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Peter Ellingson is Senior Instructor of music performance at the University of Colorado Denver. He specializes in jazz and Afro-Caribbean music in both his teaching and freelance performing on piano and percussion. As a performer he has worked with numerous artists including Michael Spiro, Luís Conte, and Jerry González as well as hosting the annual “Night of Cuban Music” concert at the University of Colorado Denver.
He received his Bachelor of Music degree from Northern Illinois University and his Master of Music degree from Arizona State University. He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts degree in jazz studies from the University of Colorado at Boulder. Before coming to Denver, he worked as a freelance pianist and percussionist in Chicago, Phoenix, and Virginia Beach. His other teaching experiences come from Colorado Christian University, Red Rocks Community College and Arapahoe Community College.
At CU Denver he directs the Latin Ensemble, instructs the jazz piano students, and teaches a number of piano, ear training, music theory, jazz improvisation, and Latin music history classes. Much of his research at the university has been in the area of Cuban music and its performance.