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Vocal Performance Center of Excellence

The Vocal Performance Program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s is a comprehensive, classical, and foundational music education centered around ensemble excellence and individual performance opportunities.

Performance opportunities include:

  • Annual musical theater productions
  • Two family weekend performing arts showcases
  • Weekly chapel services with special music performances
  • On and off campus holiday concerts
  • Performances with Minnesota Opera’s Project Opera program
  • VPP Recitals
  • Concerts for trustees weekends
  • Ensemble tours
  • Off-campus concerts for alumni and prospective families

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About the Program

College Matriculation List

The list below represents some of the schools our alumni have attended or currently attend:

  • St. Olaf College
  • Oberlin Conservatory
  • Lawrence Conservatory
  • Louisiana State University
  • Curtis Institute of Music
  • Ithaca College
  • Eastman School of Music
  • University of Chicago
  • Luther College
  • Concordia College - Moorhead (MN)
  • University of Minnesota School of Music
  • University of Michigan School of Music, Theater & Dance

Meet the Director

Peter Schleif, Director of the Vocal Performance Program

Peter Schleif is currently in his 27th year of teaching vocal music. He has directed school, church, and community choirs in Colorado, North Dakota and Minnesota. Choirs under his direction have performed all over the United States, as well as in Austria, Germany, Poland, The Czech Republic, Finland, and Sweden. Schleif received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia College in Moorhead, Minnesota, where he studied with René Clausen and has done graduate work at the University of Minnesota and St. Mary’s University. In addition to his role as Director of the Vocal Performance Program at Shattuck-St. Mary’s, he is also the Associate Conductor of I Cantanti, a community choir based in Northfield, Minnesota. He is a member of the American Choral Director’s Association, the International Federation of Choral Musicians, and the Minnesota Music Education Association. He lives in Northfield with his wife Lori, and two sons, Isaac and Ian.

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