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Peter Stopschinski - Composer, Performer | 512.589.5199 500 Rhonda Ct. Austin, TX 78745 AWARDS: I’ve Never Been So Happy (music/lyrics Peter Stopschinski, book/lyrics Kirk Lynn, created by Rude Mechs) "Outstanding Production, “ and "Outstanding Direction" - 2011 B. Iden Payne Awards "Production of a Musical", “Music Direction”, “New Play Award”, “Ensemble Performance” - 2011 Austin Critics Table “Best of 2011” – Los Angeles Times, Charles McNulty New Play Development Program award – 2008 National Endowment of the Arts Grupo Fantasma- El Existential (string arrangements and organ, Peter Stopschinski) Grammy Award for "Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album" for. 6th Symphony - “Best Symphonic Performance” – 2010 Austin Critics Table PERFORMING GROUPS: Brown Whörnet - Piano/Sampler/Bass/Vocals/Percussion, Songwriting - 1994 to present 8 -piece experimental punk rock big band with regular local gigs, recording, and national touring. Golden Hornet Project (501c3) - co-Founder and co-Director - 1999 to present Dedicated to the presentation of new compositions for classical instruments by living composers (Alt-classical) Aaartfystte - Bass/Keyboards/Vocals - 1994 to present Improvised and composed comedy rock/country duo with regular gigs. Album. DVD. Rude Mechs – Company Member – 2008 to present Composer "I've Never Been So Happy" and "El Paraiso" (winner “Best Musical” 2003 ACT Awards) RECORDINGS: Full Length CD's "I've Never Been So Happy" Cast Album (2011) - Soundtrack to the musical. Peter Stopschinski - Symphony #6 "Rough Night w/ Happy Ending" (2010) - Pecan Crazy Records 5 movements for string orchestra with piano, percussion, and featuring harp. Dissonant Romantics (2010) - A dance score recorded live for viola, keyboards, bass, drums, and guitar. Modern Masters - Family Library (2009) - Pecan Crazy Records A collection of avant-garde classical pieces composed by me but attributed to fictional composers. Peter Stopschinski - Chamber Music (2007) - Pecan Crazy Records. A collection of various pieces from violin solos to chamber orchestra. Brown Whörnet -Valamaranaro (2006) - Bent Over Cowboy Records Arrangements or Performances for Other Artists Lambchop - String Arrangements on the tracks Kinda Ruff, and Mr. M from the album Mr. M (2012) String arrangements on the tracks The Decline of Country and Western Civilization, and Prepared from the album Damaged (2006) Natalia Klavier - String Arrangements on the single Fear (2011) Lick Lick - Bass guitar on the album Good Touch Bad Touch (2011) Echocentrics - String arrangement on the track It's Not Too Late (2010) Piano on North Carolina from the album Echoland (2010) Grupo Fantasma - String arrangements and organ on the tracks Montanozo, Cumbianchera from the album El Existential (2010) DJ Spooky - Flute on the track Intro- The War of Ideas and Measure By Measure (2009) String Arrangements on the tracks Dazed And Confused Dub, No Quarter Dub, and Cognitiva, featuring Emah (2009) Brownout! - String arrangement on the track C 130 from the 45" single (2009) Blanche - String Arrangements on the track What This Town Needs from the EP What This Town Needs (2006) Stringtracks A Year From Now and I'm Sure Of It from the album Little Amber Bottles (2006) Compilations A Shadow of Light - Texas Choral Consort (2011) – featuring my track Orff's Good Fortune, a re-imagining Orff's O, Fortuna! as a lullaby. Viola By Choice (2009) – featuring my track Funky Vla for string quartet and viola, played with a guitar pick. Peter Stopschinski - 2012 Short Resume p.2 Indy Route Austin (2007) - featuring Brown Whörnet's track Stepdad's Cane. DVD 22 Short Noise Films - Aaartfystte - (2009) The Adventures of Prince Achmed - Brown Whörnet - Silent Film with original Score (2007) FILM SCORES: Hollywood A Scanner Darkly - (Assisted composer Graham Reynolds) d. Richard Linklater (2006) Original Independent Bombardment Postponed - d. Luke Savisky (2009) A live multi-projector film with live score by myself and Graham Reynolds NYC Marathon - d. Wyatt Phillips (2008) Chickenfüt - d. Harrison Witt (2007) Attack of the Monster Bride - d. Vicky Boone (2006) Classic Silent Films The Lost World - Based on Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (2011) Metropolis - Fritz Lang (2010) The Hunchback of Notre Dame - starring Lon Cheney (2008) The Adventures of Prince Achmed - Lotte Reiniger (2007) DANCE: Ariel Dance Theater The Grand Theory of Everything In-Between (2011) Flush (2010) Gyre (2006) Two Left Feet - Human | Animal (2009) THEATER: Rude Mechs I've Never Been So Happy - Composer, co-Lyricist, Music Director, Performer (2007 – 2011) El Paraiso – co-Composer, Performer (2002) Intergalactic Nemesis - Jason Neulander – Performer - improvised piano accompaniment on themes by Graham Reynolds (2007/09) Difference Engine (Workshop) - Salvage Vanguard (2007) - Provided incidental music for this play by Dan Dietz. SELECTED COMPOSED MUSIC FOR CONCERTS: Orchestra Six Symphonies (2000-2010) Concerto for Viola and Orchestra. Full Orchestra and Solo Viola (2000) Concerto For Rock Band. With Brown Whörnet and Full Orchestra (2004) Three Student Symphonies (2000-2010) Piano Solo GHP Children's Piano Book (2002) Fugues on TV Themes (2010) Sonata (2009) 6 Sonatinas for Lana (2008) Piano Chamber Music Delicious Food - Viola, Piano, And Bass Book 1 (2007), Book 2 (2008), Book 3 (2009) Beethoven and Mike Dickle - Violin, Cello, and Piano (2009) Spiderfarts Engraved - Organ, Flute, Cello, Guitar, and Piano, Drums (2007) Twin Streams (xylophone and piano) (2006) Weak Stream - Drums, Xylophone, Vibraphone, and Piano (2006) Peter Stopschinski - 2012 Short Resume p.3 Schostakovich Centennial - Trombone, Violin, Cello, Vibraphone, Bass, Piano, Drums (2006) String Quartets Associated With The Lost World Silent Film (2010) Performed with DJ Spooky at SXSW (2010) with String Quartet and Electronics Three Multi-movement String Quartets (2000-2009) Solos and Duos PVC by GHP for Violin, Cello, Electronics, and Piano in Surround Sound (2009) GHP Honeymoon Concert for Flute and Cello (2007) Samurai Duo (also known as Percussion Duo or Snare vs. Bass) (2006) Twin Streams (also known as XP) version for piano and xylophone (2006) Big Band Big Band Book 1 - Six Pieces for Big Band (2007) Big Band Book 2 - Seven Pieces for Big Band (2008) Percussion Ensemble 10 Pieces for Percussion Ensemble 3-5 Players (2000-2010) EDUCATOR: Accompanist, Assistant Orchestra Director, and Assistant Choir Director at the Austin Waldorf School - 3rd through 12th grades since 1999. High School and Middle School composition teacher at Austin Waldorf School since 2002 Composition/Music Theory teacher for Austin Chamber Music Center since 2004. Composed a full-length musical based on A Tale Of Two Cities by Charles Dickens for the entire Austin Waldorf High School student body on commission. Co-organized and composed for Austin Chamber Music Center Summer workshop Finale Concert 2009 on commission. Composed a concert with Graham Reynolds for McCallum High School Orchestra 2010 on commission

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland @ Zach Scott Theater

Running through May 15, 2016

webart_alice-300They lead the kids all over the lovely grounds of Zach Scott (down near Town Lake) and the kids watch little performances and sing songs and dance.  There is sweet video design by Stephanie Busing and awesome actors including children and adults.  See Humpty Dumpty sitting on a wall and a great huge Caterpillar and Tweedle Dee and… you get the picture.  Its totally cool and I wrote the music including a surf-punk tantrum song that Alice sings in the beginning that makes me so happy every single time.

I super loved collaborating with Katie Bender and Gabrielle Reisman from Underbelly and Nat Miller from Zach Scott’s Children’s Theater department. My first time at Zach Scott and this thing is really crazy and fun and aparently the kids are going crazy for it.


Erin Ivey at the Long Center Rollins Theater

Erin Ivey has the most lovely voice both physically (expressed with her clear bell like sound) and her spiritual voice (expressed through her lyrics and vocal expression).  I have heard her name around town but never had the pleasure of hearing her.  Now, through Chuck Pinnell (film score composer and guitarist extraordinaire), I am proud to say i’m currently playing piano for her and we just had an really fantastic gig at the one of Austin’s loveliest venues.  It also happened to be our first gig as a band!


imagesOur band is amazing and we have a very cinematic sound.  Every musician is killer and a pleasure to play with.  Steve Schwelling – Drums, Chris Afflerbough – Upright Bass, Chuck Pinnell – Guitars, Peter Stopschinski – Piano, and of course Erin Ivey – Guitar/Mandolin

Music writer Jim Caluguri posted on social media right after the gig: They were subtlely fabulous and the 1st great local show of the year!  Album coming soon…




Aw man, I’m producing CHRISTEENE now.  Fuck.  So fucking awesome!!!!!!!!  New album on the way.  This project is so much fun>>  Musically its a huge lesson in what goes on below 200 hertz.  So much bass theory.  Simply fascinating.  Socially and lyrically its about the party that ends the world.


The Calico Buffalo, a musical. Off-Broadway!!!!!

Ok, let me just say The Calico Buffalo with music and lyrics by Peter Stopschinski and book and lyrics by E.J. Stapleton is the little musical that COULD!!  Not only were we held over in our Off-Broadway production at the Pearl Theater but we were voted #1 Best In Fest of the New York Musicals Festival.  It is impossible but out little sincere, big-hearted, family show with a message of love was the audiences favorite.  The band was amazing led by the masterful Jesse Warkentin and the cast just brought the energy and the drama each night.  Congrats to us and our entire cast, crew, and creative team!!!!

New York Musicals Festival Website


SPECIAL NOTICE*****Calico Buffalo is being held over for an extra performance due to popular demand.  Saturday July 18, 2015 at Noon at the Pearl Theater 410 W. 42nd Street Between 10th and 11th Avenue.  One more chance to see the fantastic show!******


The new musical by E. J. Stapleton and Peter Stopschinski is finally getting it due!


5 Performances 42nd and Ninth Avenue in The Pearl Theater at Studio Row!

It’s all part of the 2015 New York New Musical Theater Festival:

Click here for the official show page

Here is the promo video made by NYMF:

Spring Rounds Video

Newest video from my Vacation With Stravinsky or The Massacre Of Spring album and picture book.  Movement 4: Spring Rounds.  Classic:)  Tom Burritt – Marimba.  Chuck Fischer – Drums and Vibes.  Phillip White – Drums.  Peter Stopschinski – Piano.  Eric Roach and Peter Stopschinski – Recording.

My New Harp Concerto premiers in New Orleans with Louisiana Philharmonic conducted by Peter Bay with fabulous soloist Elaine Barber

Elaine Barber, Peter Bay and I selfie during applause.

Elaine Barber, Peter Bay and I selfie during applause.

My new harp concerto “Rough Night w/Happy Ending” was premiered at the American Harp Society Conference last night.  Peter Bay conducted members of the Louisiana Philharmonic and fabulous soloist Elaine Barber in a killer performance to close out the festival.  Good time and good musicians!

Austin Critic’s Table Awards

Conductor Brent Baldwin accepts awards like a pro!

Conductor Brent Baldwin accepts awards like a pro!

Every year the arts critics in Austin come together and give awards for outstanding arts events and performances.  This is called the Austin Critic’s Table Awards.  This year I was a part of several arts events that received awards:

I am lucky to be a company member and composer for the internationally acclaimed theater company Rude Mechs who were inducted into the Austin Arts Hall Of Fame this year.

I love my friend, playwright Kirk Lynn, who wrote an amazing adaptation of Shakespeare’s King John which was directed by Madge Darlington.  It was an all-star cast and crew and that play received two awards:
Best Actor:
Jason Liebrecht, The Lieutenant of Inishmore/Fixing King John
Best Ensemble Performance:
Fixing King John, Rude Mechanicals

I played piano in a touring show by Daniel Alexander Jones and Bobby Halverson which won

Best Touring Show:

Jomama Jones: Radiate!, Salvage Vanguard Theater

My 501c3 with Graham Reynolds, Golden Hornet Project, had our biggest show ever for the opening festivities of Fusebox this year.  We commissioned 8 composers to complete Mozart’s Requiem mass and collaborated with Texas Choral Consort , Convergence Ensemble, KMFA Classical Radio Austin, and Texas Performing Arts to present Mozart’s Requiem Undead which won much acclaim:
Best Choral Performance
Mozart Requiem Undead, Texas Choral Consort/Convergence/Golden Hornet Project
Best Singer
Cameron Beauchamp, Mozart Requiem Undead


Brown Whörnet back on the crawfish belt

BROWN WHöRNET is playing in Houston, New Orleans and Austin May 23-30th 2014.  We’re playing two shows with the fantastic and unique double-guitar-blade-weilding-poetic-avant-swamp rockers CHURCHWOOD and once with Flying Balalaika Brothers and OMGWTFBBQ.  We don’t play all that often but when we do we freakin’ tear shit up!  Here is a nice little featurette:



Bizarre, frenetic, sometimes offensive, and always amazing, experimental rock collective Brown Whörnet has survived as long as it has on sheer grit and immense talent. The Austin eightpiece rocks out hardcore as effectively as they dismantle jazz, funk, klezmer, or anything else they get their eight sets of grubby hands on. The thinking man’s freakout session, their music leans as hard on Sun Ra as it does on Beefheart, as much Zappa as Minutemen. Chaos has ruled since their first show in 1993, and though the lineup has undergone changes over the course of the band’s decade-plus history, the sense of anything-goes and God-what’s-next has never left them. Currently composed of players with the monikers of Stin-G, RUNPMS, XSP, JimE, and Gaseous C, membership has evolved and revolved, including the likes of Juicy, AUNT J, MC Squeak, Chef Poonstick, Wolff, J, Oscar, and McKinney. Somewhere in there is Peter Stopschinski, composer, keyboardist, and a driving force behind this band and frequent collaborator with Golden Arm Trio’s Graham Reynolds. – Christopher Hess

Mozart’s Requiem UNDEAD

requiem posterOver 200 performers will come together Wednesday April 16, 2014 to present this new vision of Mozart’s Requiem Mass.  This classic was left unfinished at Mozart’s death and now Golden Hornet Project has commission 10 unique composers to each complete a movement.  Conducted by Brent Baldwin and performed by Texas Choral Consort, members of Convergence Vocal Ensemble, full orchestra, 4 percussionists, rock band, and electronics.

Composers:  Graham Reynolds, Todd Reynolds, Glenn Kotche, Kate Moore, Justin Sherburn, DJ Spooky, Adrian Quesada, Caroline Shaw, Petra Hayden, and Peter Stopschinski.


come see what we’ve been working on for almost 4 years now.  MOZART’s REQUIEM UNDEAD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Tomorrow (Wednesday) @ 6:30pm GOLDEN HORNET PROJECT will present our most ambitious project ever and its FREE!!!!  Please come and check out this very cool concert. Mozart’s Requiem Mass re-composed by 10 composers:  Graham Reynolds, Todd Reynolds, Glenn Kotche, Kate Moore, Justin Sherburn, DJ Spooky, Adrian Quesada, Caroline Shaw, Petra Hayden, and Peter Stopschinski.  Conducted by Brent Baldwin and performed by Texas Choral Consort, members of Convergence Vocal Ensemble, orchestra, 4 percussionists, rock band, and electronics (nearly 200 performers!).   Thank you to our co-presenters, Texas Choral Consort, Texas Performing Arts, Fusebox Festival and another heartfelt thank you to our generous friends and supporters.  We’ve been working on this show for almost 4 years and it’s finally here!!!!

Wednesday April 16, 2014
French Legation Museum – 802 San Marcos Street Austin, TX 78702
For the comfort and ease of your arrival and experience, we want to share the following guidelines and information.
Gates Open: 5.30pm
Show starts at 6:30pm

For safety and legal reasons, the following items are not permitted onto the grounds:
Chairs (including folding)
Animals (with the exception of service animals)
Coolers / Ice Chests
You are welcome to bring:
Water (in canteens)
A small blanket, mat or cushion to sit on
Food contained in over the shoulder bags/backpack


Street Parking is available surrounding the French Legation Museum on 7th, 6th and 5th Streets. Most street parking is available before 11pm without a permit. Please check street signs.

Paid Lots are available under the I-35 overpass at 7th Street. The lots are free before 7pm and $7 after. You may want to prepay if you are parking before 7pm, so you don’t have to leave the grounds during the concert.

Bicycle racks will be available outside the walls of the grounds on San Marcos Street.

Drop Off Zone – If you catch a cab or have someone drop you off at the grounds, they will be able to do so immediately opposite the Main Gate at 802 San Marcos Street.

Please use the parking lot located at the intersection of East 9th Street and Embassy Drive for wheelchair access to the brick paths. The grounds are wheelchair accessible and all walkways are hard surfaced. There will be accessible seating at the event. If you need assistance, volunteers are available to direct you.

There will be food vendors on site including Kerlin BBQ and Crepe Crazy (savory, sweet and vegetarian crepe options).  There will also be a full cash bar and an ATM.

Bring it!!!


Money Chicha

imageGot to fill in on keyboard with this awesome Chicha band.   It’s like Cumbia mixed with surf and psychedelics and punk rock.  A great flavor after 6 weeks of opera in New York.  Everyone in it is an amazing musician and a joy to play with.  Money Chicha!!!

Invincible Czars make an album and show of Graham’s and my music!

WHO: Invincible Czars, Golden Hornet Project

WHAT: “The Invincible Czars Play Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski” (GHP fundraiser & Invincible Czars EP release)

WHEN:  Friday March 28, 2014 – 8:30PM doors, 9:30PM show

WHERE: Spiderhouse Ballroom 2908 Fruth St. Austin TX 78705 (Chapel Stage)

TICKETS: sliding scale $10-25 (all ticket sales go to GHP)





AUSTIN, TX – among their many projects and incarnations, Austin’sInvincible Czars have become known for Czarifying/Austinizing their favorite works by composers such as Tchaikovsky, Ravel, Mussorgsky and others.  Now Austin’s emperors of eclecticism have set their sights on two of the city’s own composers –Graham Reynolds and Peter Stopschinski.

Reynolds and Stopschinski are arguably the most popular a composers in Austin.  Both have ever growing catalogs of material ranging in scope from rock songs to dance/theater works.  Their list of collaborators includes virtually every cutting-edge arts organization in Austin and several outside the state and the curate SxSW “Non-Classical” showcase each year bringing in names like Gabriel Prokofiev.


This show will be a fundraiser for theGolden Hornet Project, a 501 (c) 3 non-profit created by Reynolds and Stopschinski in 2001. Currently, the organization has received a matching grant of $20,000 from the Knaster Family Trust, which means every dollar donated will essentially be doubled.  This matching grant will help to fund several current and future projects including GHP’s biggest effort yet; “MOZART: REQUIEM UNDEAD” which will be the kick-off event to the 2014 Fusebox Festival and features commissions from composers such as Glenn Kotche (Wilco)Caroline Shaw (Pulitzer Prize winner), DJ Spooky and many others…not to mention a 25 piece band and 200 person chorus!

The Invincible Czars collaborated with guest drummer Chuck Fischer(Mistress Stephanie, HCMS Band, The Robertsons, Foot Patrol, GHP) to record two pieces by each composer and will release a 4 ½ -song EP entitled The Invincible Czars Play Reynolds and Stopschinski Vol. 1at the show.  The recording features founder/guitarist Josh Robinsdoubling on bass guitar and is the band’s most driving, rocking effort in years bringing more of their punk and metal influences like The Jesus Lizard and The Melvins back to the forefront.  Winds mistress Leila Henley and violin-guy Phil Davidsonmake Reynolds and Stopschinski’s melodies sparkle like diamonds on top of Fischer/Robins’ bedrock.


As an added bonus, Mother Falconbassist Dusty Rhodes will join The Invincible Czars for this live performance.



Upcoming Invincible Czars Performances:
3/28 – Austin – Spiderhouse – Invincible Czars play Reynolds and Stopschinski.  Fundraiser for Golden Hornet Project’s “Requiem Undead”  8:30 PM doors/9:30 PM show
7/4 – Austin – Central Market North Lamar – Fourth of July Picnic 


Mozart’s Requiem Undead

It’s been almost 4 years since we came up with the idea. And now it’s all set to happen April 16, 2014.  With our amazing partners Texas Choral Consort, Fusebox Festival, and Texas Performing Arts, we are pleased to present our biggest show. And it’s free of charge!

Golden Hornet Project has commissioned 10 unique composers to finish Mozart’s final incomplete masterpiece: The Requiem mass in D minor.  We are proud to present adaptations by Glenn Kotche, Caroline Shaw, DJ spooky, Petra Haden, Kate Moore, Adrian Quesada, Justin Sherburn, Todd Reynolds, and of course Graham Reynolds and myself.  For more information click the link below:

Bum Phillips opera rehearsals in full swing!

We are rehearsing at La Mama almost every day now preparing for our big opening on March 13. We have a preview show on March 12 which happens to be my birthday. I can’t think of a better birthday present thab to premier this amazing opera by Kirk Lynn and myself!  Everybody on the team is amazing. Luke Leonard has really outdone himself and bringing us altogether. Charlotte Griffin is coming up with some  unique choreography which looks really cool. The cast and the rest of the production team are all doing a fantastic job. It’s my pleasure to be part of this top notch production!

MOTHER FALCON and my Re-Write of the Rite of Spring CD

PETER STOPSCHINSKI and MOTHER FALCON each perform sets and then join forces to present PETER STOPSCHINSKI’s RE-WRITE OF THE RITE OF SPRING.  I will have a limited number of advance copies of my new Rite of Spring Re-write CD available for sale.


I spent my spring break coming up with solo piano adaptations of each movement of the first part of Igor Stravinsky’s Rite of Spring.  Eric Roach helped me record all of these and I intended to make a small run of CD’s of this solo piano adaptation of the Rite of Spring.

In the summer I had the opportunity to arrange the first 25 minutes for percussion ensemble featuring Chuck Fischer, Tom Burritt, Owen Weaver and Graham Reynolds at a percussion ensemble concert presented by Golden Hornet Project.

StravinskyIn the meantime friends of mine, Van and Kelli Hoisington, offered to help fund a CD of that percussion version so I ended up arranging the entire first part for percussion ensemble and producing a CD of that version.

The band MOTHER FALCON then commissioned me, through their manager John Reide, to arrange 25minutes of my Rite of Spring Re-write for their huge band which has violins, cellos, bass, drums, accordion, bassoon, multiple saxes and trumpets and guitars and I’m playing piano. Its going to be massive and I’ll have my new Rite of Spring Re-write CD’s on sale.  Yes!


ghp_percussionAn all-percussion evening of madness featuring Tom Burritt, Chuck Fischer, Owen Weaver, Graham Reynolds, and Peter Stopschinski

Golden Hornet Project’s big summer event.  We just tied the Miro String Quartet for BEST CHAMBER MUSIC PERFORMANCE in Austin’s Critic’s Table Awards with our STRING QUARTET SMACKDOWN concert with the Tosca String Quartet and now we are moving on to the heavy hitting drums.  This is our 8th or 9th all-percussion show and more and more people come out each time.  Last year it was packed and everyone was getting into the percussive madness.  This year it is at the Off Shoot.


I’m playing at Church of the Friendly Ghost @ Salvage Vanguard Theater.

My good friend and great pianist, Willis G. Miller, and I will bring his Kinda Blue/Goldberg Variations Original Piano Sample Pak and play Well Tempered Klavier, Rite of Spring, and improvise in EXTREME different tunings.

Last week I went to hang out with my friend Willis G. Miller at his place in Hyde Park where I got a demonstration of his newly purchased sample pak or the piano that Bill Evans played on Kinda Blue which also happens to be the piano that Glenn Gould played on his 50’s Goldberg Variations recording.  I’m sure many amazing pianists played it over the years.  He was playing Bach’s Well Tempered Klavier and had created some settings for different tunings that Bach may have used.  We went on to create random tuning schemes that became more and more extreme, some notes tuned as much as an octave from its original pitch.  We’d take turns creating a new tuning then we’d improvise in C major and it would sound completely amazing.  You’d play the note C on the keyboard but hear an F quarter sharp an octave and a fourth above that C. D would be F# and E would be middle C etc.  Sometimes we’d get tunings where C would become D but D would stay D and E would also sound like D so the C major scale would sound D-D-D-F-G-A-B.  You get the picture.


The Amazing Earl Campbell

The first workshop of the upcoming opera about Bum Phillips and the Houston Oilers was so successful that we extended the performance one more weekend at La Mama in New York City.  LIU Post University students and Musical Director Kerry Prep were absolutely amazing in helping to bring this wild new commission to life.  So happy to be collaboration with my good friend Kirk Lynn who’s writing the book (we did the musical I’ve Never Been So Happy together) and my new friend Luke Leonard of Monk Parrots theater company who commissioned the piece and will be directing.  This is really going to be a fun new take on Opera/Musical Theater.  The official premier date is April 2014 in NYC but there are plans for several workshops along the way.  I caint wait!!!

The New Musical Calico Buffalo table reading in New York

I Just had a great experience at a table read for a new musical called The Calico Buffalo concived and spearheaded and based on a published children’s book by artist and writer E.J. Stapleton.  It’s a furry animal drama!  I met the entire creative team and 10 singers all with Broadway credentials and taught them the 4 songs I’ve finished and they read the entire script.  The singers were amazing and we learned everything in 4-part harmony in less than 2 hours.  It’s a long term project with a big vision and big expectations.  Bound for Broadway baby!

Click here to hear an excerpt of the sassy toads song, Toads Up!

Our String Quartet Smackdown Makes The Chronicle’s Top 10 Artsy Events!

Golden Hornet Project (My non-profit with fellow composer Graham Reynolds) presented a string quartet composition contest in November modeled after a 16 bracket single elimination tournament.  We received 100 entries for all over the world including Iran, Scotland, Germany, Argentina, and Florida.  Graham and i chose 16 to compete at the concert.  The Tosca String Quartet performed and the audience voted via text message and the grand prize ($1000) winner was Chris Black from Tuscon, AZ (Austin ex-patriot)  It was truly a unique classical music experience and the audience was thoroughly engaged.  You can see in the photo as two piece were voted on a real time graph was created so we could all see who was winning as the votes came in.  That made for some exciting “ooh’s” and “ahh’s” from the crowd as one piece would surpass the other!

The Voting Screen at String Quartet Smackdown

The Austin Chronicle voted for this concert as one of the Top Ten arts events of 2012!

Also, notice Graham’s project with Forklift got the top arts event!

HALLOWEEN SHOW!!!!! October 28th Peter’s brand new score to the silent film classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari

Watch The Cabinet Of Dr. Calgari Trailer with music by Peter Stopschinski

2 shows on Sunday October 28th. 4pm and 7pm. Alamo Drafthouse South Lamar.


Click to go to the Alamo Drafthouse page with info and TICKETS!

I’ve created a new score to the Silent Film Classic The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari.  I used the Alt-Classical criteria I created for my new album coming this fall, Now Would Be A Good Time.  This is an amazing film with incredible sets and inspired Edward Scissorhands and Shutter Island.

The band will be the fabulous Dissonant Romantics:  Leah Nelson – viola, Tom Echols – guitar, Chuck Fischer – drums, Hen3ry Q Vines – bass and Peter Stopschinski – piano.

Not to be missed!!!!!

Click to go to the Alamo Drafthouse page with info and TICKETS!


Playing piano for DJ Spooky: Terra Nova Sinfonia Antarctica

Rocking with DJ Spooky at the state theater as part of SXSW ECO.  Its the first year for the environmentally focused national gathering and I joined Paul Miller aka. DJ Spooky in a performance of his recently composer hour long chamber piece dedicated to Antarctica.


Click to check out the SXSW ECO Page for Terra Nova




This piece is really interesting and the performance involves lots of cool video and opens with him playing a block of dry ice with chimes.  Its a very fun, icy sound.

Dissonant Romantics

We are playing tonight for the Bee v. Moth new record release.  Bee v. Moth is one of the best examples of the “new” school of bands in Austin that have rock instrumentation, are mostly instrumental, influenced heavily by a very wide variety of music including classical and even the extreme stuff of the 20th century.

Very talented, very engaging, we are happy to be playing with them.  In celebration I’m offering the Dissonant Romantics live album download for free:

Click here to Download the Dissonant Romantics album for free:

Mother Falcon and Austin Chamber Music Center

I’ve been teaching music composition at Austin Chamber Music Center for 7 or 8 years now, many of those years with Graham Reynolds.  One of our proudest teaching experiences is having mentored the students that became the band Mother Falcon.

Last night 20 of our composition student ranging in age from 8th grade to seniors in high school got to sit in with Mother Falcon at Antone’s for their final concert.  Everybody was so stoked and it truly made Graham and I feel proud.

Click for a you tube of Mother Falcon – Fireflies

Saturday Morning Massacre

Just finished scoring a feature length horror film: “Saturday Morning Massacre.”  The score was based on John Cage’s Second Construction and Some Xenakis and Penderecki Orchestral works.  Oh yeah, and drones.

Click here to hear one of the sound cues from the film

It was very fun to make and I only had 2 weeks to do it.  It premiered at the L.A. Horror Film Festival.  Got the job through Graham Reynolds.  Thanks Graham!  He did the opening credits and I did the rest.  Spent a whole day score a decapitation scene…awesome!

Click here to read a review and see the trailer


Golden Hornet Project at Innova Records SXSW Showcase

Graham Reynolds and I played a sweet set of Prokofiev’s Visions Fugitives with our amazing band at this year’s Alt-Classical showcase hosted by Innova Records.  Others on the bill that night were ex-Austinite Sxip Shirley and New York Violinist Todd Reynolds who has played with Laurie Anderson and Bang On A Can.  Todd is also soon to be GHP’s newest featured artist in two shows we are presenting at this year’s Fusebox Festival on May 5, 2012.  We will be playing a more formal indoor show and then a less formal site specific show at these cool drainage tunnels beneath Mopac.  I hope it don’t rain!!!

Peter Gets Accepted To New Dramatist Workshop In NYC

I applied and got accepted to go to this cool workshop in NYC held by New Dramatist. They accept 5 composers to work with 5 writers and 5 performers to complete a series of high turnover creative assignments all geared towards creating new music theater.  February 10-27.  Working all day every day.  Should be awesome!

from their site:

“Pairing five New Dramatists playwrights with five composers from a variety of musical and stylistic backgrounds, this nearly round-the-clock workshop sparks early-stage collaborations. During the two-week studio, facilitated by Ben Krywosz and music director Roger Ames, an ensemble of five singer/actors support the participants as they develop overnight responses to five songwriting assignments.”

Free CHABLIS!!!!!

The entire Chablis record release show at the Sahara Lounge was streamed live and can still be watched at:

It was totally awesome.  The new record is badass too and features some of the best country musicians Austin has to offer.  From

The Planetary Magnetics Corporation is pleased to present the debut release from America’s premiere Alt-Cunt sensation Chablis!
released 13 December 2011
Vocal: Jean-Claude Chablis
Vocal and Piano: Charles Bliss
Übermensch: Karls Jr. Chables, Sr.
Guitars: Redd Volkaert
Pedal Steel: Bob Hoffnar
Horns: Clay Embry and Mike Hoffer
Bass: Brad Fordham
Drums: Tom Lewis
Special thanks to Chablis band members everywhere – past, present, and future
Produced by Graham Reynolds
Recorded by Buzz Moran, Mixed by Buzz Moran and Graham Reynolds
Mastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service
Label design by Nicole Ginelli
Boots photo by Lana Lesley©2011 Planetary Magnetics Corporation

Peter Helps Out On New Daniel Johnston Album

Adrian Quesada, Grammy winning producer, was hired to produce the new Daniel Johnston Album scheduled for release as an iPhone app during SXSW2012.  I’m playing piano and organ and various other keyed instruments as well as contributing some string arrangements.  Adrian is an awesome producer and musician and also he and his wife Celeste and two kids make fantastic neighbors!  I had the pleasure of touring several times with Daniel back in the day and played with him SXSW2010 and now i’m super happy to be part of this new album currently called “Space Ducks”

(Video) Peter Stopschinski sits in with Daniel Johnston and Grupo Fantasma SXSW2009

Adrian’s “Level One” Site:

GHP – Prokofiev Visions Fugitives Crazy Good!

Golden Hornet Project (Peter and Graham Reynolds’ 501c3 Alt-Classical commissioning and presenting group) remounted their Visions Fugitives concert from 10 years ago to a packed house of what I can only describe as hard-core-music-lovers.  They went nuts for Jeff Hellmer’s performance of Prokofiev’s 20 miniature solo piano pieces collectively published as Visions Fugitives.  After Jeff played the originals Peter and Graham and an all-star band of Austin musicians played arrangements and improvisations based on the Prokofiev.  It provided a unique insight in to both Prokofiev’s and our musical styles.  We had tons of fun and were all blown away by how well it worked.

The original Visions Fugitives No.8 as played by Boris Berman.  (27 sec)

My arrangement and our collective improvisation featuring drum duel by Graham Reynolds and Chuck Fischer.  This is recorded with my little hand held digi-recorder thing from the back of the room and its not super hi-fi but still fun to listen to.  I’m playing piano. (4min57sec)

Review of the concert from

YouTuber of Chuck Fischer and Graham Reynolds Drum Battle From Visions Fugitives Show:

Peter’s New Album In Progress

I’m working on a new album of fully orchestrated instrumental tracks scheduled for release in Fall 2012. Chuck Fischer, Hen3ry Q Vines and I have already been practicing and most of the material is already composed. It is going to slay. It was Graham’s suggestion and I’ve been super engaged in making it. I’ll post some audio soon!

New Opera About Bum Phillips

Kirk Lynn and I got a sweet new commission from Luke Leaonard in NYC to write a new opera based on ex-Houston Oilers football coach O.A. “Bum” Phillips.  This is loosely scheduled to premier in NYC in 2013.  I grew up in Houston during the “Luv Ya Blue” days and that made a big impression on me.  We are just getting started with the very initial conceptual aspects of creating this piece.   I want it to be high energy, fully orchestrated (we are talking about 12 – 15 musicians and possibly as many singers), and I imagine the music sound like the exciting parts of Wagner, the Monday Night Football theme song, and country music all mashed up.  Bum fought in WWII in the South Pacific and coached professional football at the highest level and was a cowboy and rancher and a prison minister! He said, “I believe you win by being a family.”

A You Tube video about Bum Phillips:

Graham Reynolds

Graham and I have been working together for over 13 years now building our Alt-Classical scene here in Austin, TX and helping each other mature as artists.  We created Golden Hornet Project in 1999 and he is a constant inspiration to me and we are great friends.  We are competitive in the healthiest way, driving each other to new heights.  It’s super fun and I am thankful for Graham.

His site is very thorough and has tons of information, audio, and video:


YouTube of Graham Destroying a piano at our Fusebox Event April 2011:

This is funny because I was supposed to present a final piece after this but declined:)  Is there a better way to end a concert than destroying an instrument???  Nothing can or should follow.

I’ve Never Been So Happy – A Western Operetta

“I’ve Never Been So Happy”  is western operetta/trans-media shindig with music and lyrics by me and book and lyrics by the amazing Kirk Lynn produced by Rude Mechs and Centre Theater Group.  It has been in development since 2005 and received it’s first full presentation at a month long run in Los Angeles at the beautiful Kirk Douglas Theater.  We traveled with 19 cast members and musicians and musicians and plopped down 5 blocks from Venice Beach for most of October 2011 and worked our tails off bringing this beast to life.  What an amazing trip and we have big hopes for the future!

A link to the song “Search Party” from the I’ve Never Been So Happy Cast Demo

Follow along with the score to “Search Party”

I’ve Never Been So Happy has won many awards including the NEA New Play Development award 2010, The David Mark Cohen New Play Award 2010-2011, Best Musical Director – Peter Stopschinski Austin Critics’ Table Award 2010-2011 and many more!

A link to CTG’s I’ve Never Been So Happy Site

Texas Choral Consort Premiers Peter’s Adaptation Of Mozart’s Lacrymosa

August 20, 2011 Texas Choral Consort with conductor Brent Baldwin perform Peter’s adaptation of Mozart’s Lacrymosa from his unfinished Requiem.  Mozart actually only finished the first 9 measures of this masterpiece and Peter took the raw material from this fragment and created this almost 7 minute fantasy for chorus and orchestra.  Golden Hornet Project (a 501c3 new music presenting group of which Peter is Co-Artistic Director with Graham Reynolds) is working on commissioning each movement from Mozart’s Requiem from a 10 different composers for a concert scheduled for 2014 including Graham and Peter adapting 2 movements each.

A link to the recording from the performance featuring Roberto Riggio, violin:

Grupo Fantasma wins Grammy Award!!!

“We’ve taken home the prize for ‘Best Latin Rock, Alternative or Urban Album’ at the 53rd Annual Grammy Awards.  What a day!”

That was the headline on Grupo Fantasma’s Website.  It wasn’t long ago that there were no Grammy categories for Latin Music but now, things are changing.  Peter proudly contributed string arrangements, organ, and keyboard tracks to this groundbreaking album from Austin’s modern cumbia mash-up masters.  My buddy said, “I always thought you’d win a Grammy, but not necessarily for Best Latin Rock!” Trust me, that is one of the coolest categories for sure.

Link to Grupo Fantasma Website: