Charles Peck (b.1988) is an American composer whose work has been called “daring” (Philadelphia Inquirer), “vivid” (UArts Edge magazine), and “spell-binding” (Rappahannock News). His music has recently been selected for the Minnesota Orchestra’s Composer Institute and the Albany Symphony’s Composer to Center Stage program and has been performed by the Kaleidoscope Chamber Orchestra, Symphony in C, the New York Youth Symphony, the JACK Quartet, Sandbox Percussion, ensemble mise-en, the Locrian Chamber Players, sTem, Derek Bermel, Ji Hye Jung, Rachel Calloway, Xak Bjerken, and Holly Roadfeldt. He has also been named the winner of the Lake George Music Festival’s Composition Competition, the NC New Music Initiative’s Orchestral Composition Competition, the Frame Dance Music Composition Competition, the Symphony in C’s Young Composers’ Competition, and the Castleton Festival’s Young Composer’s Forum. Peck has been awarded grants from the McKnight Foundation, the American Composers Forum, and the Cornell Council for the Arts. Additionally, his music has been featured at the Aspen Music Festival, the Lake George Music Festival, the Mise-En Music Festival, the New York City Electroacoustic Music Festival, the New Music Gathering, and the highSCORE Festival. His current projects include new pieces for the Boston New Music Initiative and Alarm Will Sound, the latter of which will be premiered at the Mizzou International Composers Festival this summer.
Peck is a doctoral candidate at Cornell University where he earned the Otto R. Stahl Memorial Award in composition. He received his Master’s in Music from the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. There, he was named the winner of the Composition Competition and was awarded the Scott Huston Award for composition. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Music Industry from Drexel University.