Peter Dayton (Trey) has composed over two dozen solo and chamber pieces, as well as works for jazz band, chorus, and orchestra. His works have been performed at universities across the United States and internationally. He received a bachelor's in music composition/theory degree with a minor in english from Vanderbilt University in 2012. He has also studied privately at the Musikhögskolan in Malmö, Sweden and participated in an exchange program with the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. Most recently he participated in the Rocky Ridge Music Festival in Estes Park, Colorado, and in the HighSCORE Music Festival in Pavia, Italy.
Much of his musical inspiration has come from a cross-pollination with other art forms, such as the plastic arts and poetry. Many of his works based on paintings have received accolades from the paintings’ creators or their estates, including the endorsement of the estates of Charley Harper and Ivon Hitchens, and the personal endorsement of the internationally acclaimed Polish-Peruvian artist Fernando de Szyszlo. Peter has also received performances at other academic organizations such as at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay, at the University of Wisconsin - Green Bay and at (SUNY) Stony Brook University on Long Island, and at the University of Georgia in Athens. He has received requests for his music from instructors, students, and professional musicians in America as well as northern and western Europe.
In addition to these university-based endeavors, he engaged with the local Cincinnati music community. His work was performed by Classical Revolution Cincinnati on several occasions, and members of the Price Hill String Quartet helped him in producing a benefit concert of his music. The proceeds of this concert went to Ohio’s Freedom to Marry Ohio, an LGBT rights advocacy organization. In June 2013 he placed as a semi-finalist in chamber music student division of The American Prize for Composition. Peter will be making his commercial debut in November of 2014. His orchestral work "From Sombre Lands" will be released on the ABLAZE Records CD "Orchestral Masters, Vol. 2", performed by the Brno Philharmonic Orchestra. This summer Peter is participating in the Atlantic Music Festival in Waterford, Maine, after which he will be moving to Baltimore to begin a Masters in composition at Peabody Conservatory in the fall of 2014. He will be in Michael Hersch's studio.