month-long studies.Awarded the MONTEUX DISCIPLESHIP AWARD In 1962 (the eleventh, and last, so named pupil)
    
V. EASTMAN SCHOOL OF MUSIC (1953-1959)
    A. Conducting Teachers:
        1. Paul White (5 years)
        2. Herman Genhart (5 years)
    B. Conductor: PHI MU ALPHA WIND GROUP (1956-57)
    C. Founder/Conductor: MARIMBA MASTERS (1954-59)
    
VI. SABBATICAL "FILL-IN" VACANCIES (half-time positions):
    A. Director of Instrumental Music Program, "Kodak" District, 4 Elementary Schools, ROCHESTER BOARD OF EDUCATION (NY) (1956-57)
    B. Director of Choral Music Program, GENESCO STATE TEACHERS COLLEGE, (SUNY), Geneseo, NY (1957-58)
    
VII. CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA, PRINCIPAL PERCUSSIONIST, ASSOCIATE TIMPANIST (1959-2001)
    A. CONDUCTOR/ADMINISTRATOR: CIVIC ORCHESTRA OF CHICAGO, Training Orchestra of the CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (1966-87)
    B. Observations of MUSIC DIRECTORS: FRITZ REINER, JEAN MARTINON, GEORG SOLTI, DANIEL BARENBOIM, plus guest conductors (e.g.: Claudio Abbado, Carlo Maria Giulini)
    C. RAVINIA FESTIVAL (summer home of the CHICAGO SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA)
    Observations of MUSIC DIRECTORS: WALTER HENDL, SEIJI OZAWA, JAMES LEVINE, plus guest conductors (e.g.: Pierre Monteux, Eduard Van Beinum, Istvan Kertesz).
    
VIII. OTHER ORCHESTRAS AS PERCUSSIONIST:
    A. GRANT PARK SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (1954-1958) (Chicago Park District), Principal Percussionist (NICOLAI MALKO, Music Director)
    B. ROCHESTER (NY) PHILHARMONIC (1954-59) (ERICH LEINSDORF, Music Director)
    C. Observations of above mentioned Music Directors plus guest conductors.
    
IX. OTHER CONDUCTOR AFFILIATIONS:
    A. MUSIC DIRECTOR, ELMHURST SYNPHONY ORCHESTRA (1968-1973)
    B. ASSISTANT CONDUCTOR, YOUTH ORCHESTRA OF GREATER CHICAGO (1960-1980)
    
X. GUEST CONDUCTING ENGAGEMNENTS:
    A. OAK PARK/RIVER FOREST SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA (1962)
    B. UNITED STATES AIR FORCE BAND, WASHINGTON D.C. (Constitution Hall) (1983)
    C. BANGOR, MAINE SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA: WERNER TORKANOWSKY MEMORIAL CONCERT (1993)
    D. Conductor and Coach, Marimba Ensemble: WINTHROP UNIVERSITY, S.C. (2008)
    
XI. SCORE STUDIES IN CONNECTION WITH TRANSCRIBING SYMPHONIC, OPERATIC, AND BALLET SCORES FOR MARIMBA ENSEMBLE (Six Mallet Players, plus String Bass) (2006 to present)

 

XII. CONDUCTORS GUILD 2012 ANNUAL CONVENTION (CHICAGO, ILLINOIS), January 6th, GUEST SPEAKER: "INTERPRETATION, THE METRONOME AND ACOUSTICS OF AN ORCHESTRA"