Jon C. Peterson, D.M.A. was named director of the All-Ohio State Fair Youth Choir, a 200-voice mixed choir of high school students selected competitively from across the state of Ohio, in the spring of 2014 and is entering his second year at the Fair. Jon also serves as assistant professor of music and director of choral activities at Malone University, where he conducts the university chorale, chamber choir and chapel choir. At Malone, he teaches courses in choral music (including literature, methods and conducting) as well as coursework in music ministry.
Jon earned doctoral and master’s degrees in choral conducting with a doctoral minor in historical musicology from The University of Arizona and Southern Methodist University, respectively. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Austin College with an undergraduate degree in vocal performance.
Prior to joining the Fair’s team, Jon served on the music faculty at Bluffton University and as artistic director of the Magpie Consort, a Columbus-based chamber chorus of 20 voices. In addition to his passion for working with high school and university students, his experience in music ministry has taken him to congregations of varying sizes and denominations in Texas, Arizona, Arkansas and Ohio. Jon has prepared choirs for the Tuscarawas Philharmonic, the Canton Symphony Orchestra, the Arkansas Symphony Orchestra, Philander Smith College in Arizona, the University of Arizona and Southern Methodist University and has sung with respected choral organizations such as the Dallas Symphony Chorus and the Tucson Symphony Orchestra Chorus. He is in high demand as a guest conductor and clinician across the state — most recently being asked to conduct the Tuscarawas Philharmonic in New Philadelphia, the NBC Honors Choir in Alliance and the Williams County Choir in Stryker.
Jon’s recent research has focused on world music, hymnology and Baroque oratorio. He has also contributed choral repertoire analyses to GIA Publications’ “Teaching Music Through Performance in Middle School Choir,” released in 2011.
When not making music, Jon enjoys cycling and spending time with his wife and son.