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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 1 Collection or Record:

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 two...
Dates: 1953-1978