Conductor Troy Peters is equally at home with pops repertoire or educational concerts, classical masterworks or world premieres. He has served as Music Director of YOSA (Youth Orchestras of San Antonio) since 2009. Previously Music Director of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra, Middlebury College Orchestra, Texas State University Orchestra, and Vermont Youth Orchestra, he has been a popular and acclaimed guest conductor with many groups, including the Oregon Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, and Vermont Symphony Orchestra. He led the world premiere CD recording of Daron Hagen’s Masquerade with violinist Jaime Laredo, cellist Sharon Robinson, and the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, released by Bridge Records in November 2011. He has also gained acclaim for his orchestral collaborations with rock musicians, including Blind Pilot, Jon Anderson (of the band Yes) and Trey Anastasio (of the band Phish), with whom he worked on two albums on Elektra Records.
His work has been the subject of national media attention from CBS Sunday Morning, National Public Radio’s Weekend Edition, and The New Yorker. Among the soloists with whom Peters has collaborated are Midori, Richard Stoltzman, Edgar Meyer, Horacio Gutiérrez, Daniel Bernard Roumain (DBR), and Soovin Kim. He has been honored with eight ASCAP Awards for Adventurous Programming of Contemporary Music and has conducted more than three dozen world premieres. Vermont Governor James Douglas recognized his contribution to the state’s cultural life by proclaiming April 17, 2005, as “Troy Peters Day” in Vermont, and he was also awarded a Vermont Arts Council Citation of Merit in 2009. Among Peters’ other past conducting positions are posts with the Philadelphia Youth Orchestra, the Pacific Chamber Soloists, and Perpetuum Mobile. A popular lecturer, he has presented pre-concert talks for the Philadelphia Orchestra, Carnegie Hall, the Vermont Symphony Orchestra, and the San Antonio Symphony; he was also an on-air host for Vermont Public Radio. He holds degrees from the Curtis Institute of Music and the University of Pennsylvania.
Peters is also active as a composer, where his honors include the Charles Ives Scholarship from the American Academy of Arts and Letters and grants from Meet the Composer and the Rockefeller Foundation. Many groups have commissioned his music, including the Philadelphia Singers, Vermont Symphony Orchestra, Saint Michael’s College, Vermont Contemporary Music Ensemble, and Social Band. His primary compositional mentors were Ned Rorem and George Crumb. A versatile instrumentalist, Peters not only plays the viola, but has also performed on tenor banjo and electric guitar with symphony orchestras. Born in 1969 in Greenock, Scotland (of American parents), Peters grew up in Tacoma, Washington, and lives in San Antonio with his wife and two children.