Stephen Peisch received his undergraduate and graduate degrees with honors from the New England Conservatory of Music, where he studied theory and composition with Robert Cogan. For many years, Peisch directed the Preparatory Theory Program at the New England Conservatory. He is the chair of the arts department and director of the music program at Lawrence Academy, where he teaches theory and composition.
Peisch has written in a wide variety of musical styles, including folk, blues, country, rock, and contemporary classical. He currently performs with a rhythm ‘n’ blues trio (Blue Box Set), has performed extensively as a singer/songwriter, and has appeared as a guest artist with the avant-garde rock band, Magonia.
Peisch was commissioned to compose an orchestral piece for the Symphony Pro Music; he received a Horace Mann grant to compose an original musical for the Groton Public Schools; he has written many songs for children’s theatre productions; his piano music was performed twice on the Enchanted Circle concert series at the New England Conservatory of Music; and he received funding from the Massachussetts Cultural Council to present three different recitals of his music in the towns of Groton and Harvard. Most recently, he received an Alfred Nash Patterson grant to compose choral music for the Westford Chorus.
Peisch’s settings of texts by Langston Hughes were performed in the 2002-2003 season at both the New England Conservatory Preparatory School Contemporary Music Festival and the Rivers Music School Contemporary Music Festival. Peisch’s Suite for Piano was performed by David Pihl in October, 2004, on the Northern Essex Community College Chamber Music Series; his Suite for Solo Flute was performed by Michael Finegold on the same series in November, 2005. Peisch recently released a recording of his song settings of Langston Hughes texts, featuring Charlotte Russell, soprano, and David Pihl, piano. In April, 2007, Peisch’s Three Poems for Chorus were performed by the Westford Chorus.