Professional History

Peter the Composer, Lyricist & Kirtana

While playing Charlie Brown in a 1998 benefit production, the theatre bug re-captured Peter’s heart for good.Peter Alexander

Grateful to return to the stage, after an almost 10 year hiatus from acting and writing, Peter began to write personal songs in primarily a folk/pop/art song idiom.  He returned to vocal lessons with Janet Motika and began to play guitar.

After two years of writing songs on his own, Peter engaged Michael Smolens to study piano and vocal arranging. He joined the West Coast Songwriters, which provided open-mic performance opportunities, “works-in-progress” sessions with pears, and classes in lyric and song writing with instructors like Steve Seskin.

In 2001, Peter collaborated with Kevin Yell on the musical dramedy Can’t Say I Do.  Kevin and Peter mounted staged readings for this show leading to a grant for a final staged reading at the Jon Simms Center for the Arts in San Francisco.

Peter has worked with pianist/arrangers Johnathan Ermin, Darcy Danielson, and Bob Sunshine.  He holds a cherished relationship with dramaturge, Vicki Rozell.

He also provides sheet music engraving and lead sheet preparation using Finale’s music notation software.

Productions

  • 2013 Gentlemen Prefer Redheads
  • 2013 In the Hands of the Raven
  • 2011 The Light in the Piazza
  • 2010 Parade
  • 2009 The loving Tree
  • 2008 My Way
  • 2006 Can’t Say I Do
  • 2005 I love you You’re Perfect now change
  • 2004 Can’t Say I Do
  • 2004 Street Car named Desire
  • 2004 The 1940’s radio hour
  • 2003 She loves Me
  • 2003 Angry Houswives
  • 2002 Celebration
  • 2001 A Wonderful Life
  • 1999 Godspell
  • 1998 You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown

Peter the Composer, Lyricist & Dramatist

Can’t Say I Do premiered in January, 2007 as Key Productions’ flagship offering.  In preparation for this production, Peter consulted with Craig Bohmler on the vocal, piano and orchestral arranging.   In creating a demo cast recording with the 2006 staged reading cast, Peter began his work in midi sequencing, recording and audio mixing with the expert guidance of producer Gerry Basserman.

Peter has sung with the Paul Price Society Orchestra, a 7-9 piece ensemble devoted to the music of the early 1900’s.  He has sung with and served as accompanist for The Voices of the Coming Tribe and loves to visit and sing for seniors in his local area.

While constantly working on individual songs and various projects, Peter makes time to appear on a stage approximately once a year.  (See the production credits on this page for a full list of stage performances.)  Peter spent nine months in the Los Angeles based Academy for New Musical Theater’s core curriculum program as both a composer and lyricist.  This process culminated in the zany fifteen-minute musical, Hired Hands, which premiered in June 2009.

In the fall of 2009 Peter began work on In the Hands of the Raven, a large scale musical about love, loss and letting go.  This musical has received several informal table readings and a fully produced staged reading in February, 2013.

In 2011 Peter produced a concert of original music, I Bring You Me, at the world famous Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society.  This concert included music from Can’t Say I Do, previewed several numbers from In the Hands of the Raven, and featured the additional voices of Melissa O’Keefe and Cliff McCormick.  This same trio rejoined forces for Melissa’s 2012 benefit concert, Boceli to Broadway.  In the summer of 2013 Peter wrote incidental music for the Half Moon Bay Shakespeare Company’s production of Hamlet and served as vocal and chart arranger for another of Melissa O’Keefe’s benefit concerts, Gentlemen Prefer Redheads.

There is never a dull moment at Peter’s piano.