Peter J. Durow
Location: Minnesota, USA
Peter J. Durow has taught both at the secondary and University levels and has also worked as a church musician in Minnesota, Texas, Indiana, Florida, New York and Missouri. He was most recently the Director of Choral Activities and Assistant Professor at Southeast Missouri State University in Cape Girardeau, Missouri where he conducted three major choral ensembles, supervised student teachers, and taught classes in beginning and advanced conducting, choral literature, choral methods, and music appreciation. Dr. Durow has also served on the music faculty at Stetson University in DeLand, Florida and SUNY Potsdam’s Crane School of Music.
Durow has conducted such major works as Mendelssohn’s Elijah; Rutter’s Gloria and Te Deum; Britten’s Ceremony of Carols; Saint-Saëns’ Christmas Oratorio; numerous Bach Cantatas (No. 80, 86, 106, 133, 140, and 142); Lauridsen’s Lux Aeterna; the Brahms Requiem; the Fauré Requiem; Shubert’s Mass in G; Mozart’s Vesperae solennes de Confessore K339; Mulholland’s Three 17th Century English Lyrics; Handel’s Messiah; Haydn’s Harmoniemesse; Perry’s Blest Pair of Sirens; Vaughan William’s Five Mystical Songs; and the Vivaldi Gloria. Dr. Durow has also prepared choirs for a masterclass performance with Cantus and for such notable conductors as Robert Ray (Gospel Mass) and Craig Jessop.
Well known as an active composer and arranger of choral music, Peter has written for public school mixed and treble choirs, professional choirs, church choirs, men’s choruses and children’s choirs. His music has won awards with the San Francisco Choral Artists and the Longfellow Chorus of Portland, Maine. His music has been commissioned for premier performances in Carnegie Hall, the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, and the Missouri Music Educators Conference. His compositions and arrangements are published in the Henry Leck Choral Series and Rodney Eichenberger Choral Series with Colla Voce Music, LLC. Additional compositions and arrangements are published and available with Heritage Music Press and MusicSpoke.
Durow received his Ph.D. in Choral Conducting / Choral Music Education from Florida State University. His earlier studies include a M.M. in Conducting from Butler University, a B.M. in Vocal Music Education from Augsburg College and an A.A. in Liberal Arts from Bethany Lutheran College. Peter lives with his wife, Jodi, and their two children in Osseo, Minnesota.