is our pleasure to introduce to you Maestro Peter Perret as this
season’s conductor. Peter is the Conductor Emeritus of the
Winston-Salem Symphony and was their music director from 1978
2004. He was also Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic from
1975-78, conducting 200 concerts with this group. Peter has
conducted over 35 classical programs as Principal Guest Conductor of
the Capetown (S. Africa) Symphony Orchestra. Additionally he
led ensembles in Naples, Geneva, and Belgium, including founding the
Young Chamber Orchestra of Brussels as a conducting student.
are very fortunate to have him with us this year, and he has picked
some wonderful overtures, concertos, and symphonies for your listening
Minnesota to a family of artists
and scientists, Peter Perret was Music Director of the
from 1978 to 2004. After a promising start as an
virtuoso, Maestro Perret pursued a conducting career, winning
international competitions in Besançon, France and Florence, Italy. He
worked as a producer for the Swiss Television Network and formed its
first music department. He left Switzerland after 5 years to become the
Principal Conductor of the Capetown Symphony (South Africa). He served
the Buffalo Philharmonic as Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor for three
years before coming to Winston-Salem.
by the Arts in all their multiple facets, Perret now dedicates a large
portion of his energies to discovering and exploring the relationship
between the arts and learning. He conceived of the now-famous Bolton
project after hearing a related news story on National Public Radio.
This music residency program has produced significant improvements in
reading and arithmetic learning abilities in primary school children.
The curriculum and methods have also been successfully tested in
schools in Tucson, Arizona and are now being broadly implemented in the
state of Arizona. Maestro Perret and Janet Fox have written a book, "A
Well-Tempered Mind; Using Music to Help Children Listen and Learn",
aimed at parents and teachers, published by the Dana Press in October
2004 and in paperback in 2006.
Perret has long been active in other aspects of education: he
developed, and for five years has taught, The Mathematics and Science
of Music for Winston-Salem State University's summer program for
at-risk middle schoolers. He also served as chairman of the board of
directors at the Arts Based Elementary School, a public charter school
in Winston-Salem, NC.
has conducted concerts in Belgium, Brazil, Chile, France, Germany,
Italy, Holland, Spain, South Africa, and Switzerland as well as in many
major metropolitan centers in the USA, and has recorded frequently with
the Orchestre de la Suisse Romande (Switzerland) and the Hessischer
Rundfunk Sinfonie Orchester (Frankfurt, Germany). Under his direction,
the Winston-Salem Symphony has recorded works of Morton Gould, Sherwood
Shaffer, and Robert Ward for the Albany Records, Koch International,
and Vienna Modern Masters recording labels.
retired from the position of Music Director, Perret now devotes a
significant portion of his time to working with non-professional
musicians, students and seniors. He also leads workshops and
discussions of the relationship of music to learning. A rigorous study
of the causes and effects of the Music, Mind & Reading
Bolton) method in conjunction with the Wake Forest University Medical
School has indicated a significant correlation between the music
intervention and improved phonemic awareness in young children. He is a
freelance reviewer for the Classical Voice of North Carolina