LCSO musician spotlight: Pete Collins

Pete Colllins serves as the associate principal of the La Porte County Symphony Orchestra’s viola section and will be entering his 30th year with the LCSO. In addition to his section duties, he can occasionally be found on the podium conducting the orchestra as well.

Pete’s “day job” is serving as the La Porte High School’s orchestra director. “Pete can also be found at the middle school, he continues to do a wonderful job of developing our future musicians,” said Tim King, LCSO executive director. Born into a musical family (his father taught elementary music and orchestra and was a member of the Fort Wayne Philharmonic for over 50 years), Pete also plays the violin — which comes in handy during school orchestra rehearsals.

He and his wife, Dianne, have two grown children, Joel and Andy, as well as a grandson.

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2 Responses to “LCSO musician spotlight: Pete Collins”

  1. Kubaszyk

    Jul 20. 2020

    Awesome teacher/mentor, LaPorte School Corp should be very lucky to have a teacher with such dedication/knowledge. Congratulations on your 30 years.

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  2. Cindy Morrical

    Jul 20. 2020

    Mr. Collins is a truly great music teacher and it’s nice to see him in a feature article. I believe I was in his first 6th grade orchestra class, which was his first full class to graduate LPHS in ‘96. I played the violin every year in the orchestra, was in chamber groups, the LP Symphony, NW Youth Symphony and attended Valpo music camps, all because he introduced and encouraged us to play outside of class. Thanks Mr. Collins!

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