Erik Peregrine (they/them or he/him) enjoys an active career as a conductor and educator, currently serving as both the artistic director of University of Arizona’s Collegium Musicum and of Ensemble Companio, an award-winning Northeastern chamber choir. Peregrine has previously held a wide variety of positions across North America, including with the Tucson Masterworks Chorale, Woodbury Chorus & Orchestra, One Voice Mixed Chorus (MN), Saint Paul Conservatory for Performing Artists, Vancouver Peace Choir, and the University of British Columbia Choirs, among others.
Peregrine has recently given presentations at Chorus America, GALA Choruses Leadership Symposium, ACDA Central/North Central Division, and ACDA of Minnesota conferences about creating inclusive ensembles for LGBTQ+ singers, transgender vocal pedagogy, and other diversity-related topics. This coming summer, Peregrine will be the featured guest conductor for the transgender/nonbinary massed choir at the quadrennial 2021 GALA Choruses Festival, the world’s premiere festival for LGBTQ+ ensembles and singers.
Originally from the Pacific Northwest, Peregrine earned a Master of Music in choral conducting from the University of British Columbia (Vancouver, BC) and a Bachelor of Arts in Music magna cum laude with honors from Lewis & Clark College (Portland, OR). Peregrine is currently pursuing a doctorate in choral conducting and historical musicology at the University of Arizona (Tucson, AZ), with thesis research exploring the Mass of Tournai as an introduction to medieval polyphony for collegiate choral ensembles. Peregrine’s other areas of scholarship investigate marginalized figures in early music, mindfulness practices for rehearsal settings, and choral programming as a curatorial art.