Dr. Gene Peterson is the Director of Choral Activities at Bethel University in St. Paul Minnesota, only the fourth in its 66-year history. In this capacity, he conducts the Bethel Choir, and serves as Artistic Director of Festival of Christmas at Bethel. In additional to his duties at the university, Dr. Peterson serves as the Artistic Director of Choirs and Director of Performance Tours for an international tour company, Perform International. He also frequently appears as a clinician and adjudicator for local, regional, and international choral festivals and honors choirs.
Prior to his appointment at Bethel, Dr. Peterson served seven years on faculty at the University of Tennessee, School of Music as the Associate Director of Choral Activities. Before that, Dr. Peterson held posts as music director and conductor for college, high 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 (Australia) Opera House, and Chicago Symphony Hall.
Dr. Peterson has served in professional leadership roles such as High School Standards and Repertoire Chair for the California American 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 is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the International Choral Festival, American Cantat, and as the Men’s Choir Representative for Minnesota ACDA.
Dr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Music in Choral Conducting and a Masters 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.