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Lowell, Massachusetts     Age 58     Male
Specialties:  Composition
"Peter's musical education has been extensive but its most important aspect was his private instruction in piano and music theory with Dr. Roland Wiggins. Professor Wiggins was instrumental in the development of the Jazz styles of trumpeter Woody Shaw, bassist Cecil McBee, and tenor saxophone giant John Coltrane and has otherwise received specialized training in Flamenco music in Spain, As well as on his own with slide guitar.
Most recently, Peter has completed a (CD) recording entitled '"With Open Eyes". All but two of the pieces were written by Peter, This was recorded in NYC with Pianist Steve Kuhn, Bassist Eddie Gomez, and Drummer Bob Moses. Peter is a musician in constant pursuit of creativity, he challenges himself perpetually to find new innovative compositional and performance techniques. Stylistically, he is a virtual chameleon, taking on the form of whatever style he comes across, compositionally, technically, or in performance, constantly using all music and art to meet his goal."
48 years total experience    30 years teaching experience
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Experience Highlights
Accomplishments and Publications:  CD Recording –– With Open Eyes. Featured artist - Peter O. with Steve Kuhn, Eddie Gomez, Bob Moses, Charlie LaChappelle, and Jerry Bergonzi; Instructional Guitar Book – Guitar Insight: A guide to composition and technique on guitar
Highlighted Performances:  PBS/BBC Theatre Hartford, CT. played contemporary jazz in Real Art Ways, R.A.W.; PBS/BBC Theatre Special included popular and original material with Butch Morris; Saint Patrick’s Cathedral - Washington D.C. Guitar Soloist; Guitar Soloist with the New England Youth Ensemble / Thayer Conservatory – South Lancaster, MA; Artist – working with Oils, Pastels, Encaustic, Acrylic, Clay, Guache / Gouache, Water Color; Private Studies/Workshops with Sophia Spanos Orphanos, Robert Dougl
Peter O's Professional Profile:  Conducted academic research in Embellishments / Symmetry / utilization of computers at the college Level: MIDI instruction, music theory, Composition, using computer software in instruction from the infancy of its development;  I am an expert in Accelerated Music Theory with use of three different platforms on Computer; Hands-on with the first prototype of the Synclavier. Familiar with Studio Vision, Overture, Professional Composer,
University of Massachusetts- Amherst, MA: Bachelor of Arts Degree
Years Attended: 1993 - 1995
Graduated: Yes
University of Augusta, Maine
Years Attended: 1990 - 1992
Graduated: Yes
New England Conservatory- Boston, MA: Piano with Robert Sherwood
Years Attended: 1966 - 1968
Graduated: Yes
School of Contemporary Music- Brookline, MA: Theory, Harmony, Arranging, Composition, Ear Training, Business Management, Rhythmics
Years Attended: 1973 - 1975
Graduated: Yes
Berklee College of Music-Boston, MA
Years Attended: 1964 - 1966
Graduated: Yes
M.C.C. Bedford, MA: Studied Calligraphy / Photography both Color and B&W
Years Attended: 1986 - 1988
Graduated: Yes
Certifications / Licenses
A.A. University of Maine - Augusta
B.A. University of Mass - Amherst, Massachusetts
Notable Teachers
Professor Roland Wiggins
Madame Chaloff
Ted Kotick
Mario Escudero
Archie Shepp
by Andres Segovia to study in Alicante Spain, when Jose Tomas was the assistant director
Additional Information
Languages Spoken: English
I provide group lessons
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