Elizabeth B. Peterson, associate professor of music, is the conductor of the Ithaca College Symphonic Band and has been teaching conducting and instrumental music education courses at Ithaca College since 1998. Professor Peterson is currently the supervisor of the junior instrumental student teaching program at Ithaca College. Peterson’s current research focuses on the experiences of first year music teachers. She is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician in the United States and Canada. She received a Doctor of Musical Arts in Music Education from Shenandoah Conservatory, a Master of Music degree from Northwestern University and Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Michigan.
Before moving to Ithaca, from 1986 to1998, Peterson was an arts administrator and director of bands at several public schools in Ohio and Illinois. Peterson played trumpet in the North Shore Community Band under the direction of John P. Paynter. She studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla and Vincent Cichowicz. Peterson is a “New Music” reviewer for the Instrumentalist Magazine and currently serves as co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band, Ithaca’s community band.