About | Composer
Peter B. Kay is a storyteller without words, using music to create compelling narratives. His depictions are imaginative, mysterious, whimsical, and entertaining. Peter combines classical traditions with modern folk/pop influences and contemporary techniques resulting in a voice that is both fresh and familiar.
Composer in Residence for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO), Peter also currently serves as the SPO’s General Manager and Graphic Designer, as well as overseeing the artistic direction of the enormously popular “Espresso” chamber music series. He has written and arranged several works for the SPO including film showings of the silent classics "Nosferatu" and Charlie Chaplin's "The Kid".
An advocate for New Music, in 2014 Peter founded Treefalls, a non-profit organization dedicated to performing the music of living composers – particularly premieres or music written by under-represented groups. Based in the upstate of South Carolina, the organization has so far programmed 10 world premiere performances, dozens of SC premieres, presented 9 exclusively Treefalls concerts, partnered in 4 other large-scale New Music events, held 4 local, regional, and international Calls for Scores, and commissioned 6 new works by local living composers.
Peter received his undergraduate degree in music from Furman University where he studied with award-winning composer Mark Kilstofte. He went on to receive his graduate degrees from the University of South Carolina, where he studied with composers John Fitz Rogers, Samuel O. Douglas, and Reginald Bain with an emphasis in Music Composition and additional interests in Film Sound and Musical Humor studies.
About | Graphic Designer
Peter B. Kay enjoys designing for a broad range of clients, but he is particularly interested in projects that involve musical elements. Working primarily with digital media, his work often includes hints of realism with a touch of nostalgia or clever and contemporary abstract illustrations. He explores each subject fully, crafting just the right combination of imagery, color, and font/text (when applicable).
Though trained in the Visual Arts with an emphasis on 2D work, Peter eventually chose to focus on the study of Music when completing his undergraduate degree. Still, he maintained his passion for design and continued to take freelance jobs as they came. In 2015, he took a full-time position as the Graphic Designer and Composer in Residence for the Spartanburg Philharmonic Orchestra (SPO).
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