Peter Jarvis

Peter Jarvis

Adjunct Associate Professor of Music

Joined Connecticut College: 2008

B.A., M.M., William Paterson University



Chamber music

Peter Jarvis (b. 1959, Hackensack, New Jersey) is a percussionist, drummer, conductor, composer, music copyist, print music editor and college professor. He is an Associate Director of the Composers Concordance and serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors.

Over the decades, he has performed popular and unpopular music with equal enthusiasm. He has performed as a soloist, chamber player, Broadway musician and as conductor/player with chamber music ensembles, orchestras and choruses. The proliferation of percussion literature is extremely important to Jarvis and he has performed approximately 100 solo pieces for multi percussion, timpani, vibraphone, marimba, solo snare drum and drum set composed for him.

Jarvis composed, orchestrated, arranged and performed music for "Moonrise Kingdom," a film by Wes Anderson, which opened the Cannes Film Festival on May 16, 2012. Moonrise Kingdom received a Golden Globe nomination for "Best Score" and an Academy Award nomination in 2013. His involvement in the film as a composer included various individual projects ranging from adding music to a score by Benjamin Britten and composing original music for several scenes. As arranger and orchestrator he worked on music composed by Mark Mothersbaugh and as performer he led a percussion section and provided several improvisations. He has also performed his own solo percussion music for the second, third, fourth and fifth seasons of the HBO Series "Boardwalk Empire." During the third season, his music appeared in seven episodes. More recently Jarvis worked on Ang Lee’s movie "Billy Lynn’s Long Halftime Walk," released in 2016. His involvement on the project included transcribing, arranging and as percussionist.

As conductor, he has appeared with the Saint Luke’s Chamber Ensemble, The New Jersey Percussion Ensemble, Composers Concordance, and many other groups. He has recorded a great many pieces as soloist, chamber musician and conductor for several labels.

His compositions are published by Calabrese Brothers Music LLC, Indian Paintbrush Productions and L-T Music Publishing, and he is a member of BMI.

- bio taken from Wikipedia

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Majoring in Music.

Jarvis' podium style embedded precision within flowing gestures, a philosophy of movement which clearly transferred itself to the players.

Classical New Jersey

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Connecticut College
Box #5244
270 Mohegan Ave.
New London, CT 06320