Peter Gifford, bassoon, 2016 graduate
bio written 2018
After attending Agoura High School, Peter traveled to Big Sky country to attend Montana State University (MSU). At MSU, he studies computer science with minors in statistics and computer engineering. While he enjoys staring at a screen all day, Peter fully embraces his hobbies of rock climbing, skiing and music as an opportunity to explore the wild Montana landscapes.
Currently, Peter plays bassoon in MSU’s Bear Tooth Wind Quintet and contrabassoon for the MSU Symphony Orchestra. He credits CVYO with providing experience with full-scale orchestras, allowing him to perform with the Helena Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, and Bozeman Symphony. Additionally, Peter receives requests to play for a growing number of other Montana groups such as the Bozeman Ballet Company and Intermountain Opera. Peter says that without CVYO, these amazing opportunities would be much harder to come by.
Once Peter graduates, he hopes to work for one of the interesting tech startups that are located in Bozeman or Missoula, Montana. Along with this, he hopes to be able to continue to play his bassoon and to be a part of the Montana music scene.