Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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Dr. Robert Peavler


339 Alexander Building




M.M. and Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance, Florida State University
B.M. in Choral Music Education, Central Michigan University

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            Robert Peavler, baritone, currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice at Eastern Michigan University.  He received his undergraduate degree in Choral Music Education from Central Michigan University and both a Masters of Music and Doctor of Music in Vocal Performance from Florida State University.  Dr. Peavler regularly performs across the country as a recitalist and soloist.  He is a frequent adjudicator for solo ensemble festivals and competitions, and is in high demand as a clinician in the public schools. He has presented sessions on practice techniques and diction for singers at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.  He recently published his first book, The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc:  A Study Guide (Scarecrow Press).

            A versatile performer, Dr. Peavler has been heard on Wisconsin and Michigan Public Radio, and recently performed with Michigan State University’s Musique 21 in a Michigan premiere performance of Kieren MacMillan’s Drunken Moon paired with Schoenberg’s Pierrot lunaire. His operatic credits include the title roles in Le nozze di Figaro, and Gianni Schicchi as well as the Father in Hansel and Gretel and Noye in Noye’s Fludde.  As a orchestral soloist, Dr. Peavler’s repertoire includes Vaughan Williams’ Mystical Songs, Copland’s Old American Songs, Beethoven’s Mass in C, Handel’s Messiah, Poulenc’s La bal Masqué andthe Requiems of Mozart, Fauré, and Brahms.  An advocate of American art song, his recording, From The Heartland (Albany Records-TR1349), is a collection of contemporary American art song, highlighting composers Mechem, Argento, Pasatieri, and Hoekman.  Dr. Peavler has recently presented recitals at the University of North Carolina-Charlotte, Wingate University, Albion College, Grand Valley State University, and the Kerrytown Concert House. 

            As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Dr. Peavler has been a participant of the NATS Foundation Intern Program, served as a state board member for Michigan and Wisconsin NATS, and published in the Journal of Singing.  Active in the College Music Society (CMS), Dr. Peavler has served on the CMS National Committee for Music in Higher Education and the Committee for Academic Citizenship.  He was a participant in the three-member panel discussion "University Life as a Professor: Preparing DMA/Ph.D. Students for Navigating University Life, Cultures and Environments" at the 2009 CMS National Convention in Portland, Oregon as well as in the panel “Academic Citizenship in the Fine Art of Communication” at the 2010 CMS National Convention in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

            Prior to joining the EMU faculty, Dr. Peavler taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, Columbus State University, Chicago State University, and College of Du Page. He has served as a vocal instructor and staff choir conductor at Blue Lake Fine Arts Camp, as well as on the staff of the New York State Summer School for the Arts (NYSSSA) Choral Studies Program as a voice teacher and opera director.  Dr. Peavler’s students consistently place at the top of their divisions in state and regional auditions and he is proud of their contributions as music teachers and professional singers across the country.


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