Peter Covino, Jr.

Peter Covino, Jr.Peter Covino, Jr. is a freelance orchestra and band composer, conductor, arranger, music editor, publisher, and TV and movie composer. He writes music for anything – anywhere – from orchestra to musicals to TV commercials to music videos to movies and films, and more.

Peter is originally from New Jersey. He has performed in and or directed many operas, orchestras, and musicals, both on the stage and in the orchestra. He has also played various instruments in concerts and performances – from the timpani and brass to utilization of a synthesizer for multiple instrumentation in concerts to the accordion in Broadway musicals and band.

He attended the Peabody Conservatory of Music with academic core and language at Johns Hopkins University in northern Baltimore, Maryland, where he triple-majored in composition, theory, and conducting. He received his master’s degree from Brigham Young University (BYU) and completed his doctorate work and post-doctorate work on scholarship at the University of North Texas in composition and conducting.

Peter is a contest winner and a published composer and arranger with over 900 published works. He only publishes his music after it has been performed somewhere. Thus, he has hundreds of unpublished original compositions.

His first conducting mentor was Leonard Bernstein, while his first brass instrument teacher was Al Weisman, first trumpeter of the New York Philharmonic. He also studied conducting under Norman Johnson of the Metropolitan Opera, and Anshel Brusilow of the Philadelphia Orchestra, the Dallas Symphony, and The University of North Texas.

He composes music from his head directly into his music-publishing program on his computer. His compositions range from solo instruments to Broadway musicals (where he is currently in production of one of his four musicals).  He has written for television and is currently working on a movie score for a one-hour History Channel documentary. He has also written and produced for many other musical events and programs including choral and symphonic idioms including band and orchestra. His arrangements are in all areas and he has also done studio recordings.

Peter Covino, Jr. is the music director of this Boise area choir, the Alleluia Chorus, and the Idaho Choral Symphony Orchestra. His oratorio, The Messiah, Another Testament, is performed as a concert oratorio or a pageant. It is an account of the origin of The Book of Mormon, its recorded history, and accounts for its coming forth from the dust of the earth. He is a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and has 25 grandchildren.

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