Peter Richard Conte

Peter Richard Conte, Choirmaster and Organist , is the 2008 recipient of the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Indiana University School of Music, Bloomington, where he studied Organ Performance with Robert Rayfield and Larry Smith. Conte is also Grand Court Organist of the Wanamaker Organ in Macy’s, Center City, Philadelphia. He was appointed Wanamaker Grand Court Organist in 1989, and is only the fourth person to hold that title since the organ first played in 1911. Additionally, Mr. Conte is also Principal Organist of Longwood Gardens, Kennett Square, PA.

Mr. Conte is highly regarded as a skillful performer and arranger of organ transcriptions. He performs extensively throughout the United States and Canada under the management of Phillip Truckenbrod Concert Artists, has appeared as a featured artist at American Guild of Organists’ National and Regional Conventions, and at the International Organ Festival in Aosta, Italy. He has performed with the Philadelphia Orchestra, Peter Nero and the Philly Pops, and with the Pacific, Delaware, Canton and Allentown Symphonies.

Peter Richard Conte is an Associate of the American Guild of Organists, and has presented Guild workshops on improvisation and transcriptions. In 2011, the Philadelphia Music Alliance honored him with a bronze plaque on the Avenue of the Arts’ Walk of Fame. His numerous recordings appear on the GOTHIC, JAV, ProOrgano, DORIAN and DTR labels.

Bernard Kunkle