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Dr. David Peoples

Dr. David Peoples
Title: Part-Time Faculty
Adjunct Professor of Music
Phone: 678-717-3917

Office: Music, 119A, Gainesville
Areas of Expertise: Composition, Theory, Jazz, Musicology, Recording


As an active composer, David Peoples has filled many commissions and premiered his music for orchestras, wind ensembles, choirs, chamber ensembles, soloists, and jazz bands throughout the Northern Hemisphere. Notably, he has had premiers by the Argento Chamber Ensemble, the U. Memphis Symphony Orchestra, and Luna Nova Chamber Ensemble. Additionally, he has enjoyed jazz premieres by the Jazz Surge with Randy Brecker, David Sanchez, Rufus Reid, and Gary Foster.

David is the winner of the International Jazz Arranging Competition and 3rd place winner in the Luxemburg Composition Competition. Outside of composition, David enjoys other music endeavors as an engraver and recording artist. He has engraved for Robro Music and Distinguished Concerts International – assisting with the premiere of a full oratorio at Carnegie Hall. As a recording artist, he has produced and released several albums. Notably, he co-produced the critically acclaimed 'Out of the Bluffs' album and his recording of Mahler's 2nd Symphony won 2nd prize in the American Prize for Orchestra Performance.

David Peoples has presented research and new music for the College Music Society, Georgia Music Teachers Association, and is the organizer of the 'Music for Now' series in Georgia. He has published four books on reading and composing music – and has written peer reviews for American Music Teacher. Dr. Peoples teaches at the University of North Georgia, where he has taught courses in composition, theory, class piano, and appreciation. He studied at The University of Memphis and the University of Texas at Austin with private compositional studies with Kamran Ince, Jack Cooper, Jim Richens, and John Mills. His music is published by Bluesilhouettes Music and UNC Jazz Press and distributed by J. W. Pepper. David Peoples is an ASCAP artist.


  • DMA, Composition, minor musicology, University of Memphis, 2011
  • M.M., Composition, University of Memphis, 2008
  • B.M., Jazz Composition, University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • A.A., A.S., Music, Physical Science, Riverside City College, 2001

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