Dr. Pete Eklund annually conducts instrumental and choral ensembles (professional, collegiate, and youth) in Western Europe, Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, and throughout North America. One of the most active and versatile international conductors today, Pete Eklund possesses a unique ability to work effectively with musicians at all levels of performing capability and experience. His concertizing/clinician schedule averages 60 national and international concerts annually and includes a wide array of professional, orchestral, collegiate, liturgical, festival, and youth/student ensembles throughout the Western Hemisphere.
Trained as a classical pianist and organist in the finest traditions of Western historical music, he now is also a strong advocate for ethnic and world music spanning all genres.
His academic choirs have performed on numerous American Choral Directors Association regional and national conventions where their frequency of performance set unprecedented records (over 30 MENC and ACDA invitations). Eklund has conducted his choirs in many of the world's greatest performance venues including, Carnegie Hall (numerous times), Washington D.C.'s Kennedy Center, the National Cathedral, and Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis, St. Mark's Basilica in Venice, Christ Church in Oxford, St. Paul's Cathedral in London, Mozart's Salzburg Cathedral (where he conducts yearly), Paris's Notre Dame (also conducting yearly), St. Stephen's in Vienna, St. John the Divine and Alice Tully Hall in NYC, the abbey church of St. Hildegard von Bingen, and in other famous cathedrals, abbeys, and performance halls in Prague, Milan, Cambridge, Munich, New York, Chicago, London, Coventry, Canterbury, Chartres, Reims, Rouen, Mt St. Michel, Lucerne, Metz, Regensburg, Strasbourg, Paris, Stratford on Avon, Bratislava, Rome, Florence, and Verona.
Dr. Eklund studied conducting and score-study with American Ditson Conductor's Award-winner International Mahler Medal-winner James A. Dixon, American Choral Directors Association past-president (and University of Nebraska–Lincoln alumnus) William Hatcher, and nationally-recognized scholar/conductor/author/pedagogue/administrator Don V Moses. Current and recent engagements include(d) conducting All-State choirs in Minnesota, Colorado, Indiana, South Dakota, Georgia, Missouri, and Alabama, master classes and adjudicating/clinic work in Hawaii, California, Florida, Virginia, New York, Iowa, Arizona, Missouri, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Indiana, Minnesota, Kansas, Texas, Wyoming, Kentucky, Illinois, New York, Wisconsin, North Dakota, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Tennessee, Washington D.C., North Carolina, and Chicago, collaborating with NETV on a state-wide collegiate choral broadcast (nominated for regional Emmy), conducting a regional ACDA honor choir, and directing a summer youth honor choir trip to ten countries.
He divides his time among four important roles: conductor, guest lecturer, arranger/editor (his own choral series with Santa Barbara Music Publications), and teacher/mentor (with numerous former students performing professionally on both US coasts: Broadway, Lincoln Center, TV, and Oscar winning movies - and everywhere in between), and is the Director of Choral Activities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, where he heads the Masters and Doctoral choral conducting programs, conducts the nationally recognized University Singers, and conducts the nationally renowned University of Nebraska Varsity Men's Chorus (both national MENC selected performance ensembles, the former in 2002 - Nashville and the latter in 2004 - Minneapolis). Under his direction, the University Singers at the University of Nebraska quickly emerged as one of the "finest choral ensembles in the Midwest." His publications are found at Hope Music, Colla Voce, Concordia Publishing House, Kimmel Publishing, and Santa Barbara Music Publishers. However, his greatest role of all is that of husband to Teresa and father of their four sons: Ben, Bryant (both choral music education majors), Brady, and Brantley.