The Musician's Credo

Those of you who have worked with me for a reasonable amount of time know that I developed an exercise some time ago which is aimed at having a musician profess and assert the meaning of their personal call to…

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A White Flag for Tonality in Choral Music Compositions

Three New York Diplomats: 1950-1965 - William Bergsma, Vincent Persichetti, and Norman Dello Joio


The concert music landscape in New York City in the 1950s was an increasingly divided one. The rejection of key signatures and traditional tonal syntax…

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A Response to "Accessibility Is A Dead End"

Today, I'm sharing a response I wrote to a blog article posted some years ago by a Canadian composer named Aaron Gervais. I've often talked about this article because I believe that it's at the heart of what is happening…

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Gratitude: Conrad Susa

Today would have been the 85th Birthday of my teacher and mentor, Conrad. Since this day of the week is a significant one to me and one that is rooted in gratitude, I'd like to say a little more about…

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A Big Fat Seal on a Rock

A dear friend once described being in the music business to me using this analogy. 
The person in the music business is a big fat seal on a rock, happily basking in the sun. Sometimes they can stay in…

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Helpful Resources

Vince Peterson: The Musician's Credo This is a guided exercise designed to help musicians gain a strong sense of self and of their work in the world. It has helped hundreds of people to show up more confidently in the musical workforce and can be adapted for other disciplines as well. 65.4 KB
Audition Excerpt Examples for Vince's Choirs Get a sense of what the sight-reading and/or prepared audition excerpts are for Choral Chameleon and Empire City Men's Chorus. 1.92 MB
A Choir Is A Beautiful Thing An excerpt from "The Elegance of the Hedgehog" by Muriel Barbery - Journal of the Movement of the World No. 4. 20.4 MB
Vince Peterson Curriculum Vitae Revised October, 2021 135 KB