Myron Peterson, DMA Candidate in Wind Conducting

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Myron Peterson, a teaching assistant at the University of Iowa, previously spent twenty-one years as a director of bands at Urbandale High School in Urbandale, Iowa, from 1998 to 2019. During his tenure, the Urbandale High School band program grew in size from 110 students to more than 180 students. In 2006, Peterson directed the Urbandale Wind Ensemble as the class 4A honor band at the Iowa Bandmasters Association Conference. The band since appeared three times at the IBA Conference as a clinic band: in 2008 for the “Band Boot Camp,” in 2014 as an ensemble in service to the Young Conductors Symposium, and in 2016 presenting a clinic titled, “Developing Non-Verbal Communication in the Concert Band.” Peterson led performances with the Urbandale bands across the United States, having performed concerts and collaborated with bands in Iowa, Minnesota, Ohio, Indiana, New Jersey, Connecticut, Hawaii, and Missouri. Prior to his arrival at Urbandale, Peterson taught for two years in the Oskaloosa Community School District, also in Iowa.

Peterson is currently pursuing a DMA in wind conducting at the University of Iowa under the primary instruction of Dr. Mark Heidel. He holds an MM in wind conducting (2021) from Colorado State University (CSU) having studied with Dr. Rebecca Phillips. Peterson earned his bachelor of music education from the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) in 1995. There he studied conducting with Dr. Ronald Johnson, Dr. Rebecca Burkhardt, and Mr. Bill Shepard. As a trombonist, Peterson studied with Dr. Drew Leslie at CSU, John Hanson and Max Bonecutter at UNI, and further studied with David Stuart of Iowa State University and Mike Schmitz of the United States of America Navy Band.

Peterson performs regularly with the NOLA Jazz Band, Tony Valdez Large Band, the Plymouth Brass Consort, The Metropolitan Brass Quintet, and as a freelance trombonist in various chamber settings around Iowa and in eastern Colorado, areas. He has performed with the Boulder Philharmonic, and in the pit orchestra at the Civic Center of Great Des Moines for national touring productions such as The Color PurpleHigh School Musical, and Chicago. He is an active adjudicator and clinician in the concert, jazz, and marching band fields.

As a leader, Peterson served as the president, and on the board of directors, for the Iowa Bandmasters Association (IBA), president of the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association (SCIBA), and was the founding treasurer of the Jazz Educators of Iowa (JEI). In addition to his professional affiliations with the IBA, SCIBA, and JEI, Peterson is also affiliated with the National Band Association, College Band Directors National Association, National Association for Music Education, Iowa Music Education Association, and Iowa Alliance for Arts Education.