User:Peter M. Armstrong/Biography

Peter McKenzie Armstrong (b.1940)
Education: Harvard College, attended ('59-61).  Longy School of Music, Diploma
in Performance ('67).  Emerson College, BM ('68).  Yale School of Music, MMA in
Performance ('72), DMA on the Late Works of Ferruccio Busoni ('80).  University
of North Texas, post-doc residency in Composition and computer music ('84-85).
Studies: Composition with Nicholas Van Slyck, Alexander Goehr, Thomas Clark,
Phil Winsor, Larry Austin;  Theory with Randall Thompson, Robert Moevs, Hall
Overton, Kevin Korsyn;  Piano with Gregory Tucker, Artur Balsam, Ernst Lévy,
Kyriena Siloti, John Kirkpatrick.
Awards: New York Music Education League's Steinway Hall Piano Competition,
first prize; Harvard - Dean's List;  Longy - scholarships;  Emerson - state scholarship;
Yale - Martha Curtis Miles and Ellsworth Grumann Scholarships, Junior Fellowship,
Grad. Assist. Instr. in Piano, Grad. Assist. to Curator of the Charles E. Ives Collection.
Teaching (posts in reverse order): Midwestern TX State University, Assoc. Professor
as first occupant of the Bolin Chair - studio piano, piano masterclass;  Trinity College
(CT) as Lecturer/Artist in Residence - ear training, tonal harmony, modal counterpoint;
Wesleyan University CT as Visiting Instructor & Instrumental Teacher;  Neighborhood
Music School (New Haven), Hartford Conservatory, Ethel Walker School, Miss Porter's
School, Choate Rosemary Hall - piano and ensemble;  Longy School - Preparatory
Computer Programming: At IBIDINC (a Forth-lang shop in Hartford CT) - wrote the
intercommunications test suite for Coleco's Talking Cabbage Patch Kids ('85-6);
At the Federal Judiciary, served from '95 as Linux Systems Administrator for the U.S.
Bankruptcy Court's Connecticut Division - maintaining 3 servers, website building,
coding variously in Bash/PERL/HTML; retired in 2011.
Affiliations (past/present): ACMA, AMC, AGNULA, CMS, CSND, EMF, ICMA, IMSLP,
J, LAD, MDSO, NMUSA, SCI, SEAMUS, SIGAPL, SMCM; served for a season as
president of the Studio of Electronic Music Inc. (SEMI), Simsbury.
For Compositions, related Algorithms, and Performances see separate pages.