Pete Nowlen

Pete Nowlen

Pete Nowlen celebrates his fifth season as Artistic Director of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band during the Band’s 2017-2018 season.

Appointed Artistic Director of the San Francisco Lesbian/Gay Freedom Band in August, 2013, Pete Nowlen is one of Northern California’s busiest musicians. Faculty at both Sacramento State and UC Davis, where he is Director of Concert Bands, Pete currently holds Artistic Director posts with Camerata California Chamber Choir, the Rancho Cordova Civic Light Orchestra and is Artistic Advisor of Music in the Mountains in Nevada County, California. He is the founder and driving force behind Sacramento’s VITA Academy, dedicated to revitalizing classical music through innovative community and audience engagement and school music programs. Other conducting credits includes the Sacramento, Auburn, Camellia, UCD and CSUS Symphonies and more than a dozen major productions ranging from La bohéme to the Rocky Horror Show. An honors graduate of Northwestern University with a masters degree from DePaul, Pete was a member of the French horn section of the Sacramento Symphony for 10 years. He has performed with the San Francisco Symphony, Opera, and Ballet Orchestras, served as co-principal hornist of the International Orchestra of Italy, and has been a prize winner and finalist in international solo competitions. Pete has conducted at the annual conference of the Lesbian and Gay Band Association. In August 2018, Pete will be one of the Artistic Directors leading “Team Band” at Gay Games 10 taking place in Paris, France.