Baritone Robert Peavler serves as Professor of voice and opera workshop at Eastern Michigan University. Dr. Peavler regularly performs as a recitalist and soloist as well as being a frequent adjudicator and clinician. He is the founder of North Star Music, LLC and the Editor of the series, Modern Music for New Singers: 21st Century American Art Songs, Vol. 1 & 2. He is the co-author of Scarecrow Press' The Mélodies of Francis Poulenc: A Study Guide (978-0810884144). An American art song advocate, his recording, From the Heartland (Albany Records-TR1349), is a collection of contemporary American art song, highlighting composers Kirke Mechem, Dominic Argento, Thomas Pasatieri and Timothy Hoekman.
A versatile performer, Dr. Peavler has 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. Other recent performances include collaborations with Chamber Music Society of Detroit, UMS Summer Sings, Plymouth Oratorio Society, Detroit Concert Choir, Vocal Arts Ensemble of Ann Arbor and the Kerrytown Art Song Festival. His operatic credits include the title roles in Le nozze di Figaro, and Gianni Schicchi as well as Father in Hansel and Gretel and Noye in Noye's Fludde. As an orchestral soloist, Dr. Peavler's repertoire includes Vaughan Williams' Mystical Songs, Copland's Old American Songs, Beethoven's Mass in C and Ninth Symphony, Handel's Messiah, Poulenc's La bal Masqué as well as the Mozart, Fauré and Brahms Requiems.
As a member of the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS), Dr. Peavler has been a participant of the NATS Foundation Intern Program, currently serves as President for Michigan NATS and has published in and had his books and CD reviewed by 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, as well as presented a lecture recital at the 2015 International Conference in Helsinki, Finland.
Dr. Peavler 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. His students consistently place at the top of their divisions in state and regional auditions; he is proud of their contributions as music teachers and professional singers across the country.