A TEDx speaker, Ferry was invited to deliver the closing talk and performance on the creative power of collaboration between fields, titled “Striking on the Edge,” for an
adult audience following a weeklong term as Artist-in- Residence at Moses Brown School. He has also presented and performed at the SPE National Conference and International INTETAIN conference.
Always connecting with audiences new to contemporary music, Ferry developed a Micro-Concert Series. This approachable format of listening to music lasts only 20 minutes, highlighting a single composition with space for post-concert community discussion. Other experimental concert formats include Music at Home and a multi-venue Music Walk.
“Perhaps what may speak most to the success of Peter’s presentation was the
complete rapture of his audience... Peter’s music touched my students in an even
more visceral way that had them eager to discuss their reactions post-performance.”
—Maureen Nagle, 8th Grade Teacher at Moses Brown School
As an extension of his artistic activities, Peter Ferry offers both educational activities for a wide range of students (elementary school to adult), and concert experiences of the highest caliber for all audiences.
Peter Ferry unpacks the collaborative process of translating a living composer’s concept into a fully realized audience experience ending with a performance and addressing student questions. Special version available for Grades K-5.
Students perform solo or small ensemble works in a public coaching with Peter Ferry, often open to the public.
For residencies that last 3 days or more, it is possible to rehearse a work for solo percussion and ensemble. This work could be performed on the ensemble’s regular concert or in a special short performance within the school.
CAREER IN THE ARTS
An open discussion on thriving as a professional in the arts. Topics range including interdisciplinary collaborations, college audition preparation to developing creative projects.
Peter Ferry coaches an ensemble rehearsal (typically 1-2 pieces) during a class period. All ensemble types are welcome (e.g., wind ensemble, orchestra, choir, etc.).
In coordination with classroom teachers, sessions explore a classroom topic through a composition. Previous examples: mathematics (common denominators) through composer Steve Reich, history (war and protest) through composer David Macbride, visual art (class-sourced photography) through composer Matthew Evans.
Reading, performing, and coaching student compositions
Concerts can include pre-concert and post-concert discussions and answering audience questions.