Peter Cokkinias

“I love teaching. I really love it. When you’re talking to a student and you see her make a connection—that’s a wonderful feeling to have as a teacher. And I just want to pass that on to my students: that you have to love what you’re doing. If you can’t sell yourself to the students first, no matter what good things you say, if you don’t show that you want to be there, you won’t reach them.”

This is Peter Cokkinias’ 35th season conducting the Metrowest Symphony Orchestra. A busy freelance clarinetist and woodwind doubler in the Boston area, Peter Cokkinias performs frequently with the Boston Symphony Orchestra, the Boston Pops, the Pops Esplanade Orchestra, Boston Ballet, and Boston Lyric Opera, and in shows at Boston’s Colonial, Shubert, and Wang Theaters as well as the North Shore Theater. He is a founding member of the Boston Saxophone Quartet and is currently a Professor of Music Education at Berklee College of Music.