Adjunct Faculty in Guitar, Jazz Guitar
and Music Appreciation
Community Music Center Instructor
Phone: 847-925-000 Ext. 3224
Office: Music Instruction Center (P-206)
Peter Aglinskas earned a Master of Music degree in Composition from Northwestern University, where he won the Honor's Concert Award for his orchestral work Karnyzas Paneling, and a Bachelor of Music degree in Composition from DePaul University. Having composed, produced, and recorded music ranging from symphonic and operatic to rock and funk, Peter Aglinskas has written many scores for theater and was nominated twice for the Joseph Jefferson Award in the category of Best Original Musical Score. He has been a composer and guitarist in such notable and stylistically diverse Chicago musical ensembles as The Loop Group, David Hernandez and Street Sounds, Kapture, and Funk Bunker. Recipient of the Chicago Cultural Department's "Artists International" Award, Peter Aglinskas has been delighting audiences for more than two decades with his signature blend of popular, classical, and world music influences.
Peter is an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Music, where he teaches Music Appreciation, classical guitar and jazz guitar, Crime Jazz, and a course that he created for the Department of Art entitled The Noir Style in Image, Word and Sound - a multi-disciplinary study of Noir's influence on mid-20th Century American film, art, photography, literature, radio drama, and music.
Peter is also an adjunct faculty member of the Department of Performing Arts at Indiana University Northwest in Gary, Indiana, where he teaches Music Theory and a course which he created entitled Crime Jazz - an exploration of jazz music's impact on mid-20th Century American detective films and T.V. shows, where the smoky moods and violent images of the criminal underworld were fused with the rhythmic drive and sensuality of jazz.
In addition to teaching, Peter maintains a busy concert schedule performing at museums, outdoor music festivals, arboretums, libraries and colleges. Peter has two commercially released solo guitar CDs to his credit - South Shore Soul (2008), featuring his original solo guitar arrangements of soul music from Chicago and The Region, and Sepia Session (2006), featuring his original solo guitar arrangements of jazz and pop gems with an Afro-Latin spin. He is currently at work on his next CD of solo guitar arrangements of 1970's rock classics, projected for release at the end of 2011. Hear audio clips from South Shore Soul and Sepia Session by visiting CDBaby. <www.cdbaby.com/cd/aglinskas>