Pit orchestras – Tips and tricks to survive (and even enjoy) your musical theatre production
7th Oct 2018 11:30 am - 12:30 pm
Dr Peter Morris is the Senior Lecturer in Conducting and Head of Ensembles at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University. He is the resident conductor of the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra and is the Program Director for Postgraduate Music Studies. Each year Peter teaches approximately 50 conducting students ranging from his doctoral, masters and undergraduate programs. Peter completed his doctoral studies in conducting at UCLA, and has held teaching positions at American universities in California, Texas and Colorado. Prior to immigrating to Australia in 2002, he performed in the US and internationally on trumpet and as a conductor in a wide variety of genres from Baroque orchestras to commercial session work in Los Angeles for film and Television. He has played for and musically-directed numerous professional musical theatre productions in Los Angeles and touring shows in Asia. Locally, he is respected as a music educator, guest conductor and inspiring clinician for young musicians. Over the past 15 years in Australia, he has led ABODA conducting summer schools and numerous professional development seminars across the country. He has worked with the Queensland Music Festival on important large-scale cultural projects, and enjoys conducting orchestral recording sessions for local film and TV. In late 2017, Peter conducted the QSO’s soundtrack recording to the new Australian film The Second, and will lead the orchestra again for the QSO WAVE project, in collaboration with celebrated electronic music performers, The Kite String Tangle. Peter is an advocate for commissioning new works and re-imagining existing musical structures, and has an enthusiasm for exploring exciting collaborations to create performances that matter.