Peter A. Hilliard (full)

Peter A. Hilliard

Resident Music Director

Musical Theatre

PETER A. HILLIARD holds degrees in Composition from the San Francisco Conservatory and in Musical Theatre Writing from NYU. His musicals, Don Imbroglio, and Going Down Swingin’, appeared in the New York Musical Theatre Festival, and his opera The Filthy Habit was a finalist in the National Opera Association Chamber Opera Competition. It was the first opera ever presented in the Chicago Fringe Festival and has been produced 7 times. His opera Blue Viola premiered two years ago at Urban Arias in Arlington, VA and has subsequently been produced at Lyric Opera of The North and Opera Memphis.

His new opera The 13ther will receive a workshop at Carnegie Mellon this Spring and premiere in Washington D.C. in the fall of 2018. Peter has accompanied many singers, including Krissy Fraelich, Jeff Coon, Christiane Noll, and Marla Schaffel. Peter is an active orchestral and choral composer, and has music directed on both coasts and Off-Broadway. He conducted The Pirates of Penzance in 2016 at the International Gilbert and Sullivan festival in Harrogate, England.

His performing edition of Victor Herbert’s 1911 Opera Natoma, crafted using the original parts at the Library of Congress was heard in a full reading in New York in 2014 for the first time in over 80 years. Opera News wrote that Natoma “turns out to be a real piece of buried treasure. Herbert’s score is gorgeous.” Hilliard is the music director of the Savoy Company and the Abington Choral Club and occasionally plays Jazz Piano in the Bob Wagner Quartet.