Joseph Peeples is the the Organist of First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara and feels privileged to accompany the Chancel Choir under the direction of Nathan Kreitzer. Some of Joseph’s other accompaniment experiences include being guest organist for The Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Parish in San Gabriel, California, being Organist of Speedway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Speedway, Indiana, and accompanying the nationally-recognized collegiate choirs of Brigham Young University (Concert Choir and Men’s Chorus).
Joseph is University Organist at California Lutheran University and teaches courses in applied organ, music appreciation, and keyboard harmony. He also maintains an active private organ studio. Joseph is on the faculty for the annual Brigham Young University Organ Workshop. Over the years, Joseph has taught a wide variety of courses in music theory and musicianship at Pepperdine University, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, and Brigham Young University.
Joseph has completed doctoral coursework at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he studied organ with Janette Fishell and Christopher Young, improvisation and sacred music with Bruce Neswick, conducting with Walter Huff, and harpsichord with Elisabeth Wright. He received a Master of Music degree from Brigham Young University, studying organ with Don Cook and Doug Bush, conducting with Rosalind Hall, and carillon with Don Cook. He also received a Bachelor of Art degree from California State University Channel Islands.
Joseph serves as Sub-Dean for the Ventura County Chapter of the American Guild of Organists and as a stake organist for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in the Thousand Oaks Stake. He lives in Thousand Oaks, California with his wife and their two sons.