Grace B. Dayton Chair
Minnesota native Joseph Peters, who in December 2015 becomes the Minnesota Orchestra’s principal oboe, previously held the same post with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. He has performed as guest principal with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra and the Florida Orchestra, and he has also played with the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Marlboro Music Festival, Lakes Area Music Festival, National Repertory Orchestra and the National Orchestral Institute. For three seasons he was a member of the New World Symphony in Florida.
Peters first appeared with the Minnesota Orchestra at age 18 as a finalist in the Minnesota Idol competition, performing Mozart’s Oboe Concerto. As a soloist, he has also appeared with the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, New World Symphony, Metropolitan Symphony Orchestra and the Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies, of which he is an alumnus.
Also active as a conductor, Peters conducts the Taneycomo Festival Orchestra in Branson, Missouri. He was music director of the SUNY Buffalo State Philharmonia Orchestra and the Saybrook College Orchestra of Yale. He has led a variety of programs at the New World Symphony, including a collaboration with the Miami City Ballet; he recently conducted a performance of Henze’s Kammermusik 1958 at Marlboro Music Festival. His conducting mentors include Michael Tilson Thomas, James Patrick Miller and Toshiyuki Shimada.
Peters, who has long been committed to teaching, was the oboe and conducting instructor at the SoBe Institute of the Arts, and he conducted side-by-side concerts for New World Symphony’s MusicLab program. An advocate of contemporary music, he premiered Aaron Jay Kernis’ On Distant Shores with New York’s RIOULT Dance Company, and he has been involved in numerous other premieres by composers including Jocelyn Hagen, Polina Nazaykinskaya and Samuel Carl Adams.
Peters received a bachelor of music degree from the University of Minnesota and a master of music from Yale University. His teachers include John Snow, Stephen Taylor, Julie Madura and Marilyn Zupnik.