Dr. Elizabeth Peterson

Associate Director of Bands

Dr. Elizabeth B. Peterson, associate director of bands and clinical professor of music, joined the Illinois faculty in the fall of 2015. Dr. Peterson conducts the University of Illinois Wind Orchestra, serves as the placement coordinator for student teachers, and teaches courses in instrumental conducting. Prior to her appointment at the University of Illinois, Peterson was a tenured professor of music education at the Ithaca College School of Music. During the seventeen years she spent at Ithaca College, Peterson conducted numerous ensembles including the Symphonic Band, Brass Choir and All-Campus Band. She taught courses in conducting, undergraduate and graduate courses in music education, and supervised student teachers. Peterson was the co-conductor of the Ithaca Concert Band (community band) for fifteen years. Dr. Peterson’s current research focuses on the experiences of first-year teachers.

Dr. Peterson is active as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and school music consultant in the United States and Canada. She presents clinics at the local, state and national levels in the field of music education. Peterson’s two books, The Music Teacher's First Year: Tales of Challenge, Joy, and Triumph,” and "The Music Teacher's Later Years: Reflection with Wisdom," are both published by Meredith Music.

Dr. Peterson received a bachelor of music education and bachelor of literature, science and arts degree from the University of Michigan where she studied trumpet with Armando Ghitalla. She received a master of music in music education and trumpet performance from Northwestern University, where she studied trumpet with Vincent Cichowicz, and performed in the North Shore Community Band under the direction of John P. Paynter. She earned a doctor of musical arts in music education from Shenandoah Conservatory. 

Prior to her appointment at Ithaca College, Peterson was an arts administrator and director of bands in the public schools of Ohio and Illinois. Dr. Peterson holds a number of professional memberships including the College Band Directors National Association, The National Association for Music Education, Mu Phi Epsilon, Phi Kappa Phi, and Pi Kappa Lambda. Peterson is a member of the American Bandmasters Association and the Midwest Clinic Board of Directors.