James Peterson

Prof. James Peterson

Part-time Faculty

In December of 2019 James Peterson’s music was performed at a film music concert in Warsaw Poland for an audience of over 3000 people at Torvar Hall. In 2018, James Peterson served as composer and music director for Lee Rudnicki’s award winning short film, Fleur. In 2016, he received the world premiere of his concert work “Americana,” by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra at Heinz Hall. His score was selected from an international call for music and was awarded the premiere and the Audience of the Future Award. His music is often performed in concert halls around the world. His music was featured at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards underscoring the montage, “What winning the Oscar meant to me.” He was educated at the UCLA Herb Alpert School of Music and is an adjunct faculty member at Santa Monica College-Emeritus since 2002. He teaches music appreciation and coordinates the Koi Concert Series.  James Peterson has an extensive background in composing music for media. He has composed music for more than eighty television commercials, seventy-two episodes of ABC's Ron Hazleton's House Calls as well as fifteen motion pictures including Money Fight, The Red Canvas, Margarine Wars as well as additional music for the Goya- nominated film and score Tad, the Lost Explorer. James was named Breakout Composer of the Year by the International Film Music Critics Association (IFMCA) and won best action adventure score for The Red Canvas the same year. He lives in Santa Monica with his wife Kathy, their son Keanu and their cats, Dragon, Lola and Chewie.