Education: Continuing Adjunct Assistant Professor in Saxophone (Woodwind)
Member Type(s): Faculty
Peter Freeman received his formal music training at McGill University where, as a student of Gerald Danovitch, he received an L. Mus. (High Distinction in Saxophone) in the spring of 1974 and a B. Mus. (School Music) later that same year. While an undergraduate, Mr. Freeman was the first student saxophonist to win the prestigious Concerto Competition. In 1984 he earned an M. Mus. Degree (Performance Saxophone), also from McGill University. Mr. Freeman also undertook extensive clarinet studies with Raffaele Masella at the Conservatoire de Musique de Québec, and held the position of Associate Clarinet with the Canada Symphony Orchestra from 1972 – 1973. Since then he has regularly freelanced with l’Orchestre symphonique de Montréal and the National Arts Centre Orchestras, in addition to performing the soprano saxophone solo on the OSM’s recording of Maurice Ravel’s Bolero.
Mr. Freeman has been very active in the Montreal classical and commercial music fields for over 35 years, performing on many recordings, commercial jingles, television shows, film soundtracks, Broadway shows, jazz festivals, and musical tours. He also spent sixteen years as alto saxophonist with the Gerald Danovitch Saxophone Quartet, an internationally acclaimed chamber music group. An experienced adjudicator and examiner, Mr. Freeman was Director of the McGill Conservatory of Music from 1987 to 1991 and currently teaches at the School of Music, Queen’s University, as well as McGill University’s Schulich School of Music.