Peter Jarvis (b. 1959)

Jarvis, Peter (b. 1959)

As director of the highly acclaimed New Jersey Percussion Ensemble Peter Jarvis is active as a percussionist, conductor, educator, composer and administrator. Over the years he has played with and conducted many of the major new music groups in New York and New Jersey including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Group for Contemporary Music, Talujon Percussion Quartet, The New York Art Ensemble and countless others including several distinguished orchestras and choruses. Jarvis has performed well over 100 premiers including works composed for him and his ensemble by Charles Wuorinen and Milton Babbitt among others.

As conductor he has appeared as a guest on the San Francisco Symphony's New and Unusual Music Series, with St. Luke's Chamber Ensemble, The Group for Contemporary Music, as a founding member of both Ensemble21, the Cygnus Festival Orchestra and any number of others.

His extensive touring has brought him to Asia, Russia, Canada, Mexico and throughout the United States presenting concerts, solo recitals and master classes. Jarvis has appeared as a soloist for numerous new music festivals including the Europe Asia Festival in Kazan Russia, The Hong Kong Arts Festival in Hong Kong and Taiwan and as a guest of the ISCM League of Composers in New York. He has performed for Radio Denmark, PBS, Russian and Hong Kong television and WNYC radio in New York. His recordings can be heard on Nonesuch, CRI, Koch International, Composers Guild of New Jersey, October Music (for ECM), Capstone, NAXOS, and Gram recording labels among others. His compositions are published by Calabrese Brothers Music, LLC and he is a member of BMI.

Jarvis is on the faculty of William Paterson University, Connecticut College and Westchester Community College. His teaching at the three schools includes: teaching percussion and theory, conducting chamber music and directing the New Music Series.

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Peter Jarvis


Solo for Two Kick Drums (2007) - Double Bass Drum Solo
Metallic Music (2005) - Solo Gongs (6)
The Snares of Time (2005) - Solo Snare Drum
Extreme Measures (2005) - Solo Marimba
Four Plus Three (2003) - Solo Drum Set
Pitched Drums (1999) - Solo Timpani
Seven at Seven (1998) - Solo Vibraphone