Peter Sheridan is a creative performer, educator and passionate supporter of new music whom has commissioned over one hundred works for the low flutes. A native of New York City, he studied at the High School of Music and Art (La Guardia Performing Arts), Mannes College of Music and the Juilliard Preparatory Division. Further graduate studies were undertaken at London Goldsmith's College and the Universities of Arizona (Tucson) and California-Los Angeles (UCLA). Mr. Sheridan currently lives in Melbourne Australia, and is a active Teaching Associate for the Sir Zelman Cowen School of Music-Monash University, where he is director the University Flute Ensemble. He is Head of Woodwinds, at Donvale Christian College, where he coordinates their exciting and fun 'Instrumental Bands Program.' As a recording artist Sheridan has appeared on Hollywood soundtracks as well as various independent chamber music recordings, and has completed several landmark albums featuring the unique tones of the low flutes with the independent Australian record label MOVE Records, as well as a recent album with the Wirripang label. These CD's have received strong reviews and have been aired on ABC National, 3 MBS and 5 MBS radio stations in Australia and on airwaves abroad as well. Sheridan was invited to conduct the 'Opening Flute Ensemble Concert' at the 43rd National Flute Association Convention (San Diego), where he led over 250 flutists in compositions by Australian and American composers.
As a 'low flutes' specialist, Sheridan has commissioned, promoted and collaborated on numerous projects featuring these large flutes. With compositions for Alto, Bass, Albisiphone, Contrabass, Sub-Contrabass and Hyperbass flutes he has inspired a thriving new repertoire for these instruments and has ignited a growing interest in their exciting sounds and flexible abilities both as ensemble members and center stage soloist(s). He motivated the construction of the World's lowest (and largest) flute: the Hyperbass (chromatic), which plays lower than the concert piano (C-0), and has visions for a Subhyperbass flute which will play down to C-1 (64' length).
In Australia, he commissioned Andrian Pertout's 'Here and Now (2016),' a multi-movement concerto for Low Flutes, Strings and Electronic Soundscape and has premiered the 'Lyric Concerto' (contrabass flute/strings) by Bruce Lawrence with the Melbourne Musicians Society, Madelyn Byrne's "In A Winter's Landscape (bass flute/ electronics) for the Austral-Asian Computer Music Association Conference (Qld), and Houston Dunleavy's extraordinary double concerto 'Waiting for the Clouds To Part' (for C flute/piccolo and bass/alto flute) with the Heildelberg Wind Ensemble.
As a founding member of the innovative 'Los Angeles Flute Quartet' (2001-2007), he discovered his 'true flute voice' supporting the lower end of that vibrant ensemble for a number of years. Peter warmly expresses his heart-felt gratitude to his LAFQ colleagues whom provided him the opportunity to explore these low flutes in 'real- time' and thus begin his life-long relationship with their haunting qualities. He has performed as a soloist and guest ensemble member with the established 'Los Angeles Flute Orchestra,' under conductor and composer Peter Senchuk, and has appeared in numerous festivals and International conventions, throughout the United States, Canada, Holland, Japan, England, New Zealand and Australia. In 2016, he was the invited guest artist for the 'Mid-Alantic Flute Fair' (Wash. D.C.-US) and has invitations from the New Jersey, Seattle and Portland Flute Societies for the 2017 season. He has plans to travel to Iceland, Singapore, China and Russia in 2018-19 to present his innovative workshop and performances, 'Exploring the Low Flutes.'
As an Orchestral and chamber musician he has worked with the the Hollywood Studio Orchestra, Australian Philharmonic, Australian National Academy of Music, Grand Canyon Music Festival (on PBS), Aspen Music Festival (on NPR), Pasadena and Thousand Oaks Symphonies, the Mannes Camerata, Arizona Opera Company, San Bernardino Pops as well as the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra. Peter has presented numerous master classes and programs for various arts organizations, including: the National Flute Association, American Composers Forum, California and Queensland Music Teachers Association, The Los Angeles Bach Society, British Flute Society, Australian Flute Festival, and the Canadian Flute and Japanese Flute Associations. He has been an invited guest soloist with the acclaimed Fisenden Flute Ensemble (Perth) and the NFA Professional Flute Choir performing Peter Senchuk's 'Nuestro Pueblo' (for low flutes and flute ensemble).
Peter is honoured to have studied with Thomas Nyfenger, Sheridon Stokes, Janos Balint (Hungary), Judith Mendenhall, Nadine Asin, Bonnie Lichter and Clare Hoffmann (who's patience and dedication seasoned him into a flute player!). He has performed in Master classes by Baker, Schocker, Nicolet, Schulz, and Chesis and has been the recipient of awards and grants from Monash University, Mannes College, Aspen Music Festival, American Composers Forum: Subito, University of Arizona, New York City Honours Orchestra, Turtle Bay Music School and Santa Monica College, where he was nominated ''Outstanding Professor" by the International Student Committee. In 2009 and 2010 he was presented with the "Dean's Commendation of Excellence in Teaching" for his outstanding contribution to the Faculty of Arts at Monash University-Melbourne, Australia.
As a Conductor, Mr. Sheridan has lead numerous flute ensembles at such institutions and arts organizations as: the National Flute Association, Victorian College of the Arts, University of California- Los Angeles and Arizona University. Over the years he has assisted with conducting and leading tutorials for the Monash University Wind Symphony, Percy Grainger Youth Orchestra (MYM) and was director of the Santa Monica College Wind Band from 2004-2007. He has had informal conducting tuition from master-teachers as Greg Hanson and Donald Neuen and was a participating student-conductor in the 2015 Summer Conducting Course with Dr. John Lynch (Melb). He currently directs the Senior Concert Band, Training Band and Senior Flute Ensemble at Donvale Christian College and enjoys his time as director of the vibrant and energetic Monash University Flute Ensemble which performs on all the multiple flutes. This student-based University ensemble recently has completed three commercial recordings and were invited to perform at the Australian flute festival on two occasions. Mr. Sheridan was invited to audition for the position of Conductor/ Music director of the Frankston Symphony and Croydon Wind Ensemble in 2012/14, and has continued to assist with the Frankston annual workshops.
Premieres and commissions have included compositions by: Gary Schocker, Daniel Dorff, Andrian Pertout, Houston Dunleavy, Alex Shapiro, Eve de Castro-Robinson, David Loeb, Paul Chihara, Andrew Downes, Larry Sitsky, Billy Kerr, Rhian Samuels, Adrienne Albert, Sheridon Stokes, Taran Carter, Joanna Selleck, Ali Ryerson, Jeffrey Miller, Vinny Golia, Patrick Neher, Bruce Lawrence, Vaughan McAlley and Reena Esmail among numerous other composers. Future projects include collaborations with composers/ performers such as Mike Mower, Robert Dick, Stephan Keller and Dominy Clements to name a few.
Peter has recorded for Albany, Innova, Move, Wirripang, Warner Music Latina, and Varese Sarabande and Forest-Glade record labels. As a passionate commissioner of new music, with some 100 compositions from eight countries, his artistic mission is to develop and expand music and recordings for all the 'Low Flutes' (flutes playing below middle C). Peter also improvises jazz-rock solos for the lower flutes, involving extended techniques. Sheridan plays on Kotato and Fukushima Bass and Contra bass flutes, as well as a Sub-Contra and Hyperbass flute from Jelle Hogenhuis (Holland). He has recently purchased a 1918 Albisiphone (T=Shaped vertical bass flute) which was created by the Italian flutist Alberlado Albisi.
As a caring, dedicated and energetic teacher and lecturer Mr. Sheridan has served on the Music faculties of Melbourne University (AU), La Sierra University, Santa Monica College, and El Camino College (CA), both as Professor of Flute and Lecturer. He has been a guest lecturer at UCLA, Arizona (Tucson), Portland State, Cal Arts (Northridge), Cal State Fresno, Omaha, Auckland and Winnipeg Universities. Peter presents recitals throughout regional Victoria and is a frequent guest soloist at some of Melbourne's well-established churches including St. Michael's on Collins Street, Toorak Uniting Church and St. Patrick's Catholic Church in Mentone.
Mr. Sheridan is a member of the Australian Music Centre (AMC) and a past committee member and continued supporter of the Victorian Flute Guild (AU) as well as a proud lifetime member of the National Flute Association. He has been a member of the National Flute Association 'Low Flutes Committee,' since 2010 and has been a guest on the Artistic Panel of the Australian Composers publishers, Wirripang since 2014.