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Anne Marie Peterson

String Orchestra West Music Director

Anne Marie Peterson was an orchestra teacher for the School District of Elmbrook for 25 years. She served two terms as State Chair for Orchestra for the Wisconsin School Music Association and contributed articles to the Wisconsin School Musician. 

Chamber Music America, the Civic Music Association, the Grammy Signature Gold Organization, and the School District of Elmbrook have recognized Ms. Peterson for her work with young musicians. She retired from public school service in 2011 and joined the music faculty at Alverno College. Ms. Peterson was named 2017 String Teacher of the Year by the Wisconsin American String Teachers Association. 

In addition to her work at MYSO, she is founder and artistic director of the Wisconsin Intergenerational Orchestra. 

Having grown up in Phoenix, Arizona, Ms. Peterson began musical studies at Arizona State University before transferring to Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, to complete her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in viola performance and string pedagogy.

Always an eager student, she earned her Instrumental Music Certification from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee with additional studies at Indiana University, Oberlin Conservatory, and the Cleveland Institute of Music. 


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