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About the Chairperson

Chairperson: Peter DuBois

PETER DuBOIS serves as Director of Music/Organist (full time) at Third Presbyterian Church, Rochester, New York, a position he has held since September, 1991. He oversees a large and active music and arts ministry there. From 2000 to 2014 he also served as Assistant Professor of Sacred Music (part time) and Director of the Sacred Music Diploma program at the Eastman School of Music.

In July 2009, Peter became host of the long-running public radio program, “With Heart and Voice,” stepping in for show creator and long-time host Richard Gladwell on his illness and death. “With Heart and Voice” is a program of sacred choral and organ music, produced by WXXI Public Broadcasting in Rochester, and syndicated nationally to over 125 stations in 36 states. In addition to stations around the country, the Rochester-based program can be heard live online on Sunday mornings 8-10am at, and an archive of each week’s national program is available for on-demand listening online at

Critically acclaimed as a “world class talent,” Mr. DuBois is in frequent demand as a recitalist around the United States and abroad. He has performed throughout much of the United States, and in Europe he has performed recitals in recent seasons at St. Paul’s Cathedral in London; the Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Paris (twice); the Basilica of Ste. Clotilde in Paris and the Cathédrale du Saint-Saveur in Aix-en-Provence. Peter has performed at regional and national conventions of the American Guild of Organists, and most recently at the Organ Historical Society National Convention in 2018.

As a choral conductor, he has performed dozens of major works with orchestra with the Chancel Choir of Third Church, as well as producing annual broadcasts of “A Rochester Festival of Lessons & Carols” for national distribution, and the popular biennial “Boar’s Head and Yule Log Festival” with cast and choir of over 150 people. Peter has led the Chancel Choir of Third Church on two very successful international tours, beginning with a trip in 2001 that included spending a week as Choir-in-Residence at Rochester Cathedral (Kent, UK), and performing as well at Coventry and Salisbury Cathedrals. They returned to the UK in the summer of 2005 for a week as Choir-in-Residence at London’s landmark St. Paul’s Cathedral, as well as performing concerts in Ely and Edinburgh, and a private workshop with noted composer Andrew Carter.

Peter holds the Bachelor of Music degree from the Eastman School of Music, Rochester, New York, where he was a student of renowned artist-teacher David Craighead. He received the Master of Music degree in Organ Performance from the University of Michigan, having studied there with Robert Glasgow. He completed a month of study in Paris in January 2002 while on sabbatical, studying improvisation with Philippe Lefebvre, and repertoire with Marie-Claire Alain and Marie-Louise Langlais.

Peter has been active in the American Guild of Organists, serving as General Chairman for the 1985 Mid-Atlantic Regional Convention held in Charleston, WV, and is a Past Dean of the Kanawha and Rochester chapters of the AGO. He and his wife live in Rochester, and have two grown children.

Peter DuBois is represented by Windwerk Artists,