Hailed as a performer of “brilliant artistry and dazzling virtuosity,”
Jeffrey Peyton possesses extensive experience in diverse roles as a
percussionist, conductor, composer, and educator.
Mr. Peyton attending the prestigious 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 and Waterloo Music Festivals.
Formerly Music Director and conductor of the Third Angle New Music
Ensemble, Mr. Peyton conducted performances at the Oregon Bach
Festival, Cascade Music Festival, in collaboration with the Oregon
Symphony, Oregon Ballet, Oregon Festival of American Music, PICA
(Portland Institute for Contemporary Art), and throughout the Pacific
Northwest, including numerous commercial recordings. The regular
guest conductor of the Oregon Ballet Theatre Orchestra since 1996,
Mr. Peyton has also guest conducted the Eugene Symphony, Anchorage
Symphony, Eugene Youth Symphony, and at the Peter Britt Festival.
Recently appointed as Guest Director of Orchestra Studies at Portland
State University and the PSU Orchestra and New Music Ensemble, Mr.
Peyton has held academic and conducting posts at Lewis and Clark
College, University of Oregon, Pacific University and George Fox
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 three commercial recordings.