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Kyle Peters

COUNTRY:  United States

GROUP:  Eastman Community Music School

Kyle Peters is the percussion instructor at the Eastman Community Music School. He received his Master’s of Music in Performance and Literature, as well as the prestigious Performer’s Certificate, from the Eastman School of Music and his Bachelor’s of Music in Music Education from the Crane School of Music, SUNY Potsdam. 

As a performer, Kyle has gained recognition as a well-rounded percussionist. Kyle is a member of the Rochester Philharmonic percussion section, guest principal percussionist with the Orchestra of Northern New York, and timpanist of the Finger Lakes Opera (’18) and guest percussionist at the Skaneateles Music Festival. He has been a featured soloist with the Rochester Philharmonic Marimba Band, Eastman Percussion Ensemble, Crane Symphony Orchestra and Crane Wind Ensemble. As a chamber musician, Kyle is a member of the Leach | Peters Duo currently performing new works and arrangements for percussion – featured recently on the Eastman Summer Concert Series. He is also a member of the Morizio/Peters Duo, performing and commissioning new works for percussion and saxophone.

Kyle’s education credits include teaching at undergraduate and graduate level at SUNY Potsdam and director of percussion at Crane Youth Music. At the Eastman School of Music, Kyle held a teaching assistantship where he conducted the Chamber Percussion Ensemble, mentored undergraduate students, and taught the percussion methods courses at ESM. He is also the percussion instructor for the New Horizons program through ECMS. 

Kyle has been a featured clinician at both the NYSSMA conference and New York State Band Directors Association symposium and presented masterclasses at the Eastman School of Music and the Crane School of Music at SUNY Potsdam.

His principal teachers have been Michael Burritt, James Ross, Chip Ross, Jim Petercsak, Sean Ritenauer, Ross Karre, Catherine Meunier and Ed Reifel.


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