VINCE PETERSON / FOUNDING ARTISTIC DIRECTOR
Vince Peterson is an award-winning conductor, composer, arranger, and keyboardist. His work has been commissioned and performed by reputable ensembles internationally, most notably the multi-Grammy® Award-winning ensemble, Chanticleer, whose YouTube videos of Vince's work have received over half a million views to date.
Many of his choral arrangements have become staples for choirs across the United States. Distinguished performance venues include Chicago Symphony Hall, San Francisco’s War Memorial Opera House, Bartok National Concert Hall in Budapest, New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art, and Carnegie Hall, among others.
Peterson is a tireless champion of living composers and an avid proponent of new choral and theater music. He is responsible for commissioning and premiering over 140 new works to date. Under his leadership, Choral Chameleon won the 2015 ASCAP Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming. He is the 2018 recipient of Chorus America's Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal.
He holds a BMus in Composition from San Francisco Conservatory of Music, where he was a pupil of Conrad Susa. He also holds a double MM in Composition and Choral Conducting from Mannes College, The New School for Music in Manhattan, where he studied with new music pioneer conductor, Mark Shapiro.
A recognized thought-leader in the world of choral music, The New York Times called Peterson "authoritative beyond his… years," and The Brooklyn Eagle praised his work as "a stunning symphony of the spiritual and secular," while hailing him as a solo performer "with depth and vigor" who "provided a universal context which resonated with his audience.”
Together with longtime collaborator and theatrical writing partner, Joe Barros, Vince has composed the scores for three musicals: “Sticks and Stones,” “Mega,” and “The Lost Skeleton of Cadavara.”
Vince also joyfully serves: Empire City Men's Chorus as Artistic Director and Regis High School as Director of Music