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College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished Alumnus 2013

Maitland Peters, renowned voice instructor

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Maitland Peters, College of Fine and Performing Arts Distinguished Alumnus recipient

One of New York City’s most prominent voice teachers, Maitland Peters (’74, Music, Sociology, Anthropology; ’76, M.A., Music) is director of one of the largest and most prestigious faculties of voice in the world. Peters is currently in his 22nd year as chairman of the Voice Department at Manhattan School of Music and is a recent recipient of the school’s Presidential Award for Excellence in Teaching.

His students sing on the stages of the Metropolitan Opera, the New York City Opera, the opera companies of Berlin, Munich, Paris, London and La Scala, and on the Broadway stage. He is the co-creator and artistic director of the Manhattan School of Music Summer Voice Festival.

Peters has served on the faculty of the National Opera Center and as a frequent adjudicator for many international and national competitions including the Metropolitan Opera National Council, National Youth Foundation and the International Contemporary Opera. Just this year, Manhattan School of Music established a voice scholarship in his name to further the vocal studies of their most promising young singers.