PETER NIEDMANN'S choral compositions are widely performed throughout the United States and have garnered unanimous critical acclaim. His compositional style is built on many diverse influences, including 20th century British choral composers, American symphonists such as Copland and Barber, as well as popular and jazz songwriters. His anthem, Praise the Lord, His Glories Show, was performed at the Papal Mass in St. Louis for Pope John Paul II. In the Ending of the Year, for chorus and orchestra, was singled out by American Record Guide as the best new piece on Harvard University Choir's CD, Carols from the Yard. The American Organist magazine has praised his music as "thoughtful, well-wrought, and appealing."
Mr. Niedmann was a prize winner at the 1992 American Guild of Organists National Competition in Organ Improvisation. He is on the faculty of the Hartt School, University of Hartford and Organist & Director of Music at Church of Christ, Congregational, Newington, Connecticut.
Recent commissions include: Finest Wheat, for First Presbyterian Church, Tuscaloosa, Alabama; Winter's Snow, for the Cathedral of St. Joseph, Hartford; and O Gracious Light-Phos Hilaron, for Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford. His hymns and service music are included in two recent hymnals-Wonder, Love, and Praise (Episcopal) and The New Century Hymnal (United Church of Christ). His music is published by Augsburg-Fortress, GIA, Thorpe-Theodore Presser, and Selah.
Peter Niedmann was twice awarded conducting fellowships with Sir David Willcocks by The Chorus of Westerly, Rhode Island. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he studied organ with Christa Rakich and composition with William Penn, he also studied at the Hartt School of Music. Born in 1960 in New London, Connecticut, he received his early choral and organ training with George Kent in the Choir of Christ Church and The Chorus of Westerly, Rhode Island. From 1993 to 1995, Mr. Niedmann was Dean of the Hartford Chapter of the American Guild of Organists, and he has earned that organization's professional Associate Certificate.
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