Dr. Douglas R. Peterson is in his is in his forty-eighth season as music director of the Southern Nevada Musical Arts Society. He was honored as one of three Generations of Leaders in the Arts with a "Legend Award" by Nevada Arts Advocates at the 14th Annual NAA Gala on Friday, November 1, 2013. He was commended by Governor Gibbons for his many contributions to the Arts in Nevada in November, 2007, and was selected as a "Local Hero" award recipient through Bank of America's Neighborhood Excellence Initiative Program in November, 2006. He received the Governor's Arts Award for Excellence in the Arts in 1987 and in 1992 was recognized by Governor Bob Miller and Senators Richard Bryan and Harry Reid for his significant contribution to the Arts in Nevada. The Las Vegas Chamber of Commerce awarded Dr. Peterson its annual Community Achievement Award in Arts and Entertainment in 1998 and the Musical Arts Society honored him at its recent 50th Anniversary Banquet "in appreciation of his 45 years of excellence in musical artistry and leadership." The Nevada Music Educators Association also took the occasion to bestow on him its "Steve Maytan Service to Music Education Award." Dr. Peterson retired as Emeritus Associate Professor of Music at UNLV in 2003, having taught at the University for 36 years.