Peter DuBois

Peter Dubois, organ
Peter DuBois serves as Director of Music/Organist (full time) at Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, New York, a position he has held since September 1991. He oversees a large and active music and arts ministry there.  Since 2000 he has also served as Assistant Professor of Sacred Music (part time) and in 2001 was appointed Director of the Sacred Music Diploma program at the Eastman School of Music.  Prior to his appointment atThirdChurch, he served for ten years as Director of Music/Organist at Christ Church United Methodist in Charleston, West Virginia. He also has taught organ at West Virginia Wesleyan College and the University of Charleston.

In July 2009, Peter became host of the long-running public radio program, “With Heart and Voice,” stepping in for show creator and long-time host Richard Gladwell on his illness and death. "With Heart and Voice” is a program of sacred choral and organ music, and is produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester. It is syndicated nationally to over 100 stations in 36 states. In addition to stations around the country, the Rochester-based program can be heard live online on Sunday mornings 8-10 am at, and each week’s national program is available for on-demand listening online at

Critically acclaimed as a “world class talent,” Mr. DuBois is in frequent demand as a recitalist around the United States and abroad. He has performed throughout much of the United States, and in Europe he has performed recitals in recent seasons at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London; the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris; the Basilica of Ste. Clotilde in Paris and the Cathédrale du Saint-Saveur in Aix-en-Provence. In addition, he has performed at the Piccolo Spoleto Festival in Charleston, South Carolina; at the Washington National Cathedral; Grace Cathedral, San Francisco; at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C.; and in master classes with Arthur Poister, Gillian Weir, Naji Hakim and Marie-Louise Langlais.

He was Second Place Winner in the 1988 National Young Artists Competition in Organ Performance sponsored by the American Guild of Organists in conjunction with their National Convention in Houston, Texas, and was First Place Winner in the 1987 Mid-Atlantic Regional Competition of the AGO in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

Peter holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music,Rochester,New York, where he was a student of renowned artist-teacher David Craighead. He received the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan, having studied there with Robert Glasgow. Former teachers also include David Mulbury, Clyde English and Marie Boette. He completed a month of study in Paris in January 2002 while on sabbatical, studying improvisation with Philippe Lefebvre, and repertoire with Marie-Claire Alain and Marie-Louise Langlais.

Peter has performed both standard and contemporary organ concertos with several orchestras, including a performance of the Poulenc Concerto in G minor for Organ, Strings and Timpani with the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra, and a performance of Stephen Paulus’ 1992 Concerto for Organ, Timpani, Percussion and Strings with the West Virginia Symphony Orchestra.  He has led the Chancel Choir of Third Church on two very successful international tours, beginning with a trip in 2001 that included spending a week as Choir-in-Residence at Rochester Cathedral (Kent, UK), and performing as well at Coventry and Salisbury Cathedrals.  They returned to the UK in the summer of 2005 for a week as Choir-in-Residence at London’s landmark St. Paul’s Cathedral, as well as performing concerts in Ely and Edinburgh, and a private workshop with noted composer Andrew Carter.

Peter made his New York City debut as a collaborative pianist, accompanying baritone Derrick Smith and trumpeter Herbert Smith in recital at Carnegie Hall’s Weill Recital Hall in December 2006.

Peter is active not only as a recitalist and church musician, but as an organ clinician for various groups.  He has been organ clinician for summer conferences of the National Fellowship of American Baptist Musicians in Green Lake, Wisconsin, and of the Northeastern Jurisdiction of the Fellowship of United Methodists in Worship, Music and the Other Arts. He participated as a presenter at the 15th AGO National Conference on Organ Pedagogy: Teaching Church Music in North America, held at Yale University (2009), and recently served as a judge for the final round of the Mu Phi Epsilon International Performance Competition (2011).

Peter has been active in the American Guild of Organists, serving as General Chairman for the 1985 Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention held in Charleston, WV, and is a Past Dean of the Kanawha and Rochester chapters of the AGO, and currently serves the Rochester Chapter again as Dean.