Reviews

Miles Terracina, Sobre Sound
Few people who work in music in central Texas are as beloved as Troy Peters. The Coach Pop of music, Troy Peters has taught and inspired many students over the years both here in San Antonio and outside the state. [2016]

James Courtney, San Antonio Current
For those of us who make it our business to know what’s good in San Antonio music, Troy Peters—composer, music advocate, and director of Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA)—has been a beacon of inspiration for years now. Aside from his gifts as a conductor and composer, he has the patient, endlessly uplifting manner of the best teachers, and an edifying/gratifying penchant for bridging the gap between the classical music world and the local music scene (see especially YOSA’s highly-lauded, collaborative shows OK Computer Live and Abbey Road Live). [2016]Last night the Youth Orchestras of San Antonio (YOSA), along with 12 local bands, presented Abbey Road Live at the Tobin Center. The atmosphere was wrought with anticipation as the young players of the YOSA Philharmonic, led by consistently brilliant and impossibly cool director Troy Peters, prepared to follow up the huge success of last summer’s OK Computer Live. [2016]

Tami Kegley, The Rivard Report (San Antonio)
Under the baton of YOSA Music Director Troy Peters, these young musicians delivered the goods…. masterful performance…. Hearing these familiar favorites performed so very well and with immaculate sound reproduction was the proof of success. The very appreciative audience members rewarded the performance with a standing ovation. [2014]

Daniel Coombs, Audiophile Audition
The performances here are wonderful…. The Vermont Symphony is a wonderful ensemble showcased well in this recording and well deserving of a larger national reputation. Conductors Sarah Hicks and Troy Peters are gifted conductors who craft sensitive performances from the ensemble. [2012]

Mike Greenberg, Incident Light (San Antonio)
Troy Peters has overseen a huge, transformative improvement in the orchestra since his 2009 appointment as the Philharmonic’s conductor and YOSA’s overall music director…. Mr. Peters proved once again to be a sensitive and highly musical conductor, giving fine shape and firm support to long lyrical lines and guiding the orchestra well through tricky rhythms. [2012]The YOSA Philharmonic’s music director, Troy Peters, had won high marks for leading two San Antonio Symphony rehearsals at short notice last week when the guest conductor took ill…. Peters proved to be a strong conductor. His very precise but expressive stick held the orchestra nicely together through the daunting rhythmic intricacies of “Sensemaya.” His pacing and his lyrical line in the Beethoven Seventh were exemplary…. The performance suggested that Peters is pushing his young charges as they should be pushed, with first-rate, fully mature music that’s a little beyond their ability; and pulling them as they should be pulled, with clear guidance and astute musicality. [2010]

Violinist and conductor Jaime Laredo
You know, there’s a lot of youth orchestras all over the country, a lot of very good ones, and I’ve worked with a lot of them – but there’s something special here. There’s a lot of giving here. This just says so much about Troy. He’s doing a fantastic job. I mean, he really is, God bless him.

James Wegg, www.jamesweggreview.org
Conductor Troy Peters effectively harnesses the massive, purposely overwhelming force of the [Vermont Symphony Orchestra], then delivers precision “snaps” as the soloists turn to triplets for solace, only to find a gripping sadness in their troubled oneness. [2012]

Dan Wolfe, The Shelburne News (Vermont)
Peters convinced me of his musical and educational gifts towards the beginning of his tenure, when he led the orchestra in a concert that included the Berlioz Symphonie fantastique and a Prokofiev concerto. I watched the way he marked rhythmic drive and was a model of conductorial exactitude, while at the same time he demanded from the players that they be independent, making them co-creators with him of some very difficult music. He made very few concessions when co-creating music…. To Troy I offer my profound thanks for all he has done for music in Vermont. [2009]The orchestra under the direction of Troy Peters partnered the trio beautifully, never disturbing the texture and never overshadowing the soloists…. If the triple concerto was the calling card for the concert, the genuine surprise of the afternoon was the playing of the Brahms Symphony No. 1 in C minor, Opus 68. It was a performance that any orchestra would have been glad to have given. The breadth of line, the Brahmsian rhythms and cross-rhythms, the depth of feeling – everything conspired to make this a truly memorable performance. [2008]The Vermont Youth Orchestra, under the direction of its music director and conductor and resident sorcerer, Troy Peters, has become an extremely viable musical instrument. They have gone from strength to strength in their performances, and they have become ambassadors of the kind of music making that has perfection as a goal, but musical integrity as an even higher goal. I am certain that graduates of the VYO will go to college and beyond and stay close to the music. They have learned with Peters what music is about, and surely what they have learned will follow them lifelong.

Jim Lowe, The Times Argus (Vermont)
Troy Peters’ debut as music director of the Montpelier Chamber Orchestra Society (MCOS) proved promising, with a nearly electric performance Mozart’s Symphony No. 29. At Sunday’s performance at Vermont College’s College Hall, works by Elgar and Percy Grainger, along with two works featuring bassoon soloist Rachael Elliott, suggest a bright future for the 13-year-old community orchestra…. Peters proved not only an able conductor but a musician of substance in Mozart’s Symphony No. 29 in A Major, K. 201, one of the composer’s youthful masterpieces. The opening allegro moderato, despite some heavy winds, was light and joyful. The winds were the stars in the light and lyrical andante. The menuet was appropriately elegant, while the closing allegro con spirito was spirited and grand. The performance was by no means flawless, but it was joyful music-making – for the audience as well as the musicians…. Peters’ debut concert promises a new musical growth for the MCOS. [2007]The Vermont Philharmonic’s annual holiday presentation of Handel’s Messiah was its best sounding yet, and it doesn’t hurt that it is some of the most beautiful music ever written…. Guest conductor Troy Peters lead the community forces in a very traditional but satisfying performance of Part I, the Christmas section plus the “Hallelujah” chorus, of Handel’s great oratorio that follows the entire life of Jesus Christ. The vocal soloists were particularly effective, and the orchestra played this work the best it has in memory…. Peters, music director of the Vermont Youth Orchestra, among other things, is an excellent musician and his instincts throughout proved effective… he created the grand feeling ofMessiah and filled it with beauty. [2001]

Andrew Nemethy, The Times Argus (Vermont)
Troy Peters opens new doors of opportunity for talented young musicians…. By all accounts from those who know him, it’s a task for which he is ideally suited.