Peter Mowrey

Peter Mowrey

Professor - Music [On Leave 2019-2020]

Office: Scheide 205
Phone: 330-263-2049
Pronouns: He/Him/His


  • Bachelor of Music (Piano Performance), University of Georgia, 1989
  • Master of Music (Composition), University of Georgia, 1991
  • Doctor of Music (Composition), Indiana University, 1995

Areas Taught

  • Composition (acoustic and electronic)
  • Piano
  • Music Theory
  • Music Technology
  • Rock Music

Music Biography

Peter Mowrey is a composer and pianist who has taught in the Music Department at the College of Wooster since 1997. His compositions include works for solo piano, chamber ensemble, electronics, and staged pieces, including the electronic opera Sangreal (premiered at Wooster in April, 2016) and the modern dance piece The Masks of God: An Homage to Joseph Campbell. As a pianist, Mowrey specializes in ensemble playing; for example, he has performed César Franck’s Symphonic Variations with the University of Georgia Symphony Orchestra, Joan Tower’s Black Topaz on live radio, and Peter Maxwell Davies’ Missa super l’homme armé at the Spoleto festival in Charleston. Currently he plays 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, gave the inaugural concert of the Columbia College President’s Chamber Music Series in 2013, and performed as a featured ensemble at the National Flute Association’s annual meeting in San Diego in 2016. As a soloist, Mowrey is currently working on a recording of the complete solo piano works of Dmitri Kabalevsky.

In recent years, Mowrey has also written dozens of arrangements for classic rock artists performing with orchestral backing, including Jon Anderson of Yes, Styx (arrangements published on the One with Everything CD and DVD), Donnie Iris, Billy Jonas, Jefferson Starship, and others. These arrangements have been performed by the original artists accompanied by various orchestras in the United States, Europe, and South America, and broadcast worldwide on HDTV.

Mowrey is also the author of Award Winning Films: A Viewer’s Reference to 2700 Acclaimed Motion Pictures (McFarland & Company, 1994).