In addition to concertizing, teaching, conducting, and composing, Joel Peters is co-artistic director and founder of Earth World, a creative force which generates new music, art, and literature through collaboration.
Peters began piano lessons at the age of 15 with Audrey Falk-Janzen in Waldheim, Saskatchewan. Eight years later he earned a Bachelor’s of Music from Canadian Mennonite University, studying piano with Cheryl Pauls and organ with Dietrich Bartel. In 2014, he obtained a Master’s from McGill University, studying repertoire with Hans-Ola Ericsson and improvisation with Dr. William Porter. In May, he graduated from the same university with an Artist Diploma.
Among the numerous awards Peters has received are those recently won in 2016 at le Concours OSM Manuvie: third prize in the organ category; prize for the best performance of the imposed Canadian work; Stingray Rising Stars Award (Public’s Choice); and the Orford Music Prize. And of personal highlight, Peters received perfect scores from the jury members for his final Artist Diploma recital entitled, “Organ Ocean Waves of Sound.” This project also inspired the short story “The Lower Registers” by Toronto-based writer André Forget (core member of Earth World).
Joel Peters is currently Co-Director of Music (organist) at St. James United Church in Montreal.
Diptych for the Baptism of Our Lord