About Me

Peter Shirts remembers the first time his parents took him to the symphony. "Where are the electric guitars? And the saxophones?" he asked loudly. His parents didn't take him to the symphony again for a while. 

Despite this inauspicious start, Peter eventually graduated with a bachelor's degree in music education from Brigham Young University, where he sang in choirs, played in bands and orchestras (clarinet and bass clarinet, saxophone, and baritone), played in a Celtic ensemble, co-founded the BYU Klezmer ensemble, and was a founding member of Bintang Wayhu, BYU's Balinese gamelan ensemble. Peter received a master's in musicology from the University of Michigan, mainly working on the music of Debussy. Other favorite musicians include: Sting; the Beatles; Scottish and Irish pop/folk artists Clannad, Capercaille, and the Corrs; early 20th-century modernists Stravinsky, Ravel, Grainger, Holst, and Vaughan Williams. Peter recently finished a master's in library science at UNC-Chapel Hill, and is currently the music and audiovisual librarian at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa.

In his spare time, Peter enjoys composing and arranging music, collecting wind instruments from around the world, reading science fiction and fantasy, birding, and training for triathlons.

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