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Peter J. Schoenbach

Musical Studies Liberal Arts, Spanish, Music History Seminars


Peter SchoenbachDr. Peter J. Schoenbach served as Curtis dean and administrative coordinator under Director Rudolf Serkin from 1973 to 1977. In that capacity he headed the Liberal Arts Department and taught courses in literature.

A bassoonist, he studied with his father, former Curtis faculty and Philadelphia Orchestra first bassoon, Sol Schoenbach. Dr. Schoenbach has played with a number of ensembles, including the orchestras of Buffalo, Chautauqua, and Detroit; toured with the English Chamber Orchestra; played in numerous summer festivals, including Tanglewood, Marlboro, and Bowdoin; and performed with the American Wind Symphony Orchestra.

Dr. Schoenbach holds degrees from Swarthmore College, Columbia University, and Rutgers University. He is an expert on the languages, literatures, and musics of the Hispanic world. His bibliography includes articles on Brazilian and Portuguese music, as well as Mexican and Brazilian theater; and reflects residencies in Lisbon, Barcelona, and Rio de Janeiro.

A long-term administrator after Curtis, he served in similar capacities at the New England Conservatory, Boston University, Wayne State University, and his last institution, the State University of New York College at Fredonia, from which he retired as professor of music in 2005. Dr. Schoenbach joined the faculty of the Curtis Institute of Music in 2008.

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