Described by the Baltimore Sun as having “a refined sense of melodic arcs and harmonic motion,” Peter Dayton’s compositions have been performed across North America and in Europe. Peter holds a Bachelor’s Degree (summa cum laude) from Vanderbilt University and a Master’s Degree in Composition from the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore. At Peabody he was the winner of the Macht and Gustav Klem Composition Awards.
An active poet, Peter’s creative process involves using visual art or literature as the spark for artistic responses. A group of his poems has been published by The Whale Sings Poetry, and he has written the libretto for his own chamber opera, May She | She May.
In 2014, a recording of Peter’s orchestral piece From Sombre Lands, inspired by a painting by John Hitchens, was released on Volume 2 of the “Orchestral Masters” series produced by Ablaze Records. His string orchestra composition Grounds, was released on Volume 3 of the same series. A selection of Dayton’s choral settings was released on Ablaze’s first “New Choral Series” CD in 2016.
2017 Featured Composition: Mar de Lurín