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Memphis Composers

Memphis area composers, including current and former faculty, students, community members.


Dr. John David Peterson was Associate Director for Graduate Studies in Music at the University of Memphis where he taught courses in Organ, Musicology, and Music Theory. He held a Doctorate of Musical Arts in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan.

Peterson was a frequent performer throughout the United States both as organist and as chamber pianist. He was co-editor of the acclaimed Concordia edition of Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, and his articles have appeared in The Diapason, The American Organist, The Organ, The Hymn, and Opera Quarterly. His compositions and arrangements are published by Augsburg Fortress, L. K. Drew, MorningStar Music Publishers, Neil A. Kjos Music Company, and Bärenreiter Ausgabe.

He was a 2002 recipient of The University of Memphis Distinguished Teaching Award



5 short preludes on American folk hymns score

Camptown Mozart : for organ, piano or electronic keyboard score

Three Christmas fantasies score

Freu dich sehr, o meine Seele : for organ score

Three preludes on Christmas hymns score


Harmonies du soir : pour Grand Orgue / Franz Liszt ; adaption pour Grand Orgue au style du Max Reger par John David Peterson score

Five pieces for organ / by Johann Sebastian Bach ; transcribed and completed by John David Peterson.

Orgelbüchlein : with introduction, figured-bass chorales, texts, and commentary / Johann Sebastian Bach ; edited and prepared by Robert Clark and John David Peterson. Edition CD