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Aaron Peisner

Aaron Peisner is in his second year of doctoral studies at University of Maryland under Edward Maclary, where he serves as assistant conductor of the UMD Chamber Singers and as the Opera Chorus chorus master. During the 2016-2017 Season, Peisner directed the University Chorale.

In Summer 2017, he served as assistant chorus master and guest lecturer at the second annual Portland Bach Festival in Maine. As a Citizen Schools Teaching Fellow between 2012 and 2013, he led the sixth and seventh grade choirs at Bronx Writing Academy in New York.

An active singer, Peisner sings with the choir at the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington, DC. He has also sung with St. Matthew’s Schola in Washington, Polyhymnia in New York, the San Francisco Choral Artists, Westminster Chamber Choir, and Yale Schola Cantorum, with whom he sang on two international tours.

Peisner holds an MM in Choral Conducting from Yale School of Music, where he co-directed the Battell Chapel Choir, served as an assistant conductor to the Yale Camerata under Marguerite Brooks, and studied conducting with Marguerite Brooks, Jeffrey Douma, and David Hill. He also earned a BA in music from Wesleyan University. His undergraduate thesis about critical pedagogy and choral rehearsals earned high honors, and is cited in the Oxford Handbook of Choral Pedagogy. At Wesleyan, Peisner founded the Choral Music Student Forum, assistant conducted the Collegium Musicum, and led a wide variety of performances, ranging from film scores and dance productions to new compositions and Georgian polyphony.