Lauded for his keen artistic insight, creative programming, and lithe podium presence, conductor Erik Peregrine currently serves as the Music Director of the Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra, Assistant Conductor for One Voice Mixed Chorus, and Artistic Consultant for Caritas Vocal Ensemble.
Peregrine has previously held a diverse array of conducting and teaching positions across North America, including posts with Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, the South St. Paul Male Chorus, Vancouver Peace Choir, University of British Columbia Choirs, UBC Symphony Orchestra, Lewis & Clark College Choirs and Wind Symphony, and Spiritus Multi-Faith Choir, which he founded as an undergraduate student. While at UBC, he assisted in preparing choruses for collaborations with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra and UBC Symphony Orchestra, with repertoire including Britten’s War Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Symphony no. 2, and Beethoven’s Symphony no 9.
Committed to creating more affirming spaces through education and visibility, Peregrine has recently collaborated on presentations about transgender vocal pedagogy and inclusive rehearsal practices for the inaugural Transgender Singing Voice Conference (Earlham College, IN), the 2017 Minnesota ACDA Summer Dialogue (St. John’s University, MN), and leads workshops for middle and high school students on LGBTQ-related topics through One Voice Mixed Chorus’s OUT in Our Schools program.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Peregrine earned his Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of British Columbia under the mentorship of Dr. Graeme Langager and Dr. Jonathan Girard and his Bachelor of Arts in Music magna cum laude with honors from Lewis & Clark College, where he took a winding path through bassoon performance, voice, and musicology before hearing his call to the podium under the guidance of Dr. Katherine FitzGibbon and Brett EE Paschal.
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