Division: Instrumental Conducting & Ensembles
Position: Associate Director Performance, Division Coordinator, Professor
Office: E-485A HFAC
Don L. Peterson was appointed Director of Bands at Brigham Young University and conductor of the Wind Symphony in 2008. Under his direction, the BYU Wind Symphony has completed highly successful tours to Asia (South Korea, Japan and Mongolia) in both 2009 and 2015, as well as Europe (Germany, The Netherlands, Belgium, and France) in 2012. During that time, the Wind Symphony has also given invited performances for the CBDNA (College Band Directors National Association) Western Regional Conference and the National Convention of the American Bandmasters Association. During the twenty-two years prior to his appointment as director of bands, Dr. Peterson served as associate director of bands, professor of music education, and director of the cougar marching band.
He received both his Bachelor and Master of Music degrees in music education from Brigham Young University, followed by a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in instrumental music/conducting from Arizona State University. During his nine years as director at American Fork High School, the concert, marching, and jazz bands were recipients of numerous awards and recognitions.
His publications include articles in both Bandworld magazine and Band Director’s Guide. He has also been involved in the research of Russian band music. In 2005, he published an interactive DVD for the study of “Instrumental Rehearsal Techniques”—designed to aid in the development of both prospective music educators and younger professionals. Dr. Peterson is an active member of NAfME, UMEA, NBA and was elected to the prestigious American Bandmasters Association in 2011. He maintains a very active schedule as adjudicator, clinician, and guest conductor—activities that have taken him to twenty-one states and twenty countries.
DMA, Instrumental Music and Conducting, Arizona State University
MM, Music Education, Brigham Young University
BM, Music Education, Brigham Young University