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By Dan Burch
Special to The PREVIEW
Former Pagosa Springs High School student Peter Morey will be performing a free concert on Sunday, May 25, at 6 p.m. at the Community United Methodist Church on Lewis Street.
Currently a student at the Peabody Institute of Johns Hopkins University, Morey is an oboist, pianist and future educator from the greater Baltimore area. While still in high school, Morey performed in honors ensembles in three different states and as part of regional and state champion ensembles. In his junior and senior years, he served as substitute principal oboe with the Greenspring Valley and Towson University Orchestras.
At Pagosa Springs High School, he was recipient of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award. He also received the director’s award for outstanding musicianship and the semper fidelis award from Dulaney High School.
In 2012, Morey was accepted to the Peabody Institute with merit scholarship at the age of 16, where he currently studies music education and oboe performance in the studio of Jane Marvine, solo English horn of the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra. At the Peabody Institute, Morey has appeared as part of the Peabody Wind Ensemble, with whom he can be heard on their upcoming Naxos CD, Peabody Concert Orchestra, and the Peabody Camerata.
In the Peabody Camerata, under the direction of Gene Young, he performed 20th and 21st century works by composers such as Walter Piston, Conlon Nancarrow, Alban Berg and Samuel Barber.
In the spring of 2013, he accepted the position of director of music ministries at Epworth United Methodist Church in Cockeysville, Md. His duties as music director include the direction of an adult choir, a five-octave handbell choir, the supervision of youth music programs, and the planning and coordination of guest musicians, concerts and special events. He is also enrolled in the certificate of church music program from Virginia Wesleyan University.
Additionally, Peter started working with the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra (BSO) in fall of 2013 as the youth ensembles assistant—a job which provides assistance to both the BSO Orchkids, an El Sistema inspired program which now provides musical instruction to over 750 children in the Baltimore City and the Baltimore Symphony Youth Orchestras, three ensembles that range in age from elementary to high school that foster musical excellence through close collaboration with the BSO.
Peter has been fortunate enough to have studied with a variety of great teachers, including Jane Marvine (oboe), Donald Sutherland (organ), Mark Wilson (piano, organ), Leslie Starr (oboe) and Venita Burch (piano).