Peter Geldrich is Assistant Professor of Clarinet at Valdosta State University and serves as principal clarinet of the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra in the Kay Jennett Chair. Mr. Geldrich began his clarinet studies with Robert Renino in New York at the age of ten. Since then, he has studied with renowned orchestral clarinetists Loren Kitt, Mitchell Estrin, and Karl Leister, of the National Symphony Orchestra, New York Philharmonic and Berlin Philharmonic respectively. In addition to his role with the Valdosta Symphony Orchestra, Mr. Geldrich plays in the Albany Symphony Orchestra (GA). He frequently performs with Sinfonia Gulf Coast and the Charlotte (FL) Symphony Orchestra. He has also served as guest principal clarinet with the Orquesta Sinfonica UANL in Monterrey, Mexico. As a featured soloist, Mr. Geldrich has appeared with the Montclair Symphony Orchestra (NJ), the VSU Faculty Jazz Ensemble, the VSU Wind Ensemble, and the Carolina Master Chorale alongside acclaimed soprano Arianna Zuckerman. In 2015 Mr. Geldrich was a featured artist at the SCI National Conference in Gainesville, Florida.
An active chamber musician, Mr. Geldrich performs with several ensembles in the southeast. He is a founding member of the Raging Reeds, a woodwind quartet that performed at the 2015 International Double Reed Society Conference in Tokyo, Japan. He also is a member of the Scirocco Quartet, with whom he performed at the 2012 National Flute Convention in Las Vegas, the 2012 Florida Flute Convention, and the Symphony at the Museum Series in Albany, Georgia. As a member of the University of Florida Wind Trio, Mr. Geldrich was a featured performer at the 2011 International Double Reed Society Conference in Tempe, Arizona. He was also a guest artist alongside faculty members at the University of Florida and members of the Jacksonville Symphony in a performance of Stravinsky’s L’Histoire du Soldat for the UF Contemporary Music Festival. In the summer of 2014, Mr. Geldrich performed throughout Italy with the American Chamber Winds. Additionally, he has performed in Spain at the Burgos International Music Festival and in Germany at the Sulzbach-Rosenberg International Music Festival.
Mr. Geldrich is a doctoral candidate in clarinet performance at the University of South Carolina where he is a student of Joseph Eller. He received the Master of Music degree in clarinet performance from the University of Florida and a Bachelor of Music in clarinet performance from the University of Maryland.