Peter Ulffers was born and raised in Alton, Illinois. He received his bachelor of music performance degree from Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville, where he studied with Roger Kaza and Roland Pandolfi, and his master of music performance from Northwestern University, where he studied with Dale Clevenger. While in the Chicago area he performed with the Chicago Civic Orchestra, the South Bend, Northwest Indiana, and Illinois symphonies, and the Chicago Symphony.
Now Principal Horn of the New Mexico Philharmonic, Mr. Ulffers played for 12 seasons as principal horn of the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra. He is also principal horn of the Chamber Orchestra of Albuquerque, third horn of the Santa Fe Symphony, and has performed with Santa Fe Pro Musica, the Santa Fe Chamber Music Festival, and the Santa Fe Opera. In 1990, he won the St. Louis Symphony Scholarship Competition and the Music Teachers’ National Association Collegiate Competition (Brass Division). He has appeared as soloist in the summer of 1995 with the Cascade Festival in Bend, Oregon, and several times since 1996 with the New Mexico Symphony Orchestra.
Peter Ulffers lives in Rio Rancho, where he works as a network engineer for a computer sales and service company, works on his house, and plays as much golf as he can.