Westergaard, Peter (Talbot)
- Michael J. Pratt
(b Champaign, IL, May 28, 1931). American composer, theorist and opera producer. He studied at Harvard University (1949–53), the Aspen Music Festival, the Paris Conservatoire (1951–3) and Princeton University (1954–6); his principal teachers included Piston, Milhaud, Sessions, Babbitt, Cone and Fortner. Prior to his appointment to the Princeton music department in 1968, he was a member of the board of ISCM (1961–2), the American Society of University Composers (1965–7) and Perspectives of New Music (from 1966). As well as serving as department chair at Princeton (1974–8; 1983–6), he has conducted the University Orchestra (1968–73) and directed the University Opera Theater (from 1970), which gave the American stage première of Leonore (the original version of Fidelio) under his direction in 1982. He has also been active as co-founder and director of the June Opera Festival of New Jersey (...