Peter J. Evans

Peter EvansMusic Theory

Peter J. Evans is known as a theorist/composer, and a composer/theorist, as well as a lecturer/performer and performer/lecturer.  He received his BA from Skidmore College, and his MM and DMA in Theoretical Studies from New England Conservatory. He has studied with Robert Cogan, Pozzi Escot, Gerald Zaritzky, Joel Brown, Anthony Holland, Deborah Rohr, Charles Joseph, Raymond J. Lamothe and Raymond P. Damien. He has published papers on Edgard Varèse, Frank Zappa, Anthony Philip Heinrich, the Universal Nature of Palindromes, his ‘textual’ studies with Robert Cogan and dissonance in Ruth Crawford Seeger's String Quartet 1931. His compositions are cast along lines inspired by Burgundian, Burgundian-American and American traditions.  

Peter is also a regular-status faculty member at the Longy School of Music of Bard College where he teaches Theory, Composition, Jazz, and History classes.  In what little is left of his musically-allotted spare time he plays many instruments, is the sole founding member of LongyLaboratory, works as managing editor for the journal SONUS and the Treasurer for the Longy Faculty Union.