Biography of Professional Activities
Peter Lauffer began his piano studies at the age of five with his father, James, and continued with William and Louise Cheadle of Westminster Choir College. He was awarded the title of the Lawrence Township Scholar in 1969 and was granted a full scholarship to the Lawrenceville School where, upon graduation, he was given the class award for “consistent and significant contributions to the music program”. During this time he was a regular finalist in the Anna B. Stokes and Mary Simon Gindhart Competitions. He received the Stokes first prize in both the piano and voice categories, and was granted an appearance with the Trenton Symphony for winning the Gindhart Competition.
He continued his studies at Indiana University with Dr. Karen Shaw and Dr. David Baker where he earned the Bachelor of Music Degree in Piano Performance. He migrated to New York City where he studied with German Diez for eight years. Later studies were in choral conducting with Doctor Michael Mendoza at The College of New Jersey where he received the Master of Arts Degree focused on vocal music.
Mr. Lauffer has been the Director of Music at The Peddie School and an adjunct instructor of piano at The Lawrenceville School. At The College of New Jersey, he was staff accompanist, head of the piano proficiency program, and Assistant Choral Director for the New Jersey Governor’s School. Mr. Lauffer was Director of the Hopewell Valley Community Chorus, and Director of Choral Activities at Mercer County Community College. From 1990 to 2005, Mr. Lauffer served as Director of Music at the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton.
Mr. Lauffer is currently teaching jazz improvisation at the Westminster College of the Arts of Rider University. He maintains his private studio of 30 years in Trenton where he teaches with his wife and duo-piano partner, Marianne. Mr. Lauffer is well known as a jazz pianist and performs prolifically throughout the tri-state area. He is currently focusing on this aspect of his career developing performing and recording venues.
Did you know?
Mr. Lauffer's rock band "The Burning Daylight" was the first Trenton area band to perform the Iron Butterfly's epic composition, Enna Gada Da Vida, in the summer of 1969. His Jazz trio "Three Piece Down" performed at the Copacabana in New York in 1978. The quartet of "Keys to the Heart" appeared as the Richie Cole Quartet at the 2006 Kristianstad jazz festival in Sweden and the 2009 Cape may jazz festival.
Mr Lauffer appears regularly at Lahiere's Restaurant, 5 Witherspoon Street Princeton NJ 08540. Sets are fridays and saturdays from 8-11 pm. Reservations suggested: 609 921 2798.