Joseph Peeples is University Organist at California Lutheran University, where he teaches courses in applied organ, music appreciation, and keyboard harmony, and maintains an active private organ studio. He is also organist at First United Methodist Church of Santa Barbara, where he accompanies the Chancel Choir under the direction of Nathan Kreitzer.
Joseph has served as a guest organist for The Church of Our Saviour Episcopal Parish in San Gabriel, California, and was previously organist for Speedway Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) in Speedway, Indiana, and the Brigham Young University Concert Choir and Men’s Chorus.
Over the years, Joseph has taught a wide variety of courses in music theory and musicianship at Pepperdine University, Indiana University, and Brigham Young University. He is currently on the faculty for the annual Brigham Young University Organ Workshop.
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 Douglas 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 Thousand Oaks. He and his wife are proud parents of two sons.