Lecturer of Music
Peter Reit began his studies at the University of Vermont and finished at the Manhattan School of Music. His teachers were William Karstens, Joel Winter, and Paul Ingraham, and in turn he was greatly influenced by the New York Brass Quintet members, who were then in residence at the MSM.
Since his graduation in 1983, Reit has performed with the New York Philharmonic, Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, Orchestra of St. Luke’s, New York City Opera, and the American Ballet Theater. He has toured the U.S. extensively with the American Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera Orchestras, with whom he played five seasons as assistant principal horn under Maestro James Levine. Reit is now one of Manhattan’s most in-demand freelance principal horn players. He also plays principal horn with the Westchester Philharmonic, Greenwich Symphony, and Scandia Symphony Orchestras; associate principal horn with the Stamford Symphony; and is in his 22nd year with the Broadway hit Phantom of the Opera.
He is featured on numerous CD recordings across all musical genres and also in radio jingles and television and movie soundtracks. His jazz experience includes performing as a member of the Mel Lewis Big Band at the Village Vanguard, together with recordings and worldwide tours with the Bob Belden Ensemble.
Peter Reit lives in Westchester with his wife Alyssa, a harpist, composer, and director of the Singing Harp theater company.