Barbara Ann Peters
Soprano Barbara Ann Peters, a Massachusetts native, received her B.M. in Applied Voice cum laude from The Boston Conservatory, studies with David Blair McClosky. She holds a License de Concert Chant from L’École Normale de Musique, Paris, studies with Pierre Bernac. Post-graduate studies include five years of private study and performance in Rome, Italy and Munich, Germany. Peters was a professional freelance musician in New York City for over two decades. She received her M.M. in Vocal Performance from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, where she was nominated for the 1999 and 2000 Outstanding Teaching Assistant Award. A member of the prestigious Pi Kappa Lambda Music Honor Society, Peters served as Adjunct Voice Faculty at UNC-Chapel Hill from 1999-2007 where she taught Voice, French, Italian and English Diction, and was nominated for the 2004 Outstanding Faculty Award. Peters taught Voice, Vocal Pedagogy, History of Art Song, Seminar in Vocal Literature: Oratorio; French, Italian and English Diction at UNC-Greensboro from 2002-2008. As clinician, she has given Master Classes at Boston Conservatory at Berklee, Meredith College, Campbell University, North Carolina School for the Arts, Guilford College, Texas Christian University, and has trained and coached church choirs in North Carolina, Georgia, and New York in her “Singing for a Lifetime” workshop.
Peters made her Carnegie Hall debut in Mahler’s Eighth Symphony with Canterbury Choral Society and made her Merkin Hall debut with I Cantori di New York in John Harbison’s Five Songs of Experience. The soprano has appeared with the Dallas Symphony, New York Chamber Symphony, New York’s Schubertiade, Springfield (MA) Symphony, Alabama Symphony, Masterwork Chorus and Orchestra , and the Manhattan String Quartet at Music Mountain. Operatic/operetta credits include performances with Boris Goldovsky Opera, Manhattan Opera, Henry Street Opera, The York Theatre, and Berkshire Choral Festival. An active recitalist, Peters has sung at such European venues as the Accademia Chigiana, Siena, American Academy, Rome, Maggio Musicale Fiorentino, Florence, Salle Cortot, Paris, and the Deutsches Museum, Munich. Her recitals have been broadcast by WQXR-New York and WGBG-Boston; others have been telecast by the Radiotelevisione Italiana (RAI). She has presented numerous recitals along the eastern seaboard in programs embracing 400 years of song.
On faculty at the Berkshire Choral Festival from 1982-2007, Peters has taught at Mannes College of Music, Hartt School of Music, UNC-Greensboro, Elon University, Greensboro College, and currently teaches voice at High Point University and UNC-School for the Arts. Executive Director of Greensboro Opera 2007-2009, she serves as Regional Governor of the Mid-Atlantic Region of NATS through July 2019. Peters became a Certified McClosky Voice Technician in 1981, and has maintained a private studio for over 40 years, currently in Greensboro, NC.