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 Hamilton, Brigadoon, Jerry Springer - The Opera, Les Miz, Matilda, School of Rock, Something Rotten, 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, Broadway Records, and Ghostlight Records labels, and have performed at the Tony Awards and at venues from Manhattan (54 Below, Joe’s Pub) to New Zealand. Peter currently serves as a voice professor for Pace University’s BFA Music Theater program in New York City.
Active as a music director, Peter recently music directed the cast album for the Broadway Star Project Cast Recording Experience in NYC, and collaborates regularly with his students and other performers in Manhattan and regionally throughout the United States. Select credits as music director include the Broadway Bridges Pakistan tour with American Voices (AV), as well as engagements with YES Academy ASEAN Broadway in Indonesia. Additional American Voices music directing and performing credits with AV include teaching and performing in Turkmenistan and Pakistan. Recent U.S. music direction credits also include performances in NYC in The Cradle Will Rock and at Lake Dillon Theatre Company (Lake Dillon, CO), and at Columbia University.
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.
He serves as a coach for a variety of performance organizations in New York City, including the Manhattan Girls Chorus and American Symphony Orchestra. Peter is the founder of a thriving private voice studio in Manhattan—Peter Thoresen Vocal Studios—and serves on the faculties of Broadway Kids Auditions (BKA) and Musical Theater College auditions (MTCA) as a vocal technique teacher. He holds a doctor of music degree from Indiana University, as well as master of music degree from the Peabody Conservatory. This spring, his chapter on teaching countertenors was published in ‘The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook’ (Meredith Music Publications) and his articles are regularly featured in trade magazines including Classical Singer Magazine.
For more information, visit www.peterthoresen.com @DrPetesTweets