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Peter Ferry

Title: Percussionist & Assistant Director of Artistic Planning, Alarm Will Sound
Program Graduation: BM, ALP Certificate 2013
Musical Studies: Percussion
Musical Specialties: Chamber Music, Freelance, New Music, Soloist
Non-Musical Specialties: Leadership, Operations
Quote: “I’m grateful to the Arts Leadership Program for teaching, challenging, and encouraging me to build a career as a percussion soloist, artistic collaborator, and arts administrator.”


Acclaimed as “the ingenious percussionist Peter Ferry,” (Chicago Sun-Times), Peter Ferry is a young American percussion soloist re-imagining classical performances around the world through contemporary repertoire projects and innovative artistic collaborations. An active concerto soloist, Ferry has championed the percussion concerti of Joe Duddell, Emmanuel Sejourne, Michael Torke, Ney Rosauro, and Jacob ter Veldhuis and many more. A frequent touring recitalist, Ferry’s solo shows have garnered reviews as “an artist of vision… presenting percussion in a stunning thoughtful way” (Rochester Fringe Festival critic Jeff Spevak). His Flames and Frequencies collaboration with live flame working glass artist Carrie Fertig was nominated for the Coburg Prize and inaugurated into the European Museum of Modern Glass’s permanent collection. In the American contemporary music community, Ferry has stepped in as a guest percussionist with acclaimed ensembles Alarm Will Sound, Third Coast Percussion, Ensemble Dal Niente, and Eighth Blackbird. With Alarm Will Sound, Ferry serves as the Assistant Director of Artistic Planning, envisioning and managing their artistic activities. An alumnus of the Eastman School of Music where he studied with virtuoso performer/pedagogue Michael Burritt, Ferry graduated with the first ever John Beck Percussion Scholarship, an Arts Leadership Program certificate, and the prestigious Performer’s Certificate recognizing “outstanding performing ability”.