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Christopher PetersonCHRISTOPHER PETERSON is Professor of Music at California State University, Fullerton where he directs the CSUF Concert Choir, the Titan Men’s Chorus, and teaches classes in choral music education. In spring 2011 he was named the 2010-2011 Cal State Fullerton ASI Outstanding Educator of the Year. Dr. Peterson taught music in the public schools of Maine for nine years, including elementary, middle, and high school music instruction. From 2001–2007 he was Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and during that time he was also conductor of the Milwaukee Youth Chorale, a high school mixed honor choir affiliated with the Milwaukee Children's Choir. He is the author of articles published in the Music Educators Journal, is a contributing author for choral textbooks used across the country, and is Series Editor, composer, and choral arranger for Hal Leonard’s Close Harmony Series for Men and the Close Harmony Collection. He has held the position of State Choral Representative for the California Music Educators Association (CMEA), and is currently the CMEA Southern Section President. Peterson is also the current Southern Regional Representative for the California Chapter of the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). Dr. Peterson maintains an active schedule as a choral clinician, guest conductor, and judge for festivals and choral performance events across the United States and internationally. In that capacity he has been invited to thirty states, five Canadian Provinces, and nine countries including England, Sweden, Japan, Germany, New Zealand, and Holland. In his spare time, Chris sings bass with the Masters of Harmony, eight-time International Men’s Chorus Champions of the Barbershop Harmony Society. He earned the Bachelor of Science in Music Education from the University of Southern Maine, and the Master of Music in Choral Conducting from the University of Maine. He earned the Doctor of Philosophy in Choral Music Education and Conducting from Florida State University where he studied with Rodney Eichenberger, Andre Thomas, and Clifford Madsen.

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