Peter Barsch teaches all curricular and co-curricular choirs at Batavia High School. He also serves as Music Director for BHS Drama’s musical every year, including 42nd Street, Mamma Mia!, Cats, RENT, Theory of Relativity, The Spongebob Musical, and more.
Mr. Barsch holds a Master’s Degree in Choral Music Education from Northern Illinois University and two Bachelor’s Degrees from the Honors Program at Loyola University Chicago. Before coming to BHS in 2015, Mr. Barsch spent eleven years as the choir director at Oswego East High School since its founding in 2004. He was a Quarter-Finalist for the Grammy “Music Educator of the Year” Award and has been listed in “Who’s Who among America’s Teachers”.
Mr. Barsch and his wife, Annie, live in Batavia with their three children. An avid reader, he loves history, historical fiction, and sci-fi/fantasy. An active clinician, he has worked with the District 308 Junior High Choral Festival, the Batavia Elementary Choral Festival, and the NCJC Middle School Music Festival, in addition to running sectional rehearsals at the ILMEA All-State and District levels. He also maintains a busy performing schedule, often singing and recording with groups like Cor Cantiamo, the Canterbury Singers, or the choirs at Gary United Methodist Church and Ss. Peter & Paul Catholic Church. He also has experience leading contemporary worship with voice, bass, or piano.