PETER BAGLEY, Professor Emeritus of Music and former Special Assistant to the Dean of the School of Fine Arts at The University of Connecticut, received his B.S. in Music Education at the Crane School of Music, State University of New York at Potsdam, and his D.M. in Choral Conducting under Julius Herford at Indiana University. He taught public school music in Greenwich, Connecticut, and prior to his appointment as Director of Choral Activities at UConn, was Professor of Music at the State University of New York, College at New Paltz.
Dr. Bagley has been invited as guest conductor and choral clinician for numerous festivals and all-state choirs throughout the country. Among many engagements, he recently conducted the M.E.N.C. All-Eastern Division Chorus in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and launched his international career as choral clinician for various choirs in a ten-city tour of New Zealand sponsored by the New Zealand Choral Federation. Other engagements include an appointment to the faculty of the Oklahoma Summer Arts Institute, an appointment for the Artist-in Residency Program in Portland, Maine, an invitation to conduct at the International Honor Band and Choir Festival hosted by the International School at The Hague an appointment to the faculty of master conductors for the Dennis Keene Choral Festival in Kent, CT., and Artist in Residence at the University of Missouri Kansas City Conservatory of Music. Together with the University of Connecticut Festival Chorus and Orchestra, Dr. Bagley made his Carnegie Hall debut June 1997 conducting Maurice Duruflé's Requiem. For the millennium celebration he conducted the Men's Honor Choir at the ACDA Eastern Division Conference, Baltimore, 2000.
Dr. Bagley is an active member of the American Choral Directors Association, and was honored in October 1990 by the Connecticut chapter as "... the Connecticut Choral Educator of the Year." He was an active member of the Boards of Chorus America and the Hall Johnson Institute, and his professional achievements are recognized in Who's Who in the East, and Who's Who Among Black Americans. In April 2006 he received the University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts Lifetime Achievement Award, and in the following year he returned to his alma mater at the Crane School of Music, SUNY, Potsdam to receive the Helen M. Hosmer Excellence in Teaching Award. In the spring of 2009, he appeared on a panel with five esteemed conductors entitled, “Legends in the American Choral Tradition” at the national ACDA convention, Oklahoma City, OK. At the national ACDA convention in Chicago, IL he conducted the 2011 Men’s Honor Choir, and in June, he traveled to Nairobi, Kenya conducting the Nairobi Chamber Choir and the Safaricom Community Choir and Orchestra in a performance of Vivaldi’s Gloria. That same choir recently represented the nation of Kenya at the celebrations marking the diamond jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II in London.