Gregory Peterson
Gregory Peterson has been hailed as an organist with "imagination and verve." His playing is described as "competent and stylish" (The American Organist) and "excellent and masterful" (Barometern — Sweden). A frequent soloist, he has given recitals in important venues including Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama, Trinity Church, Boston, the Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston and New York City’s famed Riverside Church and Central Synagogue. European venues include the Berlin Cathedral; Helsinki’s Rock Church; St. Anne’s Church, Warsaw; St. Nicholas Church, Prague; St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden and St. Augustine’s Church, Penarth, Cardiff. He has also performed at national and regional conferences of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and throughout the United States. He is featured on the critically acclaimed compact disc "Heroic Sounds," released by Denouement Records, recommended for "nice music superbly played" (Journal of the Association of Anglican Church Musicians) and "Dieterich Buxtehude: A 300th Anniversary Celebration" released in 2007 by Luther College. He is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative of Sebastopol, California.

Dr. Peterson is Associate Professor of Music at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa where he teaches applied organ and church music. He also conducts the Luther Ringers and serves as College Organist and Cantor to the student congregation, playing for daily and Sunday chapel in the College’s Center for Faith and Life on the 42-stop mechanical action organ by Robert Sipe. A dedicated and expert professional church musician for more than twenty years, he served the historic Old South Church on Boston’s Copley Square as Organist and Minister of Music from 1997-2005. At Old South he directed the Old South Choir and Old South Ringers and performed regularly with the Old South Brass, Organ and Timpani Ensemble including the ever-popular annual First Night Concerts on New Year’s Eve. Prior to his appointment in Boston he was Christ Chapel Organist and Visiting Assistant Professor of Music at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota.

Gregory Peterson was born in Ames, Iowa and grew up in Northfield, Minnesota. He earned the B.A. degree in music at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa where he studied with William Kuhlman. He holds the M.M. degree from the Yale Institute of Sacred Music where he was Hugh Giles Scholar and received the Harry B. Jepson Memorial Scholarship as a pupil of Charles Krigbaum. He holds the D.M.A degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa where he studied with Delores Bruch and Delbert Disselhorst as a Rahn Scholar and teaching assistant. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society. He undertook additional master classes at the Summer Institute for French Organ Study and at the Gothenburg International Organ Academy in Sweden.

petegr01@luther.edu