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Dr. Lorna Peters
D.M.A., SUNY Stonybrook
(916) 278-7992 • Email
Office: Capistrano 201

Courses/Areas Taught
  • Camerata Capistrano
  • Piano Accompanying
  • Piano

Professor Lorna Peters

Lorna Peters

Lorna Peters received her Bachelor of Music degree in piano performance from Lawrence University where she was a student of Theodore Rehl. At SUNY-Stony Brook she completed an MM in piano with Gilbert Kalish and a DMA in harpsichord with Arthur Haas. In 1989 a Fulbright Scholarship took her to Salzburg, Austria where she pursued her studies with Kenneth Gilbert, Gordon Murray and Nicholas Harnoncourt.

Dr. Peters leads a multifaceted career as a performer, teacher and recording artist. She has performed countless recitals ranging from French Baroque to 20th-Century American music. She has given solo and chamber music concerts in California, New York, Washington, D.C., Austria, Germany, Holland and Switzerland, and her performances are frequently heard on National Public Radio and Austrian radio. An adventurous performer, she recently filled in on three days’ notice as soloist in a critically acclaimed concert series of Handel Concertos with Monica Huggett and the Portland Baroque Orchestra. Notable concerts have included an all Brahms recital on her 1880 Viennese piano in honor of the centenary of the composer’s death, and a series of concerts on the sesquicentennial of Chopin’s death at the Salzburg Music Festival, where she is a regularly featured artist.

Dr. Peters’ recording of C.P.E. Bach’s Chamber Sonatas with Music’s Re-creation was recently hailed by Gramophone magazine as “highly polished and enjoyable performances…warmly recommended.” Other recordings include Telemann Concertos, Lawes Fantasies, the Fantasies of Locke and Jenkins (Centaur), and Alec Wilder’s Suite for Harpsichord and Flute (Cantilena). Her ensemble credits include Music’s Re-creation, Camerata Academica, the New World Trio, Les Nations Salzburg, Monadnok Music and Duo Continuum.

From 1993 to 1995 Dr. Peters was visiting assistant professor of music at Lawrence University. She is currently associate professor of piano, harpsichord, chamber music, and music theory at California State University, Sacramento, and maintains a private studio of aspiring pianists and harpsichordists.