Peter Mowrey

Peter Mowrey

Dean for Faculty Development, Professor of Music - Department Chair

Department/Affiliation: Music, President's Cabinet
Phone: 330-263-2049
Office Address: 209 Scheide


  • Doctor of Music (Composition), Indiana University
  • Master of Music (Composition), University of Georgia
  • Bachelor of Music (Piano), University of Georgia

Courses Taught

  • MUSC 132: Piano
  • MUSC 201: Music Theory III
  • MUSC 209: Electronic Composition
  • MUSC 232: Piano
  • MUSC 308: Acoustic Composition
  • MUSC 309: Electronic Composition
  • Music Technology

Biography, Performance, and Research

Peter Mowrey, composition, piano, music theory, and music technology, Music Department Chairperson. Professor of Music, employed by the College since 1997.  His degrees include a B.Mus. in Piano Performance (1989) and M.M. in Composition (1991) from the University of Georgia, and a D.M. in Composition (1995) from Indiana University.  As a pianist, he has specialized in ensemble playing; for example, Mowrey has performed César Franck's Symphonic Variations with the UGA Orchestra, Joan Tower's Black Topaz on live radio, and Peter Maxwell Davies' Missa super l'homme armé at the Spoleto festival in Charleston. More recently he has participated in a trio (Modern Muse) with Wooster faculty members Carrie Culver and Denise Rotavera-Krain; this group has performed programs of modern works from different areas of the globe, and gave the inaugural concert of the Columbia College President's Chamber Music Series in 2013.  Mowrey's compositions include works for solo piano, chamber ensemble, and electronic compositions, including The Masks of God: An Homage to Joseph Campbell, for electronics and dancers. His most recent large-scale composition is Sangreal, a two-act opera for seven singers and electronic orchestra, which will have its premiere at the College of Wooster on April 14-16, 2016.  Mowrey's Night Falls in the Garden of the Hesperides was also premiered by the Wooster Symphony Orchestra in November, 2013.  In recent years, Mowrey has written more than 25 arrangements for the Contemporary Youth Orchestra of Cleveland, primarily for the rock artists who have performed with the ensemble as part of the ongoing “Rock the Orchestra” program.  These arrangements include works for Styx (published on the One with Everything CD and DVD), Donnie Iris, Billy Jonas, Jefferson Starship, and Jon Anderson of Yes, among others, and have been performed accompanied by various orchestras in the United States, Europe, and South America.  Mowrey is also the author of Award Winning Films: A Viewer's Reference to 2700 Acclaimed Motion Pictures (McFarland & Company, 1994).