Roger W. Petersen (b. 1976) is currently an Associate Professor of Composition and Theory at Del Mar College in Corpus Christi, Texas. Prior to his appointment at Del Mar College in 2013, he spent two years teaching in a similar capacity at Mahidol University in Bangkok, Thailand. A San Francisco native, he holds degrees from Michigan State University (DMA/Composition and MM/Theory), San Francisco Conservatory of Music (MM/Composition), and Sonoma State University (BFA). He has studied composition with Ricardo Lorenz, Elinor Armer, and Will Johnson.
His compositions have been recorded and commercially released on a number of albums; including Song for Sarah on Scott Hagarty’s latest album Determination: Music for Trumpet; Naxos: Journey with Dia on the Atlantic Harp Duo’s album Ariadne Rediviva; Where Her Lingering Smile Resides with conductor Gudni Emilsson and the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra; Raining Light on the album, Winds of Salaya; Chasing the Silence (saxophone quartet) and In Dreams (saxophone ensemble) by the h2 quartet for their album, Times and Spaces..
Commissions have come from the Thailand Philharmonic Orchestra, Brass Arts Quintet, Contemporary Enclave, Atlantic Harp Duo, h2 quartet, San Francisco International Music Festival, Southeastern Louisiana University, Schola Cantorum of San Francisco, Bay Area Composers’ Circle, and MSU Wind Symphony. His music has been performed internationally and as part of numerous festivals, including the Thailand International Composition Festival, CMS Regional and National Conferences, International Saxophone Symposium, International Trumpet Guild Conference, San Francisco International Music Festival, World Saxophone Congress, and North American Saxophone Alliance.