Dr. Peter Rothbart maintains an active schedule as a composer, performer, writer, artist and teacher. He is the director of Electroacoustic Studies at the Ithaca College School of Music in Ithaca, New York. He holds a Doctor of Musical Arts in Composition from the Cleveland Institute of Music, a Master of Music in Woodwinds Performance from Ithaca College, a Bachelor of Music in Saxophone Performance from the Eastman School of Music (valedictorian), and a Bachelor of Arts in Individual Concentration from the University of Massachusetts.
Rothbart is active as a composer in both the acoustic and electroacoustic worlds, with three Carnegie Hall premieres to his credit and an Armstrong Award for radio drama. He has written and orchestrated for the Utah Shakespearean Festival during their Tony Award-winning year, and has completed five film scores. His classical works have been published by the Lorenz Corporation, Seesaw Music Publishers and the International Trumpet Guild.
His editing credits include Jazz Profiles for Murray Street Productions and National Public Radio. Rothbart's artwork, based upon the magnetic patterns of sound have been displayed in art shows in New York City, Rochester, Holland and Ithaca, and graced the covers of several magazines. He has authored over 300 published articles for Down Beat Magazine, the Cleveland Plain-Dealer, the Ithaca Journal and other magazines. He is a contributing editor for Journal SEAMUS, of the Society for Electro-Acoustic Music in the United States.
He plays bassoon and contrabassoon with the Binghamton Philharmonic and other regional orchestras and is in demand as an R&B sax player with Nik Entertainment in Rochester, New York. Rothbart has studied classical composition with Donald Erb, Joseph Schwantner, Bill Penn and Sam Adler. His jazz teachers include Max Roach, Archie Shepp, Bill Dobbins, Ray Ricker and Steve Brown. He studied saxophone with Steve Mauk, Ray Ricker and William Osseck, and bassoon/contrabassoon with Matt Ruggiero and Dick Plaster of the Boston Symphony, Sandy Sharoff in New York, Steve Young in Boston and Ed Gobrecht. He holds a United States Patent for the invention of a mixed-meter metronome.