Peter D. Halverson

Associate Professor, Voice Music

Baritone Peter Halverson has enjoyed a long and successful career having performed over seventy roles in opera, operetta, musical theater and oratorio.  He has sung throughout the United States including performances at Lincoln Center, Carnegie Hall, Kennedy Center, Pittsburgh Opera, Utah Opera, Berkshire Opera, Florentine Opera, Madison Opera, Chattanooga Opera, Tacoma Opera, Dallas Symphony, San Antonio Symphony, New Mexico Symphony, New West Symphony, Erie Philharmonic, Santa Rosa Symphony, Huntsville Symphony, Oregon Bach Festival, San Luis Obispo Mozaic Festival and Crested Butte Summer Festival.  He has also appeared numerous times with the Minnesota Opera, Minnesota Orchestra, the Saint Paul Chamber Orchestra, Skylark Opera, Minnesota Chorale, VocalEssence, Fargo-Moorhead Opera and the Fargo-Moorhead Symphony.  In the spring of 2005, he won the Yrjö Kilpinen International Art Song Competition and was invited to give a recital tour in Finland.

As a voice teacher, he has had three of his students win Metropolitan Opera District Auditions as undergraduates.  His students have gone on to study at numerous graduate schools including the Academy of Vocal Arts in Philadelphia, Yale University, Indiana University, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music, McGill University, University of Kentucky, Kansas University and Wichita State University.  They have been young apprentice artists with the Santa Fe Opera, Central City Opera, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Glimmerglass Opera, Siegle Music Colony, Brevard Music Center, Opera in the Ozarks, Green Mountain Opera Festival and Pine Mountain Music Festival.

As a recording artist, he can be heard on his solo CD, “American Portrait,” as well as a CD of operetta duets with Norah Long,  “Sweethearts of Songs,” singing the songs of Jeannette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy, and three CDs put out by Operetta Archives including “City of Dreams,” “Fascinating Night” and Emmerich Kálmán’s “Marinka.”  He can also be heard on the Minnesota Opera’s recording of “The Grapes of Wrath” by Ricky Ian Gordon in the role of Pa Joad and is baritone soloist on recordings of René Clausen’s “Memorial,” “The New Creation” and most recently “The Passion of Jesus Christ.”  He has been a member of the Concordia College music faculty since 1983 and in 2016 year he was awarded the 125th Anniversary Flaat Faculty Award.

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Peter D. Halverson

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