Vince Peterson is an award-winning composer, conductor, and keyboardist based in Brooklyn, NY.
Over his 17+ year career, he has established himself prominently in the world of choral music, most notably having founded the “shape-shifting” vocal ensemble Choral Chameleon in 2008. Under his leadership, Choral Chameleon has premiered more than 150 works since its nascence and has won critical acclaim in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The New York Concert Review, I Care If You Listen, The Examiner, and other publications. In 2015, the ensemble was awarded the prestigious ASCAP/Chorus America Award for Adventurous Programming.
A native of San Francisco, Peterson studied piano from the age of 6 and organ from the age of 11. He was fortunate to gain touring experience early on in his high school career as singer and keyboardist, having toured to Italy, The Philippines, Austria, Hungary, and Slovakia and having played for Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome and sung at an audience for Pope John Paul II.
In 2003, Peterson earned the BM in Composition from San Francisco Conservatory of Music under the tutelage of celebrated vocal music composer, Conrad Susa. He has also studied composition with David Conte, Elinor Armer, and Philip Lasser. In 2007, he earned a Double MM in Composition and Choral Conducting from Mannes College of Music where he studied under pioneer conductor, Mark Shapiro as well as the composer, David Loeb. In addition to his school work, he has had the honor of working closely with choral icons Joseph Jennings, Vance George, and Matthew Oltman.
As a prolific arranger, Peterson has most notably received seven commissions to date from 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 and his original compositions 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.
A recognized thought-leader in the music world, 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.”
In addition to his work with Choral Chameleon, he joyfully serves as Artistic Director of Empire City Men’s Chorus who he will soon usher through its 25th Anniversary Season; and Music Director of Regis High School - the only tuition-free Jesuit high school in the United States and ranked #1 among Catholic secondary schools.
In 2018, Vince Peterson was awarded the Louis Botto Award for Innovative Action and Entrepreneurial Zeal by Chorus America, a lifetime distinction he shares with only fourteen of the most influential choral musicians in the United States.