Eastern Michigan University

College of Arts and Sciences

Music & Dance

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Dr. Robert Peavler


339 Alexander Building




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

Courses Taught

  • Applied Voice
  • Class Voice


Baritone Robert Peavler currently serves as Associate Professor of Voice at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Peavler regularly performs across the country as a recitalist and soloist as well as being a frequent adjudicator and clinician. He has presented sessions on practice techniques and diction for singers at the Michigan Music Conference in Grand Rapids, MI.  He is the co-author of The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc:  A Study Guide published by 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 and the 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.

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 panel member in presentations at both the 2009 and 2010 National Conferences and is looking forward to presenting a lecture recital on Francis Poulenc at the 2015 International Conference in Stockholm, Sweden.

Prior to joining the EMU faculty, Dr. Peavler taught at Indiana University of Pennsylvania, University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, and Columbus State University. 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.  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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