Peter Jarvis

Peter Jarvis

Adjunct Associate Professor of Music

Joined Connecticut College: 2008

B.A., M.M., William Paterson University



Chamber music

Over the years Peter Jarvis, an active percussionist, conductor, composer, copyist and educator, has played with and conducted new music and percussion ensembles in New York, New Jersey and elsewhere including the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the Group for Contemporary Music, Talujon Percussion Quartet, The New York Art Ensemble and others including several distinguished orchestras and choruses.

With Connecticut College since 2008, Peter Jarvis has a bachelor of arts degree in music, performance concentration and a master's of music in music education from William Paterson University.

Jarvis has performed over 100 premiers including works composed for him and the New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, which he directs, by Milton Babbitt and Charles Wuorinen among dozens of other American and international composers.

Calabrese Brothers Music (CBM) and the Composers Guild of New Jersey have commissioned several dozen solo pieces for Jarvis, which are published, by CBM, in anthologies of Vibraphone, Timpani and Drum Set music. 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, as a founding member of both Ensemble21, the Cygnus Festival Orchestra and several others.

His extensive touring has brought him to Asia, Canada, Mexico, Russia and throughout the United States presenting concerts, solo recitals, clinics 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.

A composer himself, his compositions are published by CBM and he is a member of BMI. In addition to performing Jarvis works as a consultant, editor, proofreader and copyist for several publishers. Having engraved nearly 200 published scores ranging in scope from pop music through complete operas, he has worked on the music of Pulitzer Prize winning composers Milton Babbitt, Leonard Bernstein, Elliott Carter, Wayne Peterson and Ned Rorem; he has been George Walker´s exclusive copyist since the mid 1990´s.

His copying work, in text books and scores/parts, is published, by C.F. Peters, Boosey & Hawkes, MMB, Praeger, PEER Music International, Subito, Theodore Presser, Greenwood Press, Seesaw, APNM, CBM and several other publishers in the United States and abroad.

Jarvis is on the faculty of Connecticut College, William Paterson University and SUNY Westchester Community College. His teaching includes academic classes, percussion lessons, coaching and conducting chamber music and directing the new music series at both WPU and Connecticut College.

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Peter Jarvis
Connecticut College
Box #5244
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320


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