Camerata is the flagship choral arts ensemble at California Baptist University. It is an auditioned mixed choir of the most advanced singers within the Collinsworth School of Music. CBU Camerata performs art music composed for chamber choir, highlighting historic sacred and secular repertoire, contemporary art music, and music from non-Western cultures. Additionally, CBU Camerata performs in conjunction with other choral ensembles to perform in the annual “A CBU Christmas" and extended choral works with orchestra. Participation is by audition only.


To schedule an audition, please visit our Next Steps page, contact the CBU School of Music office by phone at 951-343-4251, or email us at


Dr. Gene Peterson

Conductor, Camerata
Dr. Gene Peterson is the Director of Choral Studies at California Baptist University Collinsworth School of Music. His diverse and extensive background in both academic and church contexts supports his leadership in choral arts ensembles, worship ensembles, and the vocal program at CBU. Additionally, Dr. Peterson mentors future conductors in CBU’s graduate program in choral conducting.

Dr. Peterson’s recent appointments include choral and music education faculties at Bethel University and The University of Tennessee. Dr. Peterson previously held posts as music director and conductor for college, high school, church, and community choirs in California, Washington, Tennessee, and Minnesota. Ensembles under his leadership have performed in venues throughout the United States, Europe, Australia, and New Zealand, including the Sistine Chapel, the Sydney Opera House, Chicago Symphony Hall, and Carnegie Hall. Due to his reputation in the international choral community, Dr. Peterson is in high demand as a lecturer, choral clinician and adjudicator for local, regional, and international choral festivals and has conducted numerous honor choirs and all-state choirs.

Dr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Music in Conducting and a Master of Arts from Chapman University in Orange, California, and the Doctor of Musical Arts in Choral Conducting from the University of Washington, Seattle.

Dr. Peterson is a consummate choral conductor who combines engaging charisma with musical expression and studied nuance. His breadth of expertise and experience, engaging and articulate teaching, and passion for mentoring the next generation of musicians is apparent through his work at the Collinsworth School of Music as well as his work around the world.

Recent Camerata Concerts/Appearances

  • December 8, 2020

    Virtual Ensemble Recording
    CBU Campus

  • March 9, 2020

    Calvary Presbyterian Church
    Riverside, CA

  • February 11, 2020

    Spring Opera Gala
    Ramona High School Performing Arts Center
    Riverside, CA

  • December 7-8, 2019

    A CBU Christmas
    CBU Campus

  • November 1, 2019

    Calvary Presbyterian Church
    Riverside, CA

  • April 16, 2019

    Calvary Presbyterian Church
    Riverside, CA

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