Peter Perret

Peter Perret

Born in Minnesota to a family of artists and scientists, Peter Perret was the Music Director of the Winston-Salem Symphony from 1978 to 2004. Previously Perret had served the Buffalo Philharmonic as Exxon/Arts Endowment Conductor for three years, and before that he was Principal Conductor of the Capetown Symphony (South Africa). Perret frequently lectures and leads workshops on the relationship of music to learning. Perret has co-authored a book (with Janet Fox), A Well-Tempered Mind; Using Music to Help Children Listen and Learn, aimed at parents and teachers, released by the Dana Press in October 2004.

Articles by Peter Perret:

Concertos and Tone Poems at EMF

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 14, 2017

The Primal Passion of Sensemayá and Sacre du printemps at EMF

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 7, 2017

Midori Master Class at EMF

Masterclass Review by Peter Perret,  July 6, 2017

UNCSA Cantata Singers Focus on Works of Charles Fussell

Choral Music Review by Peter Perret,  April 8, 2017

UNCSA Student Orchestra in ConcertArt Experiment

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  March 18, 2017

Superb Singing and Playing in Rollicking Rossini Opera

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  March 17, 2017

Seduction and Jealousy - Greensboro Opera's Carmen is a Hit

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  January 13, 2017

Delightful Schubert, Mozart and Britten with the Winston-Salem Symphony

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 13, 2016

Standing Ovation for Bagpiper in Refined Scottish Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 4, 2016

Brilliant Tosca Production Shocks Again!

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 30, 2016

Opera Carolina Presents the Barber Comic Opera At Its Best

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 22, 2016

Sparkling Woodwinds in Western Piedmont Symphony's 52nd Season Opener

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 1, 2016

Flamboyant Firebird Closes Sinfonia Season at BMC

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  August 6, 2016

EMF Young Artist Orchestras: Ten Standing Ovations!

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 29, 2016

The Many Moods of Mahler

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  May 13, 2016

Incredible Sounds and Energy from Roomful of Teeth

Contemporary Music, Vocal Ensemble Review by Peter Perret,  April 29, 2016

Spirits Soar in Piedmont Opera's Sondheim Musical

Musical Theatre Review by Peter Perret,  March 20, 2016

All-Russian Program "Kicks Butt!"

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 9, 2016

In Raleigh, Concerto Sparkles, Orchestra Shines

Contemporary Music, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 6, 2015

Carmina Burana and Barber's Violin Concerto at the UNCSA

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 31, 2015

Don't Miss this Rigoletto

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 23, 2015

Fidelio at the Berlin Wall

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 17, 2015

Goldberg Variations Sparkle with Strings

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  September 25, 2015

UNCSA Faculty Featured on Scholarship Fund-Raiser

Dance, Film, Music Review by Peter Perret,  September 5, 2015

More Mahler at EMF (Part II)  

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 10, 2015

WSS Youth Symphony Exudes Vitality

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  May 18, 2015

Asheville Symphony Thrills Full House

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  May 9, 2015

Gripping Melodrama in Menotti Opera

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  April 22, 2015

Breathtaking Symphonic Circus

Miscellaneous, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  April 11, 2015

Superb Cast Makes Magical Mozart

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  March 13, 2015

Bach and Bieler in Sacred Space

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 25, 2015

Greensboro Symphony Triumphs

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 23, 2015

Lord Nelson Mass in Exciting Student Performance

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  December 14, 2014

At the UNCSA, Soloists Shine in Nutcracker Ballet

Dance, Dance-Theatre Review by Peter Perret,  December 12, 2014

Captivating Concert by UNCSA Student Orchestra

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 15, 2014

Superb Singing in Puccini Tragedy

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 31, 2014

Robert Ward: In Memoriam

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  March 29, 2014

Dutchman Flies Again

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  March 22, 2014

Brilliant Performance of a Changed Program

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  February 28, 2014

Fascinating Schoenberg: Transfigured and Transcribed

Chamber Orchestra Review by Peter Perret,  January 26, 2014

UNCSA's Nutcracker Delights

Dance, Dance-Theatre Review by Peter Perret,  December 13, 2013

Wind Ensemble and New Conductor at UNCSA

Wind Ensemble Review by Peter Perret,  December 4, 2013

Benjamin Britten at 100 (+ 2 Days)

Chamber Music, Recital, Vocal Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 24, 2013

Winston-Salem Symphony Shines in Chamber-Like Works

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 17, 2013

Powerful Verdi Requiem at the UNC School of the Arts

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 8, 2013

Flying Dutchman Soars

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 25, 2013

A Tribute to Paul Hindemith, 50 Years after His Death

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 19, 2013

Wagner at 200: A Celebration in Winston-Salem

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 12, 2013

Six Brilliant Winners as Eastern Music Festival Bids Students Adieu

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 26, 2013

Festival Orchestra Proves the Rule!

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 13, 2013

Brahms-Radiohead Mashup Impresses

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  June 5, 2013

Concert for Community Focuses on Young Musicians

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  March 16, 2013

Puccini Opera La Rondine a Colorful Hit

Opera, Operetta Review by Peter Perret,  February 1, 2013

At High Point University, Holiday Concert Charms

Choral Music, Holiday Concert Review by Peter Perret,  November 30, 2012

UNCSA Student Orchestra – Best of Both Worlds

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 17, 2012

Lively Concert Mixes It Up

Contemporary Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 27, 2012

FLASH – Super Carmen – Don't Miss It*

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 26, 2012

¡Cantamos! Superb Singing!

Choral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 20, 2012

Wistful and Tender Romantics at Reynolda

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  August 12, 2012

Interview with JoAnn Falletta

Orchestral Music Feature by Peter Perret,  July 17, 2012

Plucked – or – No Bowing [or Scraping] Allowed!

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  May 27, 2012

Divas... and Demi-Gods

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  May 25, 2012

Carolina Composers and Beyond - Seven Samples in Cabaret Setting

Contemporary Music Review by Peter Perret,  April 27, 2012

Faculty Gifts Celebrate Mozart's Birthday at Arts School

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 28, 2012

Winston-Salem Symphony: A Mighty Consort of Cellos

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 15, 2012

Spectacular Bartók and Stravinsky by School of Arts Faculty

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 10, 2012

Buzzing Becomes the Winston-Salem Zzzzzymphony

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 15, 2011

Winston-Salem Symphony: Gorgeous Grieg, Brazen Brahms

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  September 20, 2011

Steve Reich at Krankie's

Contemporary Music Review by Peter Perret,  August 26, 2011

Luciano Berio's Sequenza Fascinates Audience

Contemporary Music Review by Peter Perret,  April 30, 2011

Oklahoma! Is a Hit From Start to End - Don't Miss It!

Musical Theatre Review by Peter Perret,  April 27, 2011

HMS Pinafore at the Piedmont Opera - "Oh Bliss, Oh Rapture"

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  March 29, 2011

Visiting Students Shine in Eclectic Program

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  February 27, 2011

Midsummer Night's Dream Is a Hit! Don't Miss It!

Orchestral Music, Theatre Review by Peter Perret,  February 5, 2011

Music@Watson - On the Edge

Chamber Music, Vocal Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 15, 2011

Flicka Holds Audience in the Palm of Her Hand

Recital Review by Peter Perret,  November 10, 2010

Gidon Kremer and Baltic Strings Superb at Wake Forest University

Chamber Orchestra Review by Peter Perret,  November 9, 2010

Bright and Shiny - Trumpet Recital Sets a High Mark

Recital Review by Peter Perret,  October 2, 2010

Gothic Opera Chills and Thrills

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 1, 2010

Carolina Summer Music Festival Closes With Farcical Humor

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  August 28, 2010

Grab It, a Wild Evening of Avant-Pop Music at Krankies' Wherehouse

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  August 20, 2010

Concerto Winners (Volume Two): Ravel Triumphs at Eastern Music Festival

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 30, 2010

Concerto Winners (Volume One): All Win at Eastern Music Festival

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 29, 2010

Smashing Performance of Tchaikovsky Favorite at Eastern Music Festival

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 24, 2010

Eastern Music Festival Concert Leaves One Wanting More

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 16, 2010

Powerful Performance of Le Sacre du Printemps at Eastern Music Festival

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 9, 2010

Winston-Salem Symphony: RVW and Mahler

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  May 18, 2010

Inspired Performance by Wake Forest University Student Orchestra

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  April 29, 2010

Impressive Mahler 2nd Symphony at University of North Carolina School of the Arts

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  April 17, 2010

Piedmont Opera's Turandot, Powerful and Effective

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  April 11, 2010

Magnificent Mandolin and Marvelous Strings in Winston-Salem Symphony Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  March 16, 2010

Latin Love Concert Heats the House in Watson Hall

Music Review by Peter Perret,  February 13, 2010

Brooding Shostakovich, Brilliant Gershwin by Winston-Salem Symphony & Soloist

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  February 7, 2010

Music @ Watson - Mozart's Birthday Concert a Bash

Chamber Music, Recital Review by Peter Perret,  January 23, 2010

Music @ Watson: Daedalus Soars

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 16, 2010

Thrilling Nutcracker Disappoints Old-Timers

Dance Review by Peter Perret,  December 5, 2009

Winston-Salem Symphony a Musical Smorgasbord

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 22, 2009

Arts School Concert a Smashing Success

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 14, 2009

Warmth, Precision and Transparency from Austrian Orchestra

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 10, 2009

Watson Hall Debut Clarinet Recital a Knock-Out

Recital Review by Peter Perret,  October 27, 2009

Orchestra and Flute Soloist in Puzzling Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 24, 2009

Winston-Salem Symphony - Four Seasons in Eight Segments

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 18, 2009

Argento: Letters from Composers Charms Audience

Recital Review by Peter Perret,  October 15, 2009

Hansel and Gretel a Winner for Piedmont Opera

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 2, 2009

Ravel's Sonata for Violin and Cello - and More - at Wake Forest University

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  September 20, 2009

Soloist and Orchestra Shine in Winston-Salem Season Opener

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  September 15, 2009

Tango! - An Evening to Remember

Chamber Music, World Music Review by Peter Perret,  August 29, 2009

Eastern Music Festival - Awadagin Pratt, Bright Sheng and Janáek

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 18, 2009

Powerful Brahms and Orchestral Fireworks on July 4 at Eastern Music Festival

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 4, 2009

Student Orchestras Brilliant in Shared Concert at Eastern Music Festival

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 3, 2009

University of North Carolina School of the Arts Smashing Successes

Contemporary Music Review by Peter Perret,  May 22, 2009

Beethoven's Ninth Closes Winston-Salem Season

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  May 17, 2009

"nu plays new" - UNCSA Young Composers

Contemporary Music Review by Peter Perret,  May 2, 2009

¡OLE! Winston-Salem Symphony Shines in Spanish-Themed Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  April 21, 2009

University of North Carolina School of the Arts: Mostly Beethoven, Mostly Excellent

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  April 18, 2009

Packed House Celebrates NC Composer Ken Frazelle

Contemporary Music Review by Peter Perret,  March 28, 2009

JoAnn Falletta Masters Romantic Program with Winston-Salem Symphony

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  March 10, 2009

Opera Carolina Shines in Novel Marriage of Figaro

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  March 7, 2009

Greensboro Symphony & Choral Society of Greensboro: Carmina Burana

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  February 26, 2009

music@watson with Brooks Whitehouse and Friends

Chamber Music, Contemporary Music Review by Peter Perret,  February 17, 2009

1969 in World Premiere by Alarm Will Sound Ensemble at Duke University

Contemporary Music Review by Peter Perret,  February 13, 2009

Winston-Salem Symphony Shines From Within

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  February 10, 2009

Ambitious Program by Appalachian Chamber Orchestra

Chamber Orchestra Review by Peter Perret,  February 8, 2009

Jon Nakamatsu, Virtuoso Pianist

Recital Review by Peter Perret,  February 3, 2009

Emerging Artists Lead Student Orchestra Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 31, 2009

Donizetti's Elisir d'Amore

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  January 28, 2009

André Watts and Charlotte Symphony

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 16, 2009

nu = New Music Ensemble with a Passion at UNC School of the Arts

Contemporary Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 13, 2009

Charlotte Symphony: Haydn Cello Concerto and Scheherazade

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 9, 2009

Philidor Percussion Gem: Next Performance Soon!

Percussion Ensemble Review by Peter Perret,  January 6, 2009

Excellent New Year's Eve Concert Tainted by Electronic Problems

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  December 31, 2008

Chorus & Orchestra Shine in All-Bernstein Concert

Choral Music, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 25, 2008

UNC School of the Arts Orchestra and Mauceri

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 22, 2008

Obsessed by Music: Brain Sciences and Oliver Sacks

Class, Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 13, 2008

Charlotte Symphony Shines in Hallowed Evening Concerts

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 1, 2008

"Innovative Works" from the North Carolina Dance Theater

Dance Review by Peter Perret,  October 30, 2008

UNC School of the Arts Orchestra Birthday Concert

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 25, 2008

Faust - Opera Carolina's Season-Opener

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 23, 2008

Brilliant Saxophonist in Eclectic Repertory at UNCSA

Recital Review by Peter Perret,  October 21, 2008

Master of the Guitar: Carlos Pérez

Recital Review by Peter Perret,  October 9, 2008

Excellent Student Orchestra Concert at Duke

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 8, 2008

North Carolina Symphony Concert Celebrates Iberia

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 4, 2008

Charlotte Symphony & Andrew Grams - Superb!

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 3, 2008

A Tale of Two Cities, Two Conductors and One Magnificent Orchestra

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  September 23, 2008

Mozart and Mahler Open Charlotte Symphony's 2008-9 Season

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  September 13, 2008

Carolina Summer Music Festival Finale - Sunday Serenade

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  August 31, 2008

Carolina Summer Music Festival: Gershwin, By George

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  August 14, 2008

EMF: Concerto Competition Winners - Two

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  August 1, 2008

EMF: Concerto Competition Winners - One

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 31, 2008

EMF: Splashes of Orchestral Color and a Hidden Gem

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 18, 2008

Eastern Music Festival: Shostakovich Symphony No. 11

Masterclass, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 11, 2008

Independence Day at the Eastern Music Festival: An Evening Concert

Masterclass, Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  July 4, 2008

Don't Miss this Charlotte Symphony Concert!

Orchestral Music Preview by Peter Perret,  April 18, 2008

Charlotte Symphony and James Gaffigan - A Memorable Evening

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  April 18, 2008

Dame Evelyn Glennie Blows Off the Roof

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  February 10, 2008

Charlotte Symphony: Serkin and Sanderling

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  February 9, 2008

Charlotte Symphony Music Director Search Continues

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 11, 2008

"Kicked-Back Classics" Opens with a BANG!

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  September 15, 2007

Winston-Salem Symphony Season Opens with a Bang

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  September 26, 2006

Mozart with Carolina Chamber Symphony at NCSA

Chamber Orchestra Review by Peter Perret,  January 29, 2006

High-Tension Concert in Greensboro

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 19, 2006

Winston-Salem Symphony: Strauss, Strauss & Jolley

Review by Peter Perret,  November 22, 2005

Beethoven Wins

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  November 19, 2005

Subversive Mozart Opera a Big Hit in Greensboro

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  November 6, 2005

NCSA in Impressive Start to Season

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 22, 2005

Winston-Salem Symphony in Good Hands

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 18, 2005

Charlotte Symphony: Strauss, Korngold, & Beethoven

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  October 8, 2005

Magnificent Magnolia Opening

Early Music Review by Peter Perret,  June 22, 2005

Flute & Piano Recital at NCSA

Recital Review by Peter Perret,  May 17, 2005

GSO Season Finale - Wow!

Orchestral Music Review by Peter Perret,  May 5, 2005

Janácek and Mendelssohn; Youth and Maturity

Chamber Music Review by Peter Perret,  January 21, 2005

Piedmont Opera Theatre's "Aïda in Concert" a Triumphant Success!

Opera Review by Peter Perret,  October 8, 2004