Dr. Gene Peterson is the conductor of the Bethel Choir, the fourth in it’s 66-year history, Director of Choral Activities, and Artistic Director of Festival of Christmas at Bethel University - St Paul, Minnesota. In additional to his duties at the university, Dr. Peterson serves as the Artistic Director of Choirs and Director of Performance Tours for an international performance tour company, Perform International.
Dr. Peterson is sought after for his energetic and positive choral leadership in conducting, vocal music education, and church music. He is often engaged to be a guest conductor and appears as a clinician for local, regional, and international choral festivals, competitions, and honor and All-State choirs. He serves the choral community through leadership in the American Choral Directors Association and is an active member of the National Association for Music Educators and the College Music Society. He is currently serving as the Minnesota ACDA as the Repertoire and Resources Chair for TTBB choruses and on the executive board of the America Cantat Festival, a collaboration of North and South American choral organizations.
In 2014, Douglas Carnes graduated from Five Towns College with his Masters Degree in Choral Conducting. Upon graduation, Douglas took employment at Democracy Prep Harlem Middle School where he developed a choral curriculum with a focus on the barbershop art form. As his program took wings, so did their very own barbershop quartet. The DPHMS 7th grade quartet made up of four very talented young scholars caught the eye of Harmony Foundation International. With the help of the quartet, Harmony Foundation put together a video to encourage the support of Youth In Harmony around the world. That video was first presented at Mid Winter in New Orleans and it has begun to accomplished that very goal.
From the podium to the bandstand, Douglas has had the privilege to sing and play all around the world. His credits include percussion on Disney’s “The Lion King” on Broadway, to Youth in Harmony rep for the 2013 No Borders Youth Chorus. He is an active coach, clinician, singer and conductor for The Barbershop Harmony Society and has an intense focus on the youth movement. He continues to develop curriculum for music educators that are interested in barbershop harmony because he believes that in order to really change the world, the minds of today must invest in the minds of tomorrow.