Gene Peterson is the newly appointed 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. Dr. Peterson comes to Bethel after serving seven years on faculty at the University of Tennessee School of Music as the Associate Director of Choral Activities. During his tenure in Knoxville, he was also the Director of Choral Ministries where he administered and conducted a graded choral program and orchestra at Cedar Springs Presbyterian Church. 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. He frequently appears as a clinician and adjudicator for local, regional, and international choral festivals and honor choirs. He also seeks to serve the choral community through leadership in professional organizations, having held posts inlcuding Men’s Chorus Repertoire and Standards Chair for the Southern Division American Choral Directors Association, Southern Division Conference Planning Committee, and is currently serving on the Executive Committee of the International Choral Festival, America Cantat. Dr. Peterson is a proud graduate of El Camino College, Chapman University, and the University of Washington, Seattle.