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Michael J. Peterson

Lives in Frankfort, Indiana United States · Born on March 21, 1953
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About Me
PROFESSIONALLY: As a performer my work has been in ACTING and SINGING, but I also have substantial credit as a DIRECTOR, PRODUCER, CONDUCTOR and work in some films. I uploaded a recent short film, “The Stage” - (May 2011), produced by Taylor University. I was asked to take part in this Spring 2011 film, based on work I did for the universities film program in last years production of "Re-launch", which is also in my video portfolio here at Explore Talent. My theatrical background includes set design, set building, prop acquisition and construction, costuming, script editing, rewriting, orchestra rehearsal/conducting, vocal coaching and vocal maintenance of singers during a performance run, as well as other behind the scenes preparation. As a musician/singer/vocal coach I am Owner / Instructor of PETERSON STUDIO OF VOICE. (Lafayette, Indiana and Frankfort, Indiana). My degree in Choral/Vocal music is from Indiana University, where I studied with distinguished professor of voice Margaret Harshaw and Marcia Baldwin (both were rostered with the Metropolitan Opera, NY). Some of my students have taken state and national awards in voice and acting. In 2010, to brush up on my vocal work and vocal teaching, I studied with Roy Samuelsen, an internationally known operatic bass/baritone who retired from the Indiana University voice faculty. I believe that those who teach, should be able to DO, and should continue to learn and work in their music and theatrical fields. Besides being a singer, actor and stage director with experience as a choral conductor and a number of years filling these various roles in summer stock as an orchestral conductor, I spent seven years as a zone chairman for the INDIANA CHORAL DIRECTORS ASSOCIATION as the ALL STATE CHOIR ZONE CHAIRMAN (zone 3B - 25 school districts). Along with the auditioning responsibility, I conducted the rehearsals leading up to state performances in Indianapolis for the mixed choir from those who auditioned in the zone. My wife, owner and instructor of PETERSON STUDIO OF DANCE, has joined me in judging various county fair talent shows in Central Indiana, and some JUNIOR MISS STATE FINALS over the years, because we are both committed to education, coaching and talent of all ages. I am slated to take part in a Spec Commercial for the Fort Wayne Railroad Historical Society, Inc. on July 2nd, 2011, the date of my most recent update of my talent information and resume here on
ADDITIONALLY: I am a voice coach and talent scout with TALENT FUSION AGENCY in Indianapolis. We are always seeking models, actors, singers, dancers and performers of all ages, while making contacts across the nation in various markets. As such, we do not place talent locally, but instead provide talent for national showcases in which directors and producers from TV, film, recording, Broadway and other performance venues come to audition the talent pool we, and other agencies like ours, bring to each 4 day showcase. You could think of us as providing a multi-course buffet of talent for the casting directors and producers who come to each showcase. In this way, we provide the broadest market in which to display or exhibit your talent or talents.

TALENT FUSION is affiliated with Global Stars Network, and has a reputation of providing the participating cadre of casting directors and upper level entertainment professionals in attendance from around the world with the best prepared and trained talent for fashion/commercial runway, film, television, print photography modeling, recording executives with actors, models, singers and dancers of all ages and types. In our one year association, we have already received the Agency of the Year Award twice (November 2010 and May 2011) for the talent we’ve introduced to the visiting agents, casting directors and producers from around the globe who attend the four day auditions cycles, which recently have been 4 days aboard cruise ships out of Tampa, FLA or Los Angeles, CA which have chartered salons and stage where the auditions are nearly continuous for registered talent.

You can contact me at, find me on Facebook or my Talent Fusion Agency e-mail – “mike” - without the quotation marks or the space.
For TALENT FUSIONS web page, point your browser to-

My music degree and studies include singing and coaching singers in Italian, French, German, English of course, and dialects. My personal resume includes musical theater, opera (performing with the Indianapolis Opera from 1998 through 2004), pop, jazz, musical theater, C&W, gospel, and other contemporary styles. The method I teach has been proven to protect the voice, give greater power to projection, and increase the years of performing for a singer. Most of my directing has been for stage, but my acting includes voice over work, character voices, and film with a good deal of experience on the stage myself. In my bag of tricks, I have been a children's theater director and stage presence coach for ages 9 and up. Several of my students have performed regionally in musical theater, and in showcases, receiving high praise, success and recognition.

GARCIA METHOD OF VOICE: I am an instructor in the Garcia method of voice, which had it's beginning with Manuel Garcia 1775 - 1832,( continued through his son, also Manuel Garcia although my line of instruction came through his daughter Pauline Viardot ( and through Anne Eugenie Schoen-Rene who was with Julliard School of Music. Through Viardot and Schoen-Rene, the techniques were passed to a multitude of operatic stars of the last century, including Margaret Harshaw who sang more Wagnerian Opera roles from Contralto through Soprano than any other female opera singer in history. Some histories claim her beginnings as a mezzo, but her first role at the Met was as the contralto Norn in Ring des Nibelungen. For more information on her career and thoughts on singing as well as acting, you can peruse an interview of her from 1994. This grand lady of the old Metropolitan Opera, with a fierce intensity to pass the technique to students passed away in 1997. I count myself lucky to be one of only two education majors Miss Harshaw ever accepted into her voice studio during her tenure at Indiana University. For the interview with broadcaster Bruce Duffie - see//

OTHER PERSONAL EDUCATIONAL ENDEAVORS / JAPANESE LANGUAGE: I live in Indiana and taught Japanese as a day job, along with my vocal coaching in the evenings, from 1995-2010, in a district where I was the corporation department chair of world languages. Being highly energetic, during that time I was teaching Japanese, I served on the board of directors for the National Council of Japanese Language Teachers, also serving one year as the president of that organization. I learned Japanese when I lived n Japan for 2 years as a missionary. I shifted gears back to my original degree of voice and performing by taking over a choral / vocal program in a Lafayette, Indiana school district for the 2010-2011 school year. I still teach Japanese as contracted, and will be doing a one week workshop for youth ages 8-18 for Purdue Extension Services in Frankfort, Indiana in June 2011.


Who I'd Like to Meet
I am completely open to meeting just about anyone from any walk of life. I've learned that I can always add something to my bag of acting tricks from observing and meeting. For a bit broader list, you can check my interests. As for professionals in the business.... and only writing about American film actors....I have a strong appreciation of Johnny Depp's ability to field any character with a totally different persona. I feel the same for Meryl Streep in her range from Julia Childs to her role in Mamma Mia. However, my lists of actors and singers who inspire me in a variety of ways would get too lengthy and take more time to go through than does my RESUME or my ABOUT ME segment above.
Movie: Akira Kurosawa films, Lord of the Rings, Harry Potter, Cars, and anything that catches my imagination.
Actor: Val Kilmer, Toshiro Mifune, Kurt Russell, Meryl Streep and others.....
Director: Akira Kurosawa, Stephen Spielberg, George Lucas, Peter Jackson
Quote: Baka ni tsukeru kusuri wa nai - Film: Yojimbo, Actor delivering line: Toshiro Mifune (Rough Translation = There is no medicine which will cure a fool)

Kamikaze Girls
Almost Anything by Akira Kurosawa
The Returner
The Princess Bride

Pirates of the Carribbean 2
Singing In The Rain
Kurt Russell
Meryl Streep
Katherine Hepburn

Julie Andrews
School of Rock
The Matrix
The Lord of the Rings Trilogy (Official Page)
Ghost Rider

White Hair Productions
Complaints Choir, a documentary film
Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog
You can find my partial performing resume at: URL:
Contact me for more detailed information.

Many incongruities all rolled up into what is left of a bizarre childhood.

Insanity is hereditary and I get if from my children (well, maybe not from all of them, but we have at least an 80% out of 100).

My other half makes me want to be better!

I don't know yet what I want to be when I grow up....
but I hope it pays better than what I've been doing.
However, some of the best payment I've had has been from seeing some of my students get a clue, get busy and get on with what they need to do to better their situations. I've learned a lot from them too, and have found other things to study based upon things students have shared with me.

Thanks to Josh Vidmar, I found this quote which moves me:

""My past is not a memory, it's a force at my back; it pushes and steers. I may not always like where it leads me, but like any story, the past needs resolution. What's past... is prologue."
-Samus Aran
Okay....Brace yourself!

Folk music

Brenda Reutebuch, Christian Artist
The Barnard Sisters
Gabby Stolfe
Nico Alonzo

George Frederick Handel
Kyle Cook
Earth, Wind & Fire
The Westwind Ensemble
Carly Simon

Tim Noble
Hal Leonard Publishing
Frank Sinatra

Idina Menzel
ed lyman
Kenny Rogers (Official)
The London Symphony
Rufus Wainwright

Jan & Dean
En Vogue
Bing Crosby
Nat King Cole
Ljuba Welitsch

Sherrill Milnes
Richard Tucker
Stevie Nicks
Dave Matthews Band
Linda Eder

Carrie Underwood
The Carpenters
Queen Latifah

John Denver
Celine Dion
Josh Groban
Charlotte Church
Peter, Paul and Mary

Simon & Garfunkel
Good Charlotte
Christiane Jaccottet
Chubby Checker

Cheetah Girls
Cibo Matto
The B'z
Pat Benatar

The Clancy Brothers
Alanis Morissette
Clay Aiken
Rodgers and Hart

Cole Porter
Coheed and Cambria
Duke Tomato
Elisabeth Schwarzkopf

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Janet Baker
John Williams
Linda Ronstadt
Crystal Gayle

Danny Elfman
David Archuleta
Deep Purple
Claude Debussy
Demi Lovato

Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
Destiny's Child
Della Reese
Diana Ross

Lionel Richie
Dionne Warwick
Disney Channel
Do As Infinity
Django Reinhardt

Don McClean
Dolly Parton
The Doobie Brothers
Dr. Demento
The Drifters

Cat Stevens
Doris Day
Dream Theater
Tommy Dorsey
Artie Shaw

Duke Ellington

Glenn Miller
Eaken Piano Trio
Gene Krupa
Lionel Hampton
Cab Calloway

Louis Armstrong
Elton John
Edward Elgar
Eileen Ferrell
Marian Anderson

Ella Fitzgerald
George Gershwin
Ethel Merman
Elvis Costello
k.d. lang

The Everly Brothers
Bette Middler
Paul McCartney

Etta James
The Who
Fats Waller
Faith Hill

Tim McGraw
Spike Jones
REO Speedwagon

Five For Fighting
Florence Foster Jenkins
Jefferson Starship
Jefferson Airplane

Fleetwood Mac
Franz Liszt
Robert Schumann
Frank Zappa
Anna Moffo

Bill Gaither
Freeze pop
Gilbert and Sullivan
Fritz Wunderlich

Garth Brooks
Gregorian chant
Gian Marco

Gordon Lightfoot
Gloria Gaynor
Giuseppe Di Stefano
Gloria Estefan
Gwen Verdon

Gwen Stefani
Guns N' Roses
Miley Cyrus
Herbert von Karajan

Haley westenra
Leonard Bernstein
Harry Belafonte
Harry Connick, Jr.

Gian Carlo Menotti
Henry Mancini
Utada Hikaru
Heywood Banks

Janne D'Arc
Hiromi Uehara
Hoagy Carmichael
Howard Shore
Hiromi Iwasaki

John Schmidt
Jim Brickman
Jim Croce
George Harrison

Johann Strauss jr
Joan Sutherland
Joan Baez
John Tesh
John Mellencamp

John Mayer
Jose Carreras
Johnny Mathis
Led Zeppelin
Eric Clapton

Kathleen Battle
Judy Garland

Kingston Trio

Kelly Clarkson
L'arc en ciel
Laura Branigan
Kristin Chenoweth

Lauritz Lebrecht Hommel Melchior
Lee Ann Womack
Lena Horne
LeAnn Rimes
Lex De Azevedo

Les Paul
Leontyne Price
Licia Albanese
George London
Lonnie Donegan

Minnie Pearl
Lucia Popp
Loretta Lynn
Minnie Ripperton

Lynard Skynard
Luther Vandross
Mannheim Steamroller
Merry Clayon

Mario Lanza
Matchbox Twenty
Maroon 5
Mary J. Blige
Michael Buble

Mercy Me
Michael McLean
Mario del Monaco
Moody Blues

Nicolai Gedda
Nicolai Ghiaurov
Nelly Furtado

Wil smith

Norah Jones
Paul Robeson
Petula Clark
Peggy Lee
Osamu Kitajima

Ray Stevens
Phil Collins
Reba McEntire
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Renata Tebaldi

Steve Green
Rhapsody of Fire
Renée Fleming
Richard Wagner
Robert Shaw

Rod Stewart
Ruth Ann Swenson
Ryuichi Sakamoto
The Rolling Stones

Roy Samuelsen
Sandi Patty
Sally Deford
Seals and Crofts
Sarah Brightman

Simon Rylander
Shirley Bassey
Sheryl Crow
Smash Mouth

The Statler Brothers
Stephen Sondheim (Masterworks Broadway)
Sonata Arctica
Steve Miller Band

Miles Davis
Stevie Wonder
Thomas Hampson
Quincy Jones

Tito Schipa
Tom Lehrer
The Troggs
Peter Gabriel

Vanessa L. Williams
Van Morrison
Vanessa Carlton
Bruce Springsteen
Victoria De Los Angeles

Vladimir Horowitz
Vanilla Ice
The Vogues
William Warfield
Yma Sumac

Zinka Milanov
The 5th Element
The 5th Dimension

High School Musical
Linkin Park
Gaunt | durban, ZN, ZA
John William Coltrane

Billie Holiday
Ringo Starr
Herbie Hancock
Thelonious Monk
Mormon Tabernacle Choir

Kev Rowe Music
Nikki Blonski
Cut Me Loose by Dana Miller