Dr Peter Morris is the Senior Lecturer in Conducting and Head of Ensembles at the Queensland Conservatorium Griffith University.
He is the resident conductor of the Conservatorium Symphony Orchestra and Wind Orchestra and is the Program Director for Postgraduate Music Studies. He completed his Doctoral studies in conducting at UCLA, and has held teaching positions at American universities in California, Texas and Colorado. Outside his academic work, Peter is very active as a guest conductor both in Australia and overseas.
Prior to immigrating to Australia in 2002, he performed in the US and internationally on trumpet and as a conductor in a wide variety of genres from Baroque orchestras to commercial session work in Los Angeles for film and Television. He has played for and musically-directed numerous professional musical theatre productions in Los Angeles and touring shows in Asia.
Locally, he has worked with the Queensland Music Festival on important large-scale cultural projects, conducted orchestral recording sessions for local film and TV, and in late 2017 conducted the QSO’s soundtrack recording to the new Australian film The Second. Peter is an advocate for commissioning new works and re-imagining existing musical structures, and has an enthusiasm for exploring exciting collaborations to create performances that matter.