MARK D. PETERING (b. 1973)
"…bucolic…the piece churned…"
The New York Times
Mark D. Petering (b. 1973, Milwaukee, WI) is a composer whose music has been described as “compelling . . . built of interesting textures . . . clever and vivid . . .” (Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel). The recipient of honors and awards from organizations such as ASCAP, National Federation of Music Clubs, and National Guild of Community Schools of the Arts, he has won the Swan Composer Prize for wind ensemble – for The Swimming Pool, a work influenced by the Matisse mural – and the Music Festival of the Hamptons Composition Contest – for Train & Tower for chamber orchestra and tape. In July 2003, Mr. Petering and conductor Lukas Foss made music history as they coordinated the performance of this latter piece with a donated Long Island Rail Road train at the festival grounds in Bridgehampton, Long Island, New York, an event which was covered by The New York Times, NPR, and the BBC.
Performances of Petering’s music have taken place across the United States, in Turkey and Eastern Europe. His acoustic works have been played by the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra; Milwaukee Youth Symphony Orchestra; Seattle Philharmonic Orchestra; Czech National Symphony; Atlantic Chamber Orchestra; and Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra; University of Minnesota Wind Ensemble; and have been presented at the Washington Island and Aspen Music Festivals as well as the Music Festival of the Hamptons. His electronic compositions have been heard in Istanbul, Bucharest, Brooklyn, New York City, Minnesota, and Ohio. Commissions for Petering’s work have come from organizations such as the Milwaukee Chamber Orchestra, Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra League, Washington Island Music Festival, PieperPower Foundation; and individuals, including first violinist of the Philadelphia Orchestra, Jason De Pue, Metropolitan Opera mezzo-soprano Malin Fritz, and pianist Jacob Surdell. Mark Petering’s music is recorded on the Albany, Capstone, and Zebrina Records labels.
A member of ASCAP and Director of Music Theory/Composition and Technology at Carthage College, one hour north of Chicago, Mark Petering has served as guest composer of the Washington Island Music Festival and has participated in the Aspen Music Festival, where he studied with George Tsontakis. At the University of Minnesota, from which he received his Ph.D. in composition, he studied with Judith Lang Zaimont. (Petering’s doctoral dissertation is the first American concerto for Bayan [Russian accordion], written for Bayanist Stas Venglevski). A graduate of Luther College (B.A.) and Bowling Green State University (M.M.), Petering’s teachers have included Samuel Adler, Burton Beerman Wallace Depue, John Downey, and Marilyn Shrude, among others. In his spare time, he enjoys watercolor and lithography, as well as swimming, basketball and golf.
Mark Petering’s website may be found at www.markpetering.com.