Dr. Gregory Peterson is Head of the Music Department, Associate Professor and College Organist at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa where he teaches applied organ and church music. He serves as College Organist and Cantor to the student congregation, playing for daily and Sunday chapel in the College’s Center for Faith and Life on the 42-stop mechanical action organ by Robert Sipe. He also conducts Luther Ringers, which he founded in 2008.
A dedicated and expert professional church musician for more than twenty-five years, Dr. Peterson served the historic Old South Church in Boston, Massachusetts as Organist and Minister of Music from 1997-2005. At Old South he directed the Old South Choir and Old South Ringers and performed regularly with the Old South Brass, Organ and Timpani Ensemble including the ever-popular annual First Night Concerts on New Year’s Eve. Prior to his appointment in Boston he was Visiting Assistant Professor of Music and Christ Chapel Organist at Gustavus Adolphus College in St. Peter, Minnesota. He has also been a visiting professor at Pacific Lutheran University in Tacoma, Washington and served churches in Connecticut, Iowa, Minnesota and Washington.
Gregory Peterson has been hailed as an organist with “imagination and verve.” His playing is described as “competent and stylish” (The American Organist) and “excellent and masterful” (Barometern — Sweden). A frequent soloist, he has given recitals in important venues including Independent Presbyterian Church, Birmingham, Alabama, Trinity Church, Boston, the Memorial Music Hall, Methuen, Massachusetts, the Basilica of Our Lady of Perpetual Help (Mission Church), Boston and New York City's famed Riverside Church and Central Synagogue. European venues include the Berlin Cathedral; Helsinki’s Rock Church; St. Anne’s Church, Warsaw; St. Nicholas Church, Prague; St. Thomas Church, Leipzig, Uppsala Cathedral in Sweden and St. Augustine’s Church, Cardiff.
He has also performed at national and regional conferences of the Association of Lutheran Church Musicians and throughout the United States. He is featured on the critically acclaimed compact disc “Heroic Sounds,” released by Denouement Records, recommended for “nice music superbly played” (Journal of the Association of Anglican Church Musicians) and “Dieterich Buxtehude: A 300th Anniversary Celebration” released in 2007 by Luther College. His solo and collaborative playing is featured on numerous “Christmas at Luther” compact discs as well as the Emmy Award-winning DVD “Night of Glory, Dawn of Peace: Christmas at Luther 2008” produced by Twin Cities Public Television. He is represented by Concert Artist Cooperative of Sebastopol, California.
Gregory Peterson was born in Ames, Iowa and grew up in Northfield, Minnesota. He earned the BA degree in music at Luther College, Decorah, Iowa. He holds the MM degree from Yale University in the Institute of Sacred Music where he was Hugh Giles Scholar and received the Harry B. Jepson Memorial Scholarship. He holds the DMA degree in organ performance and pedagogy from the University of Iowa where was a Rahn Scholar and teaching assistant. He undertook additional study at the Summer Institute for French Organ Study and at the Gothenburg International Organ Academy in Sweden. He is a member of Pi Kappa Lambda, the national music honor society.