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Peter Barton

Title: Adjunct Voice Instructor
Department: Voice
School of Music
Peter Barton


Dr. Peter Barton, baritone, trained as a young artist in opera, music and drama at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the University of Texas at Austin. He obtained his Master of Music degree from Winthrop University and completed his doctorate in music at the University of South Carolina in fall 2011. His voice teaching background includes many years of private voice studio teaching as well as institutional positions with Georgetown University and the University of South Carolina. He is currently an adjunct faculty member in the School of Music at USC.

Dr. Barton was involved in recital work, musical theater and opera in the Washington DC area for twenty years. He has been active in the Southeast region for the last five years, performing Dr. Falke in Die Fledermaus, Count Almaviva in Le Nozze di Figaro and the title role in Gianni Schicchi.

Other major roles include: Figaro in Il barbiere di Siviglia, Malatesta in Don Pasquale, Germont in La Traviata, Michele in Il Tabarro, Ravenal in Showboat, Tommy in Brigadoon, Billy Bigelow in Carousel and the Pirate King in The Pirates of Penzance.

At Georgetown University, he directed all performing arts programs and was instrumental in establishing an Artist in Residence program, which brought prominent musicians and artists to the university community. For eight years, he was the Director of the Vocal and Opera Program for the Amalfi Coast Music & Arts Festival in Italy.

Dr. Barton worked for Price Waterhouse, The Export Import Bank of the U.S. and Fannie Mae in the business, technology and finance world. In higher education, he worked for George Washington University and the University of North Carolina at Charlotte where he was Director of Enterprise Information Management. He retired from The U.S. Department of Treasury in 2016.