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Jeff Peyton
Jeff Peyton

Hailed as a performer of “brilliant artistry and dazzling virtuosity,” Jeffrey Peyton possesses extensive experience in diverse roles as a conductor, percussionist, composer, and educator.

Mr. Peyton attended the Juilliard School in New York City on full scholarship, receiving a Masters degree in percussion performance. Additional studies include doctoral studies in instrumental conducting and percussion performance at the University of Oregon and the Aspen Music Festival.

Mr. Peyton directs the Concert Band at Portland State University, and has previously served as Acting Director of the PSU Orchestra, Wind Symphony, New Music Ensemble, and Percussion Studies program. In addition, he has held academic and conducting posts at Lewis and Clark College, University of Oregon, Pacific University and George Fox University. From 1995-2000 Mr. Peyton served as Music Director and conductor of the Third Angle New Music Ensemble, raising the artistic and national reputation of the ensemble to critical acclaim.

The regular guest conductor of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra since 1996, Mr. Peyton directs the Metropolitan Youth Symphony Concert Orchestra, and has appeared as guest conductor of the Eugene Symphony, Anchorage Symphony, Eugene Youth Symphony, Portland Youth Philharmonic, the Peter Britt Festival, the Oregon Bach Festival, Cascade Music Festival, and the Oregon Festival of American Music.

Mr. Peyton currently serves as principal timpanist of the Oregon Ballet Theatre orchestra, section percussionist with the Portland Opera, and is a regular guest percussionist and timpanist with the Oregon Symphony. An active chamber musician, he has performed regularly with Chamber Music Northwest and the Third Angle Ensemble. Mr Peyton’s performances as percussionist and conductor can be heard on fifteen commercial recordings for the New World, New Albion, Koch International, Gagliano, Hannsler, and Delos labels.

A published award-winning composer, Mr. Peyton’s concert works have been performed extensively throughout the United States, Asia and Europe, and have been featured on four commercial recordings.