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Grant Wenaus

Music: Assistant Professor of Music / Vocal Coach & Conductor

Grant Wenaus

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Grant Wenaus, born in Regina, Canada, joined the Department of Music at the Steinhardt School at New York University in 2001 and has conducted NYU productions including Floyd Collins, Street Scene, The Boys From Syracuse, Bloomer Girl, Orpheus in the Underworld, The Merry Widow, Ragtime, City of Angels and The Light in the Piazza. Appointed as the Director of Collaborative Piano in 2010, several of his collaborative students have gone on to careers as répétiteurs and conductors in opera houses around the country and as Broadway pianists and music directors. Equally comfortable with classical and musical theatre repertoire, Dr. Wenaus was a conductor for the University of Michigan Musical Theatre Program for three years (Side Show, Cabaret, Candide, Of Thee I Sing, A Little Night Music and Anything Goes) and the music director for the Interlochen Arts Camp and MPulse All-State Music Theatre Programs for seven summers.

Dr. Wenaus is a Principal Coach and Assistant Conductor at the Glimmerglass Festival working on productions such as Kiss Me Kate, The Music Man (with Elizabeth Futral and Dwayne Croft), Camelot (starring Nathan Gunn and David Pittsinger), Sweeney Todd (Greer Grimsley and Luretta Bybee) and Candide (directed by Francesa Zambello). He will return in the summer to 2017 to work on Oklahoma with conductor James Lowe. At Glimmerglass he has also performed several recitals with Metropolitan Opera stars such as Jay Hunter Morris, Anthony Roth Costanzo, Ryan McKinney, Peter Volpe, Marietta Simpson, and members of Young American Artist program. Additionally, he creates an annual revue of music for the National Baseball Hall of Fame featuring music from their immense archive, performed at the Hall of Fame and at the Glimmerglass Festival.

He performs with the acclaimed vocal trio, The Mirror Visions Ensemble, accompanying a variety of newly commissioned and standard classical vocal works. Concerts in the 2016-2017 season take the ensemble to Paris, Seattle, and New York venues including the Sheen Center. In New York, Dr. Wenaus is the primary pianist for the New Voices Collective, a concert series for Broadway composers and performers at Symphony Space, where he works with such luminaries as John Kander, Jason Robert Brown, Andrew Lippa, Laura Osnes, Kate Baldwin, Santino Fontana, Victoria Clark, Kate Baldwin, Rebecca Luker, Lauren Kennedy and Brian D'Arcy James. This past season he will performed in three concerts at Symphony Space: Broadway Premieres, The King & I - from Book to Stage to Film and Wall-to-Wall Stephen Schwartz, working alongside the great Marni Nixon and accompanying Carolee Carmello. This year he was thrilled to premiere the works of several new Broadway composers in "After Anatevka" (a sequel to Fiddler on the Roof). He has also performed at venues such as 54 Below, The Metropolitan Room and Steinway Hall.

He has been on staff as a vocal coach and collaborative pianist for the Florence Voice Seminar, a summer opera program in Italy, alongside Benita Valente and Sally Wolf, and the UpNorth Vocal Institute, an opera "boot-camp" in northern Michigan.
Very dedicated to art song, he maintains an active recital and masterclass schedule. With director, Michael Rau, he conceived and performed in a seven-character staged version of Hugo Wolf's Italienisches Liederbuch and a similar production with 56 Brahms songs. Wenaus and Rau also worked together to stage such works as Bach's Coffee Cantata and Pauline Viardot's Cendrillon (with a new English version by Martha Collins, commissioned by NYU).

As a pianist, his work is eclectic: he was the head of music for the Toledo Opera Outreach and Education program, played keyboards in the Broadway touring production of Grease!, and performed aboard the Italian Costa Riviera Cruise Liner. A highlight of his performing career was playing alongside Martin Katz at Carnegie Hall with such singers as Sylvia McNair and Sanford Sylvan in a tribute to Isaac Stern. He also worked for two summers as an opera repetiteur for Seiji Ozawa at the Tanglewood Music Festival, participating in the 50th Anniversary of the American Premiere production of Peter Grimes. The recipient of the Sir Ernest MacMillan Canadian National Endowment for Piano Accompanying, he also freelanced in Toronto for several years, working for the Canadian Opera Company, Tapestry New Opera Works, Opera Ontario and The University of Toronto. Dr. Wenaus is a former student of Martin Katz, Menahem Pressler and William Moore (student of famed teachers Rosina Lhevinne and Cecile Genhart).

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