Peter J. Saleh

Peter J. Saleh

Title: Adjunct Music Faculty
Phone: 973-290--


  • B.M. Clarinet,  Rochester School of Music;
  • M.M. Clarinet, Manhattan School of Music;
  • DMA, American University, Wash. D.C.
  • B.M. Percussion, Mason Gross School of the Arts (Rutgers);
  • M.M. Percussion, University of North Texas (minor in composition)


  • Percussion and drums: drum set, snare drum, djembe, marimba, vibraphone, xylophone, timpani

Other classes taught at CSE:

  • Guest lecture for Dr. Vincent Rufino's course

Recent musical accomplishments/concerts/awards:
Professional Activities 2010-2013 (highlights)

Recurrent throughout the Past 36 Months

  • Exit 9 Percussion Group – 45-minute clinic program for Young Audiences organization - 100 Performances throughout NJ, NY, and PA
  • Avenue Q – Drum Sub for New World Stages Production; New York, NY; 80+ Performances
  • Exit 9 Detour – Percussion duo – Performances at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ), Molloy College (LI, NY), The Players Theatre (NYC), NJ Arts Collective (Bloomfield, NJ), Music at Morris View (Morristown, NJ)
  • The Juilliard School – staff modern dance accompanist – weekly since January '11 Rutgers Youth Percussion Ensemble (New Brunswick, NJ) – director/conductor/recruiter/guest performer for audition based high school ensemble – meets 6 months of the year, conducted approx. 12 performances in New Brunswick, Randolph, Jersey City, Monroe, and Plainfield NJ as well as NYC
  • The Youth Orchestra of Central Jersey (Princeton, NJ) – percussion coach and ensemble conductor – meets weekly 9 months of the year, conducted approx. 10 performances in West Windsor, Ocean City, and New Brunswick, NJ
  • The College of Saint Elizabeth (Morristown, NJ) – adjunct percussion lesson teacher
  • Summer Youth Performance Workshop at New Jersey Performing Arts Center (Newark, NJ) – modern dance workshop composer/accompanist/performer for choreographers Ronnie Carney, Norbert Delacruz, and Roman Cruz, as well as performing drums and percussion for musical theater and company productions (July 2010, 2011, & 2012)
  • The Joffrey School – weekly modern dance accompanist (August 2011 through June 2011)
  • Wula Drum (Long Island City, NY) - Regular attendance at West African master classes conducted by Michael Markus and M'Bemba Bangoura

Specific Engagements

  • “City Slicker, Mountain Mama” (cabaret program) with Zachary Dietz at The Duplex (NYC) – drums and percussion (September)
  • “Revolucion Latina” Benefit Concert with Zachary Dietz (NYC) – percussion (December)
  • North American Premiere of “The Shops” by Edward Rushton, Center City Opera Theater (Philadelphia, PA) - percussion (December)
  • American Dance Federation - Accompanist for NYC Winter Intensive (December)


  • “In C” by Terry Riley, College of Saint Elizabeth Faculty Concert (March)
  • Avenue Q – Drum sub for world tour; Worcester, MA – 4 Performances (March)
  • Premiere run of “Angel of the Amazon” by Evan Mack with Encompass New Opera Theater and Ionisation New Music Ensemble at The Barishnikov Arts Center (May)
  • Recording: “Angel of the Amazon,” Albany Records (May)
  • Spring Concert - St. Pauls Episcopal Church (Westfield, NJ) with members of the NJSO - percussion (May)
  • Recording: “The Hour of Passage” by Malini Sur (Brooklyn, NY) – drums and percussion (June)
  • The Xylopholks, “Make Music NY” Day (NYC) - percussion (June)
  • Workshop attended: World Vibes Congress; Asbury Park, NJ (June)
  • “WATT?!” with Zachary Dietz at National Alliance for Musical Theater/New World Stages (NYC) – drums (October)
  • Monmouth Symphony Orchestra at Count Basie Theater/Red Bank, NJ – percussion (October)
  • “Carols and Lullabies” by Conrad Susa, The Greenwich Village Singers (NYC) – marimba and vibraphone (December)


  • Recording: Commercial jingle recording for Don Sebesky/University of Pittsburgh Medical Center – vibraphone (January)
  • “Secondary Impact,” A Play with Dance by JoAnn M. Hunter/David Dabbon/Christine Toy (NYC) – drums and percussion (March)
  • Spring Concert - St. Pauls Episcopal Church (Westfield, NJ) with members of the NJSO - percussion (May)
  • New York Repertory Orchestra (NYC) – timpani (May)
  • “Once on This Island” at The Paper Mill Playhouse, Milburn, NJ – percussion sub (June)
  • The Xylopholks, “Make Music NY” Day (NYC) - percussion (June)
  • “It's On!” - NY Musical Theater Festival/Signature Center (NYC) – drums (July)
  • Guest clinician: Rutgers Summer Band and Orchestra Camp, New Brunswick, NJ - (July)
  • Big Band Evolution; Berkeley Heights, NJ – percussion (August)
  • Guest lecturer for percussion pedagogy course; CUNY, Brooklyn College (September)


  • Exit 9 In Concert, Somerset, NJ (January)
  • Clinic at NYU for New York Percussive Arts Society on Percussion in Modern Dance (February)
  • Series of performances of my Nimbus Dance Works/NEA commission “We Acquiesce” at Ailey Citigroup Theater