Associate Professor of Clarinet
- Doctor of Musical Arts
University of South Carolina
Peter M Geldrich is Associate Professor of Clarinet at Valdosta State University and serves as principal clarinet of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in the Kay Jennett Chair. Dr. Geldrich began his clarinet studies with Robert Renino in New York at the age of ten. Since then, he has studied with renowned orchestral clarinetists Loren Kitt, Mitchell Estrin, and Karl Leister, of the National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic respectively. In addition to his role with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Dr. Geldrich plays principal clarinet in the Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA). He frequently performs with Sinfonia Gulf Coast and the Punta Gorda (FL) Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as guest principal clarinet with the Orquesta Sinfonica UANL in Monterrey, Mexico. As a featured soloist, Dr. Geldrich has appeared with the Montclair Symphony Orchestra (NJ), the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, the VSU Wind Ensemble, the VSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, and the Carolina Master Chorale.
Dr. Geldrich has performed in various regional, national, and international conferences including the International Clarinet Association’s Clarinetfest, the International Double Reed Society Conference, the World Alliance of Symphonic Band Ensembles International Conference, the National Flute Association’s Convention, the Music By Women Festival, the Society of Composers, Inc. National Conference, and the Alabama MTNA Conference.
Dr. Geldrich received the Doctor of Musical Arts degree from the University of South Carolina where he studied with Joseph Eller. He received the Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Maryland.