Peter Mennin

From Wind Repertory Project
Peter Mennin


Peter Mennin (originally Mennini - born 17 May 1923 in Erie, Pennsylvania; died 17 June 1983 in New York City) was an American composer and teacher.

Mennin directed the Peabody Conservatory in Baltimore, then for many years ran the Juilliard School, succeeding William Schuman in this role.

He began composing at an early age, and wrote nine symphonies, several concertos, and numerous works for wind band, chorus, and other ensembles. His style became more chromatic and astringent with time, but was always essentially tonal, relying heavily on polyphony.

Works for Winds


  • Miles, Richard B., and Larry Blocher. (2010). Teaching Music through Performance in Band. Volume 1. Chicago: GIA Publications. pp. 601.