Peter Lauffer, Pianist

Professional Resume (CV)

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TEACHING Experience

Adjunct Faculty Member at Westminster College of the Arts 2007 of Rider University to present. Duties include teaching Jazz Piano classes for the College, the Conservatory, and Continuing Education Department. General music courses are also taught for the University.

Adjunct Faculty at Princeton Day School - private piano teacher and staff accompanist. Guest Lecturer in Jazz Studies at the Hun School, Princeton, NJ 2008. Private Piano studio, Trenton NJ. 1979 to present.

Guest Lecturer for the newly established Jazz Improvisation Class at The College of New Jersey. February 2007. Instruction given to a variety of instrumentalists. Contact person, Gary Feinberg.

Adjunct Faculty at the Lawrenceville School, Lawrenceville NJ 2001 - 2004. Duties included teaching private piano lessons in both Classical and Jazz idioms. Accompanied Musicals, Religious services, and Music Department Concerts.

Faculty Member at Mercer County Community College, Hamilton, NJ. 2000 - 2001. Duties included private piano instruction for music majors and group piano lessons for non-majors. Directed Choir for 2001 fall semester.

Coordinator of the Piano Skills Program at the College of NJ, Ewing NJ. 1997 - 2000. Duties included creating curriculum and teaching basic piano proficiency for music majors who were not piano majors. Music Appreciation for non-majors was also taught.

Staff Accompanist at the College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ. 1993 - 2000. Duties included coaching and preparing student junior and senior recitals required for graduation. Attended lessons and played for Master Classes for both instrumentalists and vocalists.

Director of Music at the Peddie School, Hightstown, NJ. 1989 - 1991 Duties included directing various choral and instrumental ensembles. Established the Jazz Band and Private Lesson program. Developed and taught courses in Music History, History of Jazz, and Music Theory.

Faculty Member at Westminster Conservatory, Princeton, NJ. 1979 - 1988. Duties included teaching private piano students in Classical and/or Jazz Improvisation.


Master of Musical Arts, Granted 1997 the College of New Jersey, Ewing NJ. Thesis: "The Development of Charles Ives's Choral Style and Philosophy". Choral conducting focus mentored by Dr. Michael Mendoza.

Choral Seminars at Westminster Choir College, 1987-89 Conducting: Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced, Techniques for Amateur Choirs, Voice Building for Choirs, Directing High School Choral Programs. Allen Krol, Frauke Hauseman, William Trego.

Bachelor of Music in Piano Performance, Granted 1977

Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Studies with Drs. Karen Shaw and David Baker

Private Piano Studies (The Manhattan Years) 1978-1988

Studies with German Diez, Raphael Disilval and Ena Bronstein Barton (Students of Claudio Arrau)

Secondary School Diploma granted from the Lawrenceville School 1973. Attended this institution on full scholarship as the Lawrence Township Scholar.

Private piano studies with William and Louise Cheadle of Westminster Choir College 1967 - 1973.

Other Experience

Music Director of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Princeton, NJ. 1990 - 2005. Duties included direction of Adult, Youth, and Bell Choirs, and of the Resident Orchestra, The Collegium Musicum. Responsible for two All-Music Sunday Worship Services each year. Programs included Charles Ives Sunday, Schubertiade, Jazz from Four Directions, Composers Among Us, A Celebration of Russian Music, etc.

Director of The Hopewell Valley Community Chorus, Hopewell, NJ. 1992 - 1997. Conducted a fifty voice chorus of singers of wide-ranging ability and training. The two full-length concerts were equally divided between Classical and Jazz-pop styles as mandated by the chorus's bylaws.

Winner of the Gindhart and Stokes piano and voice competitions, Trenton NJ 1967 - 73. Appearance with Trenton Symphony 1973.

Jazz Festival Performances

Kristianstad Jazzfestival, Oktober 5-7 2006, Kristianstad, Sweden

With The Richie Cole Quartet. Visit

The Trenton Summer Jazz Festival, 2000. The Burlington Summer Jazz Festival, 2005 with Richie Cole and the Alto Madness Orchestra.

The Trenton Times Jazz Festival. 1983. Solo Appearance.