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Welcome to Peter Dayton's official website! Here you can learn more about Dayton's many artistic endeavors, peruse his catalogue of scores and discography, order music for study or performance, and stay up to date on news of recent and future concerts.

Baltimore-based, freelance composer Peter Dayton writes music that appeals to diverse listeners through its remarkable combination of energy and intimacy. His compositions have been performed across North America and in Europe; his orchestral pieces have been recorded by the Brno Philharmonic for the Ablaze label. Peter Dayton is involved in LGBT community activism, and was one of the founders of the Baltimore artist collective and multimedia series Amplified Cactus

Peter is the Deputy Director for Arts Education in Maryland Schools (AEMS), a Baltimore-based, statewide non-profit that advocates for and advances equitable access to quality arts education for Maryland's public school students.

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Featured Accolades

"Dayton's compositional range is impressive; his emotional, personal touch remains consistent... I look forward to hearing more from him."

Nathan Faro, for American Record Guide

"...This experience will live with me for a very long time, and it is no exaggeration (though perhaps partly influenced by post-concert afterglow) to say that this is a new high watermark in my musical life."

Casey Mullin, Violist, co-commissioner of the Sonata for Viola and Piano

"...a composer whose heart and care are palpable. His melodic sensibilities are at center stage... a voice that deserves to be heard often."

Stephanie Ann Boyd, for American Record Guide

"...a refined sense of melodic arcs and harmonic motion..."

Tim Smith, The Baltimore Sun


"Thanks to you for the pleasure you have given me with your music and for understanding what I search for in painting."

Fernando de Szyszlo, Painter, Winner of the Order of the Sun of Peru

Watch a new interview with composer Peter Dayton and star soprano Katie Procell about their new album: Stories Out of Cherry Stems: Katie Procell sings works by Peter Dayton

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Peter's new album Stories Out of Cherry Stems: Katie Procell sings works by Peter Dayton has received praise from various outlets, including:

  • Opera Ramblings Blog: "This is clever and sophisticated music. The accompanying instruments are well matched to their texts and the moods range from very playful to really rather dark." Read More

  • Take Effect Reviews: "A powerful listen that can also at times be delicate, Dayton creates a stunning, original body of work that will certainly impress the chamber and vocal music inclined."  Read More 

  • The Clarinet (Online): "The album overall presents a diverse yet cohesive demonstration of Dayton’s skilled and thoughtful writing and brings the listener on a captivating and engaging sonic adventure." Read More

  • Opera News (Critic's Choice): "Dayton continually creates fresh and interesting sounds... while Procell enthusiastically illuminates his idiosyncratic explorations with her gleaming soprano." Read More

Multi-instrumentalist Ronnal Ford has created a virtual saxophone quartet performance of Peter's Still Wing On: Three Transcriptions for Saxophone Quartet Watch & listen below!

Watch Peter's performance of From Sombre Lands at the opening of the John Hitchens: Aspects of Landscape 80th birthday retrospective opening at the Southampton City Art Gallery on March 12, 2020

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  • October 12th, 8pm CDT, 2400 Blakemore Ave, Nashville, TN 37212: Peter will present selections from his album Stories Out of Cherry Stems: Katie Procell sings works by Peter Dayton at concert at Vanderbilt University's Blair School of Music - starring Katie Procell. From the album she will perform Desiderata and Si Solamente

  • October 16th, 6pm EDT, University of Maryland, College Park: Katie Procell and Kyle Blake Jones will perform Peter's Desiderata at the DC New Music Festival. Stay tuned for more information!

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