Peter Shin

Composer and Visual Artist


Photo by Brianna Park

PETER S. SHIN (b. 1991) is a composer and visual artist whose music thrives on reacting to matters of national identity, social belonging, and other contemporary issues through his Korean-American lens.

Recent honors include a 2017/18 Fulbright Research Grant to South Korea in order to compose an orchestral work at Seoul National University, a 2017 Aspen Music Festival composition fellowship, the 2017/18 New York Youth Symphony “First Music” Orchestra Commission for Carnegie Hall in 2018, selection in the 2017 Minnesota Orchestra Composer Institute, selection in the 2017 New Jersey Symphony Orchestra Edward T. Cone Composition Institute led by Steven Mackey at Princeton University, a 2017 Cohan Collective residency led by Robert Cohan of the Martha Graham Dance Company, and finalist in the 2017 BMI Student Composer Awards. Other highlights include performances with the University of Southern California Thornton Symphony Orchestra, a saxophone quartet concerto with the University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, Juilliard, TEDx, the Bill T. Jones/Arnie Zane Dance Company, and an Honorable Mention in the 2016 ASCAP Morton Gould Young Composer Awards for his saxophone quartet, “MASS HYSTERIA,” (finalist in 2014). Peter is also developing the new music collective, Feral Bodies, debuting in 2017.

He participated in the 2016 League of American Orchestras "Essentials of Orchestra Management" Seminar with 30 other young professionals in the orchestra field in an intensive workshop with guest faculty from the best orchestras across the country. Through this seminar, he was introduced to Youth Orchestra LA at Heart of Los Angeles (YOLA at HOLA), a music program dedicated to the musical training of underserved youth, where Peter helped establish the composition program and currently volunteer teaches. He also has an ongoing mentorship with Ruth Eliel—former Executive Director of the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and the Colburn Foundation—through the USC Thornton Board of Councilors Mentorship Program which consists of leading music industry professionals in the Los Angeles area.

As a photographer and graphic designer, he enjoys providing fellow artists with posters, headshots, and other materials to help actualize their artistic vision. He served as the Marketing and Graphic Design Intern for UMS (University Musical Society), having created over 100 ads promoting performing arts events in their 2013-2014 season, served as Assistant Graphic Designer for the USC Thornton School of Music in the 2015-16 season, and currently serves as photographer for the USC Viterbi School of Engineering. Other clients include the University of Michigan, the Yale School of Music, composers Michael Daugherty and Bright Sheng, with work featured on the Hal Leonard Corporation and Boosey & Hawkes.

Peter received his Bachelors in Composition from the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor and is currently pursuing his Masters in Composition at the University of Southern California Thornton School of Music as a James Newton Howard Music Scholar. Peter’s mentors include Ted Hearne, Frank Ticheli, Sean Friar, Bright Sheng, Michael Daugherty, Ken Foster, Joyce Berg, Stephen Pelkey, Evan Chambers, and Erik Santos.

Curriculum Vitae