The music of award-winning composer, Peter Niedmann, is widely performed throughout the United States and has garnered critical acclaim. His choral music has been sung at The White House and a Papal Mass for Pope John Paul II. In the Ending of the Year, for chorus and orchestra, was singled out by American Record Guide magazine as the best new piece on Harvard University Choir’s CD, Carols from the Yard. The American Organist magazine has praised his music as “thoughtful, well-wrought, and appealing.”
In 2019, Peter Niedmann won the Fyfe Prize—an international composition competition—for his anthem, Praise Ye the Lord. His hymns and service music are included in 2 hymnals—Wonder, Love, and Praise (Episcopal) and The New Century Hymnal (United Church of Christ). His music is published by Augsburg-Fortress, GIA, Thorpe-Theodore Presser, Concordia, Paraclete, Sacred Music Press, Lorenz, and Selah. Commissions include: Harvard University Choir; First Presbyterian, Tuscaloosa, AL; First Congregational, Columbus, OH; Archdiocese of Hartford, CT; Chorus of Westerly, RI; Anglican Singers, New London, CT; Christ Church Cathedral, Hartford, CT; AGO Regional Convention.
Peter Niedmann was twice awarded conducting fellowships with Sir David Willcocks by The Chorus of Westerly, Rhode Island. A summa cum laude graduate of the University of Connecticut, where he studied organ with Bach specialist Christa Rakich; he studied piano with Anne Koscielny at the Hartt School of Music. He also holds the AGO Associate and Choir Master certificates.
Born on October 12th, 1960, in New London, Connecticut, Peter Niedmann received his early choral and organ training with George Kent in the choir of Christ Church and The Chorus of Westerly, Rhode Island. Mr. Niedmann was a prize winner at the 1992 AGO National Competition in Organ Improvisation in Atlanta. He was a member of the faculty of the Hartt School, University of Hartford. Mr. Niedmann has been Organist & Director of Music at Church of Christ, Congregational (UCC) in Newington, Connecticut for 26 years. There he leads a multi-generational RSCM choral program of children, adults, and handbells. He is Dean of the American Guild of Organists, Hartford Chapter.