Professor of Choral Music Education
California State University, Fullerton
CHRISTOPHER PETERSON is a teacher, conductor, choral clinician, author, editor, composer, and choral arranger of music and books published in the United States and around the world. In his over thirty years as a music educator, Dr. Peterson has taught in elementary, middle school, high school, church, community, festival, and collegiate settings. He earned a Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine in choral and instrumental music education and taught music for nine years in the public schools of Maine. He earned a Master of Music in Choral Conducting degree at the University of Maine, and a Doctor of Philosophy in Music Education and Choral Conducting at Florida State University.
He had the honor of teaching at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee for seven years before moving to Southern California to teach at California State University, Fullerton in 2007. At CSUF, he has trained and mentored undergraduate and graduate choral music educators and conductors and has directed the Concert Choir and the Singing Titans Chorus. In May of 2019, he was honored as the university-wide recipient of the CSUF Carol Barnes Award for Excellence in Teaching. He has served as State Choral Representative and Southern Section President for the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), as well as the Western Division Representative for the National Association for Music Education’s (NAfME) Council for Choral Education. He has also served the California Choral Directors Association in various offices and began serving as CCDA President in 2021, a position he'll maintain through 2023. His collegiate choral methods textbook "RESONANCE: The ART of the Choral Music Educator," Published by Pavane Publishing and distributed by Hal Leonard, is being studied and adopted in Universities across the United States.
He has been invited to teach, judge, and conduct choirs in more than thirty US states, five Canadian provinces, and nine countries including China, England, Sweden, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, and Holland, and has conducted All-State Choirs across the nation including Maine, North Carolina, Oregon, and California. Dr. Peterson also holds the position of Director of Music at Irvine United Congregational Church in Irvine, CA. His “hobby” for many decades has been enjoying singing barbershop harmony, and he is a BHS District Quartet Champion baritone, a top-five medalist chorus director, and a four-time gold medalist with the Masters of Harmony, nine-time International Men’s Chorus Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society.