Peter Terry (b. 1957, Flint, Michigan) holds degrees from the University of Michigan, Bowling Green State University, and the University of Texas at Austin. His composition teachers include Christopher Rouse, William Kraft, George Wilson, William Bolcom, Donald Grantham, Marilyn Shrude, and Robert Longfield. He studied electronic and computer music with Russell Pinkston and Burton Beerman.

Peter has served on the faculties of the University of Texas at Austin, Cal State-Los Angeles, Bowling Green State University and Bluffton University. He has been on the composition/theory faculty of the Interlochen Arts Camp since 1991.

Among his composition Awards are two ASCAP Foundation Grants, an award from the Austin Open Theater, the Roy Crane Award for Creativity in the Arts and an Artist Fellowship from the Ohio Arts Council.

Teaching awards and grants include an Innovative Teaching in the Arts Award from the University of Texas at Austin, a Meritorious Professor and Professional Promise Award and two CSU Awards for Research, Scholarship and Creative Activity. The first CSU Award granted him a leave to produce the CD, Simple Requests: New American Music for Computer and Live Performers, the second to compose and record the pieces on his solo CD, A Halo of Dark Stars. Both CDs are commercially available on Cambria Masterworks.

In the 1990s and early 2000s Peter concentrated on interactive electronic music and began to work with web-based media, including Flash, video and 3-d animation. Post-2000 saw a number of releases of these works on CD, particularly works for clarinetist F. Gerard Errante, saxophonist Tim McAllister and pianist Lucia Unrau.

As a composer Peter has been sought out for commissions by numerous chamber groups, concert bands and orchestras, and is comfortable with every level of ensemble from beginner to middle school, high school and advanced ensembles. His music is colorful, dramatic and shows the influences of American popular music, world music and American classical composers such as Leonard Bernstein, Aaron Copland and Samuel Barber. He is particularly proud of the emphasis on playability and melodic interest found in all of the instruments in his music.

Peter is published by Carl Fischer, BRS Music, Dorn Publications (saxophone) and Music for Percussion, Inc.

Outside of composing Peter spends his time studying jazz and fingerstyle guitar, reading and biking.