Peter Bay

ASO Conductor/Music Director

Peter Bay is the New Music Director and Conductor of The Austin Symphony. He is also currently the Music Director of the Erie Philharmonic and will continue his position there through the 1998-1999 Season. Bay is also Principal Guest Conductor of the Rochester (NY) Philharmonic and Music Director of the Britt Festivals Orchestra in Medford, Oregon.

Mr. Bay has been associated with the Rochester Philharmonic (RPO) since the 1987-88 season, as Assistant Conductor, Conductor-in-Residence and Music Advisor. During his tenure he has conducted the RPO in over 300 performances. Among the first performances he and the RPO have given are the world premiere of Aaron Copland’s suite from the film "The Heiress" and the U.S. premiere of Benjamin Britten’s "Concerto Movement for Clarinet and Orchestra."

During his four-year tenure as Resident Conductor of the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Mr. Bay led the Orchestra in numerous subscription concerts and on tours through eight states. A special Copland 90th Birthday Concert broadcast live over National Public Radio brought him national attention.

Other positions held by Mr. Bay have included Music Director of the Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, Music Advisor and Principal Conductor of the Breckenridge Music Festival in Colorado and four different conducting posts with the Richmond Symphony in Virginia. He and the Richmond Symphony recorded the U.S. premiere performance of Britten’s "The Sword in the Stone" for Opus One Records. His most recent recording, "Voices," features the percussion group, NEXUS, with the Rochester Philharmonic, and can be found on the Nexus CD Label.

In the 1996-1997 season, he returned to the St. Louis Symphony and the Skaneateles Music Festival and made debut appearances with the Tulsa and Buffalo Philharmonics, Sinfonia da Camera and the Grant Park Music Festival. He also conducted the National Orchestral Institute in College Park, MD, in June.

Other guest appearances have included the National, St. Louis, Dallas, Baltimore, New Mexico, North Carolina, Eugene, Louisiana, Syracuse, Virginia, Colorado, Arkansas, Springfield, Hawaii, Richmond and Canton Symphonies, the Minnesota and St. Cecilia (NY) Orchestras, the Hudson Valley and Fort Wayne Philharmonics, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Solisti New York, the Eastman and Aspen Opera Theaters, and the Theater Chamber Players of the Kennedy Center. Summer music festival appearances have included Aspen, OK Mozart (OK), Sewanee (TN) and Skaneateles (NY).

A native of Washington, D.C., Mr. Bay is a graduate of the University of Maryland and the Peabody Institute. In 1994, he was one of two conductors selected to participate in the Leonard Bernstein American Conductors Program. He was also the first-prize winner of the 1980 Baltimore Symphony Orchestra Young Conductors Competition and a prize winner of the 1987 Leopold Stokowski Competition sponsored by the American Symphony Orchestra in New York.

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