Musical Director

Photo of Peter Adams conducting.St Kilda Brass is proud to have Peter Adams as our Musical Director, an association that goes back 28 years to 1990.

Peter is an Associate Professor in the Music Department of Otago University and a well-known conductor, composer and clarinettist. In his twenty eight years on the staff at Otago, Peter has built up a fine reputation as a musical leader in the local community, as a composer, and as a conductor and musical director working all around New Zealand.

In addition to the SAINTS, Peter was the Musical Director of the City of Dunedin Choir for ten years from 1987 to 1996 and he has conducted the Dunedin Symphony Orchestra on many occasions. He also has a long-standing relationship conducting the Dunedin Youth Orchestra (he was once a playing member!) and has guest conducted all around New Zealand and Australia with orchestras, brass bands and choirs, and adjudicated on the national and international stages.

Peter is something of a specialist in working with young people, one of his many attributes that we particularly value. He was musical director of the National Youth Brass Band of New Zealand for a four year term, and took the band to China for an international youth music festival. Peter is also the musical director of the Waitaki Summer Music School and has conducted the Auckland Philharmonia Summer School, the South Island Youth Orchestra, and the NZ Secondary Schools Symphony Orchestra.