Dr Peter Morris is the Head of Ensembles and Senior Lecturer in Conducting at the Queensland Conservatorium, Griffith University. At the Conservatorium, Peter is responsible for teaching undergraduate and postgraduate conducting, as well as conducting the Symphony Orchestra, Wind Orchestra and Opera Orchestra, in addition to the many other projects that arise. In 2015, in addition to conducting his own concerts, he had the privilege of preparing the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra in Strauss’ An Alpine Symphony, and the Opera Hansel & Gretel for guest conductor, Maestro Johannes Fritsch.
Prior to his full-time appointment at the Conservatorium in 2015, he held the position of Director of Music at Villanova College in Brisbane, and served as the Artistic Director of the Queensland Catholic Schools’ and Colleges’ Music Festival.
Peter is very active as a guest conductor and clinician in Queensland, across Australia and internationally. He has conducted many local orchestras including the Queensland Wind Orchestra, the Queensland Youth Orchestra, the Young Conservatorium Wind Orchestra. In recent years, he has been honoured to be the chief clinician of the acclaimed ABODA (Australian Band and Orchestra Directors Association) Summer Conducting Schools in Melbourne and Perth, and has worked closely with this organisation in Queensland. His work with the Queensland Music Festival has given him the opportunity to share musical moments to the far reaches of Queensland and the Torres Strait on a number of culturally significant projects, including Ailan Kores - a performance on Thursday Island of Bach’s St John Passion with hymns and recitative sung in local dialects of the Torres Strait.
Prior to immigrating to Australia in 2002, Peter 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 performed as a trumpeter backing such artists as Stevie Wonder and Paul Simon, and has played for and musically directed numerous musical theatre productions in Los Angeles and Australian touring shows in Asia. Peter holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts degree in Conducting from UCLA, and has held university teaching positions in America at the University of California Los Angeles, the University of Houston and at Colorado State University.
Peter feels very privileged and humbled to continue to work in the field of music and education, and loves every opportunity to work collaboratively, share experiences and create performances that matter.