John David Peterson 

Professor Emeritus 



During his 27 years at the Rudi E. Scheidt School of Music, John David Peterson taught organ as well as courses in Musicology, Music Theory, and Sacred Music. He was the Coordinator of the Sacred Music Division and served twice as Associate Director for Graduate Studies.

He holds the degree of Doctor of Musical Arts from the University of Michigan. He has received a number of awards, including the University of Michigan’s prestigious Stanley Medal, a National Endowment for the Humanities grant for a summer Bach seminar with Christoph Wolff at Harvard University, the University of Memphis’ Distinguished Teaching Award (2002,) and the Dean’s Creative Achievement Award (2008.)

He was a frequent performer throughout the United States both as an organist and as a chamber pianist. He is co-editor of the acclaimed Concordia edition of Bach’s Orgelbüchlein, and his articles have appeared in The Diapason, The Organ, The American Organist, 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.