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Peterson, James B.



James B. "Jim" Peterson (circa 1913-1990) was a composer and violinist who taught music at the University of Omaha/University of Nebraska at Omaha from 1953 until 1978. He was head of the OU/UNO Music Department from 1953 until 1976. He conducted the University Orchestra during this time. Prior to teaching at OU/UNO, he taught high school music. He graduated from the University of Omaha in 1938, went on to get his master's degree at Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, and his doctorate from the University of Iowa in 1953. He also played with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, served as president of the Metropolitan Arts Council (Omaha), served as president of the Music Teachers National Association, and reviewed music for the Omaha World-Herald newspaper.

Source: "Rites Tuesday for J.B. Peterson." (Obituary.) Omaha World-Herald. March 5, 1990.

Found in 3 Collections and/or Records:

Henry Cox Papers

 Collection — Box 1
Identifier: UNO-0010
Scope and Contents The Henry Cox Collection includes: two photocopies of a lengthy biographical work, "The Life and Career of Henry Cox," author unknown; news clippings about Cox; and the Omaha Musicians Directory, 1914-1915, and a booklet about violins from the library of Henry Cox. The connection between Henry Cox and music programs from 1913 and an explanatory letter dated 1943 is unclear. The collection also includes two unidentified black and white photographs of an orchestra. Cox was the...
Dates: 1913-1963

James Peterson Papers

 Collection — Box 1-2
Identifier: UNO-0009
Scope and Contents The James B. Peterson Papers comprise primarily handwritten scores of Peterson's original music compositions, along with some "autograph copies" (photocopies) of his scores; a reel-to-reel audio recording of Peterson's retirement dinner, April 30, 1978; a newspaper clipping, and a handwritten note. Peterson's compositions include a woodwind quintet, quartet in C, fantasy for oboe and piano, concerto for oboe and wind ensemble, sinfonia for string orchestra, improvisation with...
Dates: 1953-1978

Reflections in Time: Interview with James Peterson, 1986

Identifier: UNO-0021-rfit-james-peterson
Scope and Contents

In 1987, James Peterson, retired University of Nebraska at Omaha Professor (1953-1978) of Music and Chair (1956-1978) of the Department of Music, was interviewed by Paul Borge for Reflections in Time. Professor James Peterson received a Ph.D. (1953) from Iowa State University.

Dates: 1986