“Music is not just a viable form of self-expression, it is a moral and ethical force.”
           Ludvig van Beethoven

Mentors:

Peter Jermihov, who has studied orchestral conducting at the Leningrad Conservatory in my class, is gifted with superlative qualities as a conductor: a bold temperament and an assertive will. His conducting is outstanding for its active and expressive gesture and for its musical substance. Having mastered a large repertoire, in part a great number of works by Russian masters, he works remarkably well with the orchestra and skillfully achieves positive results. He is well-prepared for a professional career as an orchestral conductor and has unquestionable potential in his further artistic development.
Piotr Nikolayevich’s–my talented student’s–remarkable successes, make me proud...
Il’ya Musin, Master Teacher of Conducting Professor of Conducting, St. Petersburg State Conservatory:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ilya_Musin

Mr. Peter Jermihov has studied conducting at the Leningrad Conservatory with Il’ya Musin, the foremost mentor of conductors. It had also been my privilege to be one of Musin’s pupils. So, when he spoke to me about Mr. Jermihov’s talent, it was the most meaningful recommendation. Having viewed Jermihov’s conducting, I am very impressed by his conducting talent, commitment to the music, and ability to lead an orchestra.
Semyon Bychkov, Internationally Acclaimed Conductor,
Music Director & Chief Conductor Numerous Renowned Orchestras
: http://www.semyonbychkov.com

Peter Jermihov is a highly gifted conductor, a musician with inordinate depth, and a dedicated professional.
His inner essence, skill level, and remarkable talent for bringing out the central nerve of a composition make him, in my opinion, one of America’s most promising conductors.
Vladimir Minin, Internationally Acclaimed Russian Choral Conductor,
Founder, Artistic Director & Chief Conductor, Moscow Chamber Choir
: http://meloman.ru/?id=627&language=switch

Mr. Jermihov has an extraordinary gift for communication with the stick. I feel this man has a message.
Lawrence Leighton Smith, Internationally Acclaimed American Conductor

I have found Mr. Jermihov to be quite exceptional. He has exceptional technique of all kinds: stick, vocal, choral and orchestral. He has exceptional knowledge of literature. He also has an exceptionally pleasant personality and is ethical in every way.
B. R. Henson, Acclaimed American Choral Director,
Professor Emeritus, Sam Houston State University

Students:

I studied conducting with four different teachers over the course of my bachelor's and master's degree programs but none had a more lasting effect on my gestural technique, style, or musical philosophy than Peter Jermihov. He taught me how to manipulate tone through physical gesture and I cite this understanding as one of the most important keys to my success as a choral conductor. Dr. Jermihov also incorporates stylistic differences between orchestral and choral conducting into his pedagogy, the practice of which has allowed me to effectively control any ensemble I step in front of, choral, orchestral, or the combination thereof.
Perhaps most importantly, Dr. Jermihov inspired me with his passion for music, instilling in me an appreciation for the nobility of pursuing music-making as a career. He taught me the precepts of musical integrity, which still guide my work as a conductor to this day.
Scott Bonasso,
Choir Master: St John’s School, Houston, TX
: http://www.sjs.org/podium/default.aspx?t=112503

Dr. Jermihov's fluid facility with both choral and orchestral techniques rapidly assisted my graduate music education. The lessons on and off the podium were gratefully learned and mercifully permanent.
Matthew Burrier: Director of Music,
Lovely Lane United Methodist Church, Cedar Rapids, IA
: http://www.lovelylane.org/aboutus/our-staff

Before being an understudy of Dr. Jermihov, I struggled to find a direction in my music career. After two years of studying theory, musicianship, and singing under him, he has done more than just assist me in finding the right direction. He has renewed my passion for music altogether, taught me things I never thought I was capable of learning, and above all, I now consider him a close friend and confidant.
Dominic Frigo,
Composer, Pianist, Bass Player & Singer: Triton College, River Grove, IL


My experience with Dr. Peter Jermihov was extremely influential in my musical life. "Dr. J" simply overflows with music, both as a choir director and a conducting teacher. He was tough but fair, which is my favorite kind of teacher. I went from zero to being a fairly qualified conductor in a very brief amount of time, and Hope College's Chapel Choir made some of its most passionate music during his tenure. The man is a world-class musician and an amazing teacher.
Ryan Janus,
Saxaphonist, Woodwing Doubler, Composer & Teacher
: http://www.ryanjanus.com

I studied and sang under the tutelage of Dr. Jermihov at Oregon State University. I have always considered myself very lucky, indeed, to have chosen that particular year to audition for the choir.
Doctor J is the type of passionate artist and educator that makes one understand that the only acceptable goal is perfection, while at the same time helping one come to terms with the fact that one’s goal will always, always be just out of reach. The reward comes from unselfconsciously celebrating fleeting glimpses of grace, and from unflinchingly examining moments of failure. The fulfillment is in the struggle. It was one of the greatest joys of my life to work so hard with such a committed group of people under the leadership of such a talented and dedicated person to create such wonderful sounds. And I will always be grateful to whatever stars aligned to bring us–all of us–together that year.
It was truly a privilege to sing under Dr. Jermihov’s baton. He is a fascinating person, a gifted musician and a wonderful teacher.
Kelly Jenkins Brickner
Writer & Political Activist

 

 
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