Peter Thoresen is an award winning voice teacher, performer and music director. His students appear regularly in national tours and productions on and off Broadway, including Les Miz, Matilda, Something Rotten, Wicked, Kinky Boots, Flashdance, Liberty: A Monumental New Musical, You’re a Good Man Charlie Brown, and many others. His students record regularly for the Columbia and Broadway Records labels, and have performed at the Tony Awards and at venues from Manhattan (54 Below, Joe’s Pub) to New Zealand. Active as a music director, Peter collaborates regularly with his students and other performers in Manhattan and regionally throughout the United States. Recent credits as music director/voice teacher/performer include engagements with YES Academy ASEAN Broadway in Indonesia, American Voices in Turkmenistan, Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Lake Dillon, CO) and Columbia University in NYC.
In demand as a performer, Broadwayworld.com has described Peter's singing as ‘spellbinding' and his recent New York performances in Heartbreak Express (world premiere) and The Fairy Queen were critically acclaimed by the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Opera Magazine, Opera News, and the New York Observer. Peter grew up in Chicago, where he was a child actor and performed in over 500 performances of musicals and operas. This grew into a love of performance that has ultimately led to solo engagements with Lyric Opera of Chicago, the American Opera Theater, Monterey Symphony and Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble. Praised by Opera News for his 'delightful portrayal' of Toulouse Lautrec in the world premiere of the opera Vincent, Thoresen delighted Pittsburgh audiences with his portrayal of Julia Child in Hoiby’s Bon Appétit!, and was noted for 'his mastery of Child’s vocal and physical gesture mannerisms that elicited gales of laughter from the audience.' (Pittsburgh Tribune-Review) His performance was named in the list of top 10 classical music events in Pittsburgh in 2011. Committed to the creation and performance of new music, Peter Thoresen recently created the role of Dolly Parton's assistant in premiere reading performances ofHeartbreak Express (Lam/Clum) with the New York city based company Rhymes With Opera (RWO). About Thoresen's RWO debut in New York, Sybarticsinger.com reported that Thoresen 'sang with agility and passion...' (Michael Berg).
He serves on the voice faculties of Pace University (PPAMT), Broadway Kids Auditions (BKA) and Musical Theater College auditions (MTCA) as a vocal techniques coach and music director in New York, as well as the YES Academy ASEAN. He also works as a coach for a variety organizations in New York, including the Manhattan Girls Chorus and American Symphony Orchestra. Peter is the founder of a thriving private voice studio in Manhattan, and He holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University, and his articles are regularly featured in trade magazines including Classical Singer Magazine. Before turing to teaching and performing full time, Peter served as business manager to legendary operatic baritone, Thomas Hampson, and was the administrative director of the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at Lincoln Center.
An active soloist, Thoresen has sung oratorio and concert repertoire of Handel, Bach, Bernstein, Bolcom and Crumb with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra Chamber Musicians, the Handel Choir of Baltimore, Pittsburgh New Music Ensemble, Monterey Symphony and Winter Harbor Music Festival. A recent Manhattan transplant, he has appeared in salon performance with New York's innovative Rhymes With Opera company (RWO), and sung and lectured on the gender-bledning aspects of the countertenor voice at the National Opera Center. Thoresen has performed as a member of the Philharmonia Baroque Orchestra Chorale in San Francisco, and is a founding member of the Bloomington-based vocal ensemble Vox Reflexa, which specializes in Baroque and modern polyphonic choral works. He previously lived in San Francisco where he was named a district winner in the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions. A skilled comedian and improviser, Thoresen has performed as Judy Garland in operatic mock-master classes and charity events.
Thoresen previously served as a visiting faculty member at the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music, where he led Project Jumpstart, a music entrepreneurship and career development program. He currently serves as the Administrative Director of the Imani Winds Chamber Music Festival at Lincoln Center and Managing Director of theWinter Harbor Chamber Music Festival in Maine. He holds a Doctor of Music degree from the IU Jacobs School of Music, a Master’s degree from the Peabody Conservatory, and an undergraduate degree from Illinois Wesleyan University.