Frederick Peterbark

Fred Peterbark

Assistant Dean for Conservatory Admissions
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An accomplished and nationally active performing arts admissions professional, Fred Peterbark most recently served as Dean of Enrollment and Aid at the Cleveland Institute of Music. Prior to that appointment, he served as Assistant Dean for Enrollment Management and Student Services at Roosevelt University’s College of Performing Arts in Chicago; Director of Music Admissions and Assistant Dean for Preparatory Programs at Ithaca College’s School of Music; Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Diversity at Louisiana State University’s College of Music and Dramatic Arts; and Assistant Dean for Recruitment and Outreach at the College of Music at the University of Colorado at Boulder.

Peterbark earned a Bachelor of Music degree in vocal performance with teacher certification (K-12) from the University of Michigan and a Master of Music in performance from the University of Colorado Boulder. He is co-author of “Caring for the Whole Student” in Sound Pedagogy: Radical Care in Post-Secondary Music (University of Illinois Press). He has presented on music admissions and recruitment at multiple NASM and NACAC convenings; lectured at the Aspen Music School; and has served as Monfort Professor in Residence at Colorado State University, where he spoke on Black Pioneers in Music Performance.

As a performer, Peterbark sang in the NAXOS recording of William Bolcom’s “Songs of Innocence and Experience” which won four Grammy Awards in 2005 (Best Classical Album, Best Choral Performance, Best Classical Contemporary Composition and Producer of the Year, Classical).


MM, University of Colorado Boulder

BM, University of Michigan