Wednesday, May 29, 2019 at 1:30pm to 3:30pm
The UCSB Department of Music will present a Guest Artist Masterclass led by accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, composer, and conductor John Greer on Wednesday, May 29, 2019 from 1:30-3:30 pm in Karl Geiringer Hall in the Music Building. Students from the UCSB Voice Program will perform.
About the Artist
John Greer is an active accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, composer and conductor and is heard in these capacities throughout Canada and abroad, in recital and on various CBC broadcasts. He is an honoured music graduate of both the University of Manitoba where he studied piano and composition with Boyd McDonald and of the University of Southern California where he was a student of pianists Gwendolyn Koldofsky and Brooks Smith and harpsichordist Malcolm Hamilton. As a faculty member of the University of Toronto opera division Mr. Greer made his conducting debut in 1983. He has conducted numerous operas there including The Marriage of Figaro, Gianni Schicchi, Tschaikowsky’s Iolanta and Massenet’s Le Portrait de Manon, as well as works for Victoria’s Opera Piccola, Ottawa’s Opera Lyra, The Banff School of Fine Arts, the Toronto Gilbert & Sullivan Society and Mirvish Productions. He has worked on numerous productions with Opera (Hamilton) Ontario and the Canadian Opera Company where he was chorus master for their 1989 productions of Un Ballo in Maschera and Il Barbiere di Siviglia and assistant conductor for their 1990 production of Suor Angelica. Mr. Greer has just spent five years as Music Director of the Eastman Opera Theatre in Rochester, New York where conducting credits include Le Nozze di Figaro, Candide, Albert Herring, Patience and The Turn of the Screw and two years as Music Director of the Opera Studio at the University of Maryland in the fall of 2001. From 2003-10 he was Director and Chair of Opera Studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston and made his conducting debut there with The Magic Flute. Other NEC conducting credits include Massenet’s Cendrillon and Britten’s The Turn of the Screw. For ten seasons his summers were occupied with his duties as General Manager and Head of Music Staff for the Janiec Opera Workshop at the Brevard Music Center in North Carolina where his conducting credits include A Little Night Music, La Cenerentola, The Mikado, Naughty Marietta, The Gondoliers, Brigadoon and the world premier of David Liptak’s chamber opera The Moon-Singer. Mr. Greer has also been on the music staff of Glimmerglass and Chautauqua Opera companies and served as Head Vocal Coach for the University of Kentucky voice and opera in Lexington, KY 2012-15. Mr. Greer’s compositions include twelve song cycles written for Canadian singers such as Catherine Robbin, Kevin McMillan, Mark Dubois, Tracy Dahl, Monica Whicher, and Adrianne Pieczonka and numerous works based on Canadian folk song. He has written two operas for the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus, The Snow Queen based on the Hans Christian Anderson tale with a libretto by Jeremy James Taylor of Britain’s National Youth Music Theatre, and an adaptation of Oscar Wilde’s fairy tale The Star-Child with librettist Ned Dickens and a revision and orchestration of the 1889 Canadian operetta Leo the Royal Cadet by O. F. Telgmann, commissioned by Toronto Operetta Theatre.
Photo by Gene Wu