Peter Markes

Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens. If children hear fine music from the day of their birth and learn to play it, they develop sensitivity, discipline and endurance. They get a beautiful heart.

Shinichi Suzuki

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Peter Markes (pronounced Marcus) served as director of orchestras at Edmond North High School from 2002 to 2017, and in 2014 he was named the Oklahoma Teacher of the Year, representing over 45,000 Oklahoma educators across the state and nation. In the same year he was named the National Federation of High Schools Outstanding Music Educator for Region VI and was listed as one of the “50 Directors Who Make a Difference” by School Band and Orchestra magazine in 2010.He has performed twice with the Edmond North Orchestra in Carnegie Hall and also at the prestigious Midwest Clinic in Chicago.

For over twenty years, Peter has played guitar and violin with musical partner and cousin, Kyle Dillingham, and together they have performed in over twenty countries on five continents.  In 2012 their band, Horseshoe Road, was selected from among 300 applicants as one of ten American Music Abroad ensembles, playing a 30-day tour through Taiwan, Korea, Burma, and Pacific-rim Russia. Peter lives in Oklahoma City with his wife, Kris, the general manager of the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, and their two sons. Learn more at

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