Percussionist, Educator

Peter Saleh

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   Multi-faceted percussionist Peter James Saleh is a founding member of New Jersey's own Exit 9 Percussion Group, with whom he has performed over 200 times. In March 2009 he presented his solo recital program, "Mostly Multi" as well as master classes throughout Kaohsiung, Taiwan and Seoul, Korea.  Other notable featured performances include Princetonís McCarter Theater, The Juilliard School, New York's Town Hall, the Jeju International Brass Festival, Seoul University, NJPAC, Dallas' Bass Hall, Laguardia High School of the Performing Arts, the New York Musical Theater Festival at the Ailey Citigroup Theater, Drew University, and Rutgers University. He has also recorded under conductor Eugene Corporon with the North Texas Wind Symphony on the GIA and Klavier labels.




As an educator, Saleh has placed students into some of the percussion best programs in the country, founded and directs the Central Jersey Youth Percussion Ensemble, guest-lectured at Rutgers University and the Juilliard pre-college, and fellowed at the University of North Texas, and has served as a teaching artist for the Brooklyn Academy of Music and Young Audiences of NJ. . His pedagogic text, "A Percussionist's Handbook" is currently part of the curriculum at Ithaca College.

Peter has also performed as a modern dance musician in NJ and NY, scoring works by NJ/NY choreographers and working at ACDFA. He was also the resident composer/accompanist for the Terpsichore III: Making Waves dance festival in South Carolina in 2006 with NY choreographer Christian Von Howard, and at NJPAC's SYPW 2006-2009. His compositions and arrangements have been performed throughout the country and are published through Drop6 Media, Row-Loff Productions, Innovative Percussion, and Keyboard Percussion Publications. 

Saleh holds a Bachelors of Music from Rutgers University and a Masters degree in percussion performance with a minor in composition from the University of North Texas.

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7/18/10: Being my busiest month of the year, July is yielding some very positive things.

  • -First and foremost, Exit 9's recording of Stamino Sosti is finally available online at CDBaby and Amazon

  • --Also, I am pleased to announce that I am now on the Regional Artist/Educator Roster with Pearl/Adams!

  • ---I am honored to be involved with Arts Education at NJPAC in two capacities yet again this year. I am currently having a blast as the stage drummer for RENT which is running through the end of this month in Newark before moving to the Jersey Shore for the first two weekends of August.  I will also be performing brand new scores to choreography by Ronnie Carney and Marcel Coleman at the SYPW Showcase concert on the 29th of this month at NJPAC in the Victoria Theater. Here is calander/ticket info.

  • ----My endeavors as a dance accompanist are ever expanding, having just played for two friends; newly named Director of Dance at SUNY Purchase, Wallie Wolfgruber and VCU faculty/Von Howard Project director Christian Von Howard in a new capacity for master classes at the US Performing Arts Dance Conservatory. I am also scheduled to accompany workshop classes at the Joffrey School in NYC this August!

6/15/10: I will be presenting "Sculptures in Wood" a benefit concert for the Crescent Avenue Presbyterian Church at 8pm in Plainfield, NJ.  Click here for Facebook event info.

Also, congratulations to former student Dylan Frank for placing second in the 2010 Atlanta Symphony Orchestra Snare Drum Competition.

6/9/10: Video of of Timeless, Here, my collaboration with Shannon MacDowell is now on my YouTube channel and is the current featured video below.

4/16/10: Come see my new score to Julia Ritter's "Always Open, Always Closed" at the Mason Gross Performing Arts Center in the New Theater April 29-May2.  Look in the April 23rd edition of the Star Ledger for info and maybe a pic of two of yours truly.

Congratulations to student Kevin Clifford on winning the YOCJ Concerto Competition.  Also, congratulations to former student Dylan Frank on his successful audition with the Chicago Civic Orchestra.  Well done, guys!

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Performance Clips:


Featured video as of July 18, 2010

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Wind Ensemble

Drum Set

Music for Dance


Rudimental Drumming