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Peter Iltis

Professor of Kinesiology
Horn

B.S. M.S. Indiana University
Ph.D. University of Kansas

Peter Iltis teaches applied horn at Gordon College, and has been on staff in the Department of Music since 1996. Dr. Iltis holds a Ph.D. in exercise physiology from the University of Kansas, and has served on the faculty of Gordon College for 30 years. Dr. Iltis performed as an occasional horn player with the Edmonton Symphony and Calgary Symphony orchestras while still in high school, and began his undergraduate training as a horn performance major at Indiana University.

Currently a full professor in the Department of Kinesiology, Dr. Iltis spent many years playing French horn in the Boston area as a freelance artist and held the principal horn position in the Lexington Symphony from 1998 to 2001. Dr. Iltis was diagnosed with embouchure dystonia in 2001, which ended his performing career, but has continued to sustain a successful horn studio at Gordon College. His former students have gone on to scholarship-supported graduate study at the New England Conservatory, the University of Arizona, and the Aspen Music Festival. 

Combining his expertise in kinesiology with French horn pedagogy, Dr. Iltis serves as the medical and scientific issues editor for the Horn Call, the journal of the International Horn Society; he has published articles in Horn Call and in the journal Medical Problems of Performing Artists. His current research on embouchure dystonia focuses on the intersection between physiologic mechanisms and psychological correlates, such as performance anxiety. He has spoken on this topic at several universities and conservatories in the United States, and during his sabbatical in the fall of 2013, participated in research in Hannover, Germany at the Institute for Music Physiology and Musicians’ Medicine.