Peter KadeliVisiting Assistant Professor of Music
Peter Kadeli is a dynamic conductor and composer passionate about impacting individuals and communities through engaging musical programming. He brings equal creativity and skill to leading vocal and instrumental ensembles as well as bringing new works to life.
In 2023–2024 Kadeli will lead the Chapel and college choirs at Hope College in a diverse program of collaborative concerts including Hope College’s annual Vespers, recorded and broadcasted by WGVU Public Media. In November he will conduct the premiere of Timothy Duesenbury’s A Requiem for a Soldier in Washington, D.C. He is currently researching and writing on Paul Paray’s Mass for the 500th Anniversary of the Death of Joan of Arc.
Kadeli recently served in a variety of roles at Indiana University. He assisted in preparing the opera chorus for productions of Puccini’s La bohème and La rondine and Chabrier’s L'étoile. He led the Indiana University Chorale and Conductors Orchestra in a performance of Mozart’s Mass in C Major “Coronation,” Church Sonata K. 317, and Vaughan Williams’ Five Mystical Songs. Kadeli conducted Indiana University’s contemporary vocal ensemble, NOTUS, in a performance of Reena Esmail’s Tuttarana at the 2022 American Choral Directors Association Midwestern Conference. He helped prepare the Oratorio Chorus for performances of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9 and Poulenc’s Gloria. While at Indiana University Kadeli was sought after as an interpreter of new works. Premieres include Kian Ravaei’s Feeling New Strength for orchestra, and Daniel Nieberg’s Sinfonietta, Poems.
Kadeli’s varied interests as a conductor resonate with his work as a composer. In 2015 he was a featured composer for the “Well that’s a First” Composers Consortium contributing three art songs for soprano voice, trumpet and piano. That same year his Veni Sancte Spiritus received multiple performances in Europe and Maryland including a version for choir and chamber orchestra performed by the National Philharmonic Singers and Takoma Ensemble. In 2014 he was the featured American composer for an art song recital given in Tel Aviv, Israel. His choral work, Beyond the Starlit Skies, is published by Kandinsky Music and was featured on Philadelphia's WQED-FM promotional CD in 2023.
A firm believer in the positive impact music has on individuals and communities, Kadeli created the Vivaldi Gloria Project in 2022, gathering musicians from the Indianapolis area for a benefit concert supporting community members in need. He was the co-founder and host of the Bishop O’Connell Youth Music Festival (2015–2018) and the Arlington Diocese Honors Music Festival (2016–2017).
- D.M., choral conducting, Indiana University (dissertation in progress)
- M.M., choral conducting, University of Michigan (2018)
- B.M., composition and choral music education, George Mason University (2013)