Dr. Gene Peterson, a nationally and internationally recognized conductor, music educator, and church musician, is the newly appointed Director of Choral Studies at California Baptist University Collinsworth School of Music. Dr. Peterson’s primary focus at CBU is in the development of classical choral ensembles, but his diverse and extensive background in both academic and church contexts supports his leadership across the entire choral program at CBU. He also 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 has also held professional leadership roles, serving as 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, and the Southern Division Conference Planning Committee. He has served on the Executive Committee of the International Choral Festival, American Cantat, the Men’s Choir Representative for Minnesota ACDA, and, most recently, was appointed to the “Legacy Choir” leadership team for the upcoming National ACDA Convention in Kansas City, MO.
Dr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Music in Conducting and a Master of Arts in Education 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 most apparent through his work at the Collinsworth School as well as his work around the world.