Peter Sacco passed away August 12, 2000
Peter Sacco was a freelance composer, vocalist, jazz pianist, and voice teacher who lived in Ashland, Oregon. Born into a musical family in Albion, New York, he began piano study at age four and later studied trumpet and tuba. Mr. Sacco had been a faculty member and composer-in-residence at Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, Michigan; the University of Hawaii; and for 22 years, San Francisco State University, where he taught most of the musical disciplines and headed the Composers Workshop. He came to live in Ashland in 1985.
Sacco was a recipient of many awards and grants, such as the National Endowment for the Arts (1974), Ford Foundation Recording Fund, National Foundation for the Arts, and ASCAP, from which he had received an annual stipend award since 1967. He was listed as composer in Grove's Dictionary of Composers, Baker's Biographical Dictionary of Composers, International Biographical Society (Cambridge, England), and Contemporary American Composers (a biography compiled by H.W. Jacobi).
Sacco wrote over 300 works for most forms, including jazz songs, jazz instrumental pieces and opera. Sixteen of those were for orchestra and string orchestra. Peter Sacco composed and performed music in the jazz idiom all his life. The Introduction and Divertimento was composed especially for The Palo Alto Chamber Orchestra.
A complete P. Peter Sacco CD recording took place in Prague in November 1998, with Dr. Paul Freeman conducting the National Czech Symphony Orchestra. Between 1993 and 1997, the following works were recorded in Europe:
- Flying Saucer Overture, Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra (MMC Records) - audio clip, 200K
- Meditation No. 1, Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra (MMC Records)
- Four Sketches on Emersons Essays, Bratislava Radio Symphony Orchestra (MMC Records)
- Violin Concerto No. 1, Prague Radio and T.V. Symphony Orchestra (MMC Records)
- Meditation No. 3, Czech National Symphony Orchestra (Fanfare Records)
Peter's Sacco's works are published by Lawson-Gould, Carl Fischer, Swan River Press and Summy-Birchard.