Lauded for his keen artistic insight, creative programming, and lithe podium presence, conductor Erik Peregrine currently serves as the artistic director of Ensemble Companio, 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 variety 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, Spiritus Multi-Faith Choir, and numerous community ensembles. He has assisted in preparing choruses for collaborations with the Vancouver Symphony Orchestra, UBC Symphony Orchestra, and other ensembles with major repertoire including Britten’s War Requiem, Orff’s Carmina Burana, Mahler’s Symphony no. 2, Brahms’ Ein Deutsches Requiem, and Beethoven’s Symphony no 9.
In demand as a guest clinician and lecturer, Peregrine frequently presents on topics related to diversity in choral music, transgender vocal pedagogy, inclusive rehearsal practices, and LGBTQ+ issues. He is a featured guest artist for the 2018 Transgender Voices Festival (Macalester College, MN) and has recently presented at the 2018 ACDA Central/North Central Regional Conference (Chicago, IL), the 2017 Minnesota ACDA Summer Dialogue (St. John’s University, MN), and the 2017 Minnesota Collegiate Music Education Workshop (University of Minnesota), among other conferences. Peregrine also leads workshops for middle and high school students 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.
Ensemble Companio’s mission is to build bridges between people through authentic, inspiring performances of the finest choral music.