Eric Peterson


Eric Peterson

Eric Peterson joined Troupers Light Opera last year as the Music Director ofThe Gondoliers.  Although delighted to be conducting Troupers first non-G&S opera, Die Fledermaus, Eric has been a Gilbert & Sullivan enthusiast since he played The Learned Judge at sixteen.  He is a member of the New York G&S Society, where he has performed many times, and of the Blue Hill Troupe, where he appeared in Yeomen, Sorcerer and Thespis and music-directed Mame.


He has participated in four productions with the Savoynet Performing Group at the annual International G&S Festival in Buxton, England, and produced and performed in a fringe festival show at the Gettysburg leg of last year's festival.  He was also Music Director for the Troupers/Wilton Playshop co-produced reading of Gilbert & Sullivan on Wall Street last September,
which Troupers will be bringing to Gettysburg this summer.

A Northern Virginia native, Eric was a horn major at William & Mary, where he began studies as a singer, dabbled in piano accompanying and conducted his first orchestra concert and first operetta (Patience).  He continued his horn and voice studies at Peabody Conservatory, making his opera debut as the notary in Gianni Schicci.  On graduation, he moved to Philadelphia, where he performed as an actor and opera singer (including his professional opera chorus debut in Die Fledermaus).

Philadelphia also gave him the opportunity to become involved in the LGBT community music scene.  Eric helped to found the Philadelphia Freedom Band, and, after moving to New York City, spent seven seasons as Artistic Director of the Big Apple Corps concert band.  He led the BAC in over 20 concerts, including its Carnegie Hall debut, and was honored beyond belief when, the day of his farewell concert, Manhattan Borough President C. Virginia Fields declared it to be "Maestro Eric Peterson Day".  Since stepping down, he has returned as the occasional guest conductor, instrumentalist and chamber music coach.  This past November, Eric made his debut conducting QUO, NYC's LGBT orchestra, in a program of Bernstein, Bach and Dvořák. 

Eric is also a vocal coach and arranger (see www.ericpetersonmusic.com), and a senior business analyst with a St. Paul-based document services company. He lives in historic Jackson Heights, Queens with his partner, Charles Keiser.