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Peter Mowrey

Peter Mowrey

Professor of Music - Department Chair

Department/Affiliation: Music
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. 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 collaborated with Wooster faculty members Carrie deLapp Culver and Denise Rotavera-Krain in a program of Eastern European chamber music, featuring works by Béla Bartók, Sergei Rachmaninoff, Otar Taktakishvili, Petr Eben, Fikret Amirov, and Carmen Petra-Basacopol.  Mowrey's compositions include Toccata for piano, the national runner-up in the MTNA Collegiate Composition Contest (1990); a sextet for mixed ensemble which won the Philip Slates Composition Contest in 1994; The Hero's Journey, a six-movement piano piece in honor of Joseph Campbell; and many chamber works and electronic compositions, including The Masks of God: An Homage to Joseph Campbell, for electronics and dancers. His most recent major composition is Sangreal, a two-act opera for seven singers and electronic orchestra, the first act of which was premiered at the Cleveland Ingenuity Festival in late September, 2010, and which will receive its full premiere in the Fall of 2014.  Mowrey's Night Falls in the Garden of the Hesperides will also be 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 (CD and DVD forthcoming), and Jon Anderson of Yes (CD and DVD forthcoming), 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).