was Concertmaster and orchestra agent for five seasons, in which she conducted Amahl and the Night Visitors by Menotti, and performed as Concertmaster in Mikado, The Barber of Seville, Magic Flute, La Boheme, Carmen, and many others.
Mrs. Peterson has taught at Seattle Pacific and Western Washington Universities, Skagit Valley College, Sehome HS, and Shuksan MS. Founder/Director of Starry Night Chamber Orchestra and Chamber Series as well asPeterson Conservatory, she has performed as violin soloist and/or concertmaster with many Northwest ensembles, including Orchestra Seattle with Conductor George Shangrow, Whatcom Symphony with Dr Roger Briggs, Skagit Symphony with Roupen Shakarian, Thalia Symphony with Dr Eric Hansen, Skagit Valley Chorale, Northwest Community Chorale, Cascade Cantabile, Lynden Choral Society, Northwest Ballet Theater, Gig Harbor Philharmonic, and Port Angeles Symphony.
Ms. Peterson trained for several years under the eminent Emanuel Zetlin for violin, and Edison Harris for voice. She performed and toured with the University of Washington Chorale under the direction of Rodney Eichenberg, and received Chamber music instruction from the Philadelphia String Quartet, Christopher Leuba, Sylvia Kind, and Donald McGinnes. She was a member of the award-winning Contemporary Group String Quartet while attending the UW School of Music. Her instructors and conductors at Tanglewood Music Festival (where she attended on a full scholarship) included Leonard Bernstein and Seiji Ozawa.
For several summers she taught vocal technique to young dramatists at META Summer Camps in Mt Vernon. In 2008 -09 she orchestrated and conducted the Starry Night Chamber Orchestra in the Theatre Arts Guild productions of “A Christmas Carol” and “Cinderella”, (and in 2012 she again orchestrated and directed “A Christmas Carol”, this time for META) She recently served as Concertmaster for Grace Experimental Orchestra in Seattle, and Karin Stevens’ Dance Troupe in Ballard and Edmonds,Washington.
Musicals she has conducted: Aladdin, The King and I, Fiddler on the Roof, Oliver, Fame, The Rose and the Ring, Little Women, and Tom Sawyer. In 2007 she directed a chamber orchestra concert tour in China, conducting young performers from Mt Baker Youth Symphony, and giving a Master Class at Bei Hua University, and in 2012, she led, trained and conducted young artists in Shanghai, China at the Songjiang Center for the Arts, with her husband,
Malcolm. She and Malcolm are three- time guest artists at the Monteverde Music Festival, Monteverde Costa Rica.
Other engagements: Concertmaster for NW Ballet Theater’s 2012 Nutcracker, Director- Allegra Women’s Choir. Ms. Peterson serves as Artistic Director for the Sounds of Summer Music Festival, celebrating 21 years of music making, this summer