Photo credit: Dr. John W. Parks IV

Photo credit: Dr. John W. Parks IV

Biography

Peter Soroka is pursuing a Doctor of Music degree in Percussion Performance at Florida State University. As a Graduate Assistant at FSU, he teaches undergraduate percussion lessons, percussion methods, and coaches several percussion ensemble pieces. Peter was awarded performance degrees from the University of North Texas and Virginia Commonwealth University, where he was recognized with honors. His primary teachers include Dr. John W. Parks IV, Dr. Justin Alexander, Christopher Deane, Ed Soph, Ed Smith, Mark Ford, Robert Schietroma, Paul Rennick, Dr. Peter Martin, Dr. Kristopher Keeton and Isaac Edgerton.

Peter was an Artist In Residence at Sweet Briar College in Spring 2015, performing contemporary chamber works as a trio member and premiering, Aubade, by Joshua Harris. He most recently taught on faculty at the University of Richmond in Richmond, Virginia. Peter has performed as a soloist with the Virginia Commonwealth University percussion ensemble and collaborated with dance programs at both Virginia Commonwealth University and the University of North Texas. Additionally, he performed a two week tour in several cities in Poland and Croatia as a member of the University of North Texas graduate percussion ensemble. Peter appears on several recordings of the University of North Texas Wind Symphony conducted by Eugene Corporon.

Peter’s ensembles have placed highly in marching competitions and private students have been accepted into the percussion program at James Madison University. Peter has maintained a private lesson studio since 2008, teaching middle and high school students from Virginia, Texas, and Florida. Peter has performed with Sinfonia Gulf Coast in Destin, Florida and the Tallahassee Symphony Orchestra.