Patrick Peringer (b.1980) is a composer, performer and human being. He grew up in the rolling hills of eastern Washington in a small town amongst the rolling hills. This agricultural upbringing served him creatively in natural isolation and a lot of time to let his mind wander into the skies. Music was the ideal way to let his imagination manifest and became his focus from grade school on. He began as a trombonist but soon moved to drums and finally electric guitar. In late high school he began first composing, mostly for guitar and piano.
He studied at The University of Idaho from 1999-2003 and earned a degree in music composition, where his primary teachers were Daniel Bukvich and Robert Dickow. Idaho was a unique place to study that laid foundations for musical ideas and thoughts that still influence Mr. Peringer today. Of all the technical and aesthetic lessons learned, it was the understanding of humility that he took away first and foremost. Not to take oneself too seriously and to enjoy what one creates while still striving to be better is the thing he will remember and be grateful to know from then on out.
In 2004, after a year of lulling about in Idaho Peringer made the long drive to Ohio to study at Bowling Green State University where he earned a master’s degree in 2007. He studied with Elainie Lillios, Burton Beerman, and wrote his thesis under Marilyn Shrude.