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Pete@cys.org

Pete Nowlen

Co-Director | Orchestra Camp & Workshops


One of Northern California's busiest musicians, Co-Director Pete Nowlen has been the California Youth Symphony Brass Coach since 1992 and summer camp co-director since 2007. He has been a member of the UC Davis faculty since 1988, and the CSU Sacramento faculty since 1990. In 2013 he was named Artistic Advisor of the Music in the Mountains Festival and Artistic Director of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band. He is the artistic director of Camerata California Chamber Choir and the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra. 

Pete has been the Director of Concert Bands at U.C. Davis since 2002. Orchestral conducting credits include the Sacramento Symphony, U.C. Davis Symphony Orchestra, Sacramento State University Symphony Orchestra, Camellia Symphony, and Music in the Mountains Orchestra. Opera, ballet and theater conducting credits include La Boheme, Hansel und Gretel, Magic Flute, Amahl, Orpheus in the Underworld, La Finta Gardiniere, Billy the Kid, L’Histoire du Soldat, Façade, Little Shop of Horrors, Falsettos, Company, and Man of La Mancha.

Horn performance credits include the San Francisco Symphony, Opera and Ballet orchestras, Symphony Silicon Valley, Sacramento Symphony, Philharmonic and Opera, the Music in the Mountains Festival, and the International Orchestra of Italy. In 1992, Pete was the third prize winner of the International Competition for Solo Horn of the Castle of Duino, Italy, and in 1994 was a semi-finalist in the prestigious American Horn Competition.

Pete is the founder and driving force behind Sacramento's VITA Academy which assists schools in creating music education programs and performances.

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