Gene Peterson, DMA
Director of Choral & Vocal Studies
Associate Professor, Choral Music
Conductor, Camerata and Lancer Chorus
Dr. Gene Peterson is the Director of Choral & Vocal Studies at the Collinsworth School of Music at California Baptist University in Riverside, California. He is an internationally recognized choral conductor and clinician, whose prior appointments include Director of Choral Studies at Bethel University (Minnesota) and Associate Director of Choral Activities at the University of Tennessee. Dr. Peterson has also served as music director and conductor for college, secondary school, church, and community choirs in California and Washington. 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, symposiums and workshops, has conducted numerous honor choirs and all-state choirs, and served as a guest conductor for choral concerts and festivals around the world. He also serves as the Artistic Director of Choirs for Perform International and Perform America, casting the mission and vision for performance tours throughout the world.
Dr. Peterson has served in professional leadership roles, including High School Standards and Repertoire Chair for the California Choral Directors Association and as Bay Area Choral Representative for the California Music Educators Association. Additional professional posts include Men’s Chorus Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association, the Southern Division Conference Planning Committee, the Men’s Chorus Representative for Minnesota Choral Directors Association, the executive committee for the International Choral Festival, America Cantat, and on the leadership team for the 2019 National Convention of the American Choral Directors Association.
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.