Vocal Coach – Opera
John Greer is an active accompanist, vocal coach, arranger, composer and conductor and has been 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 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 musical duties have included chorus master and assistant conductor. Mr. Greer was Music Director of the Eastman Opera Theatre in Rochester, New York for five years and for two years was Music Director of the Opera Studio at the University of Maryland. From 2003-10 he was Director and Chair of Opera Studies at the New England Conservatory in Boston and worked as Head Vocal Coach for the University of Kentucky voice and opera in Lexington, KY for three years. 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. Mr. Greer has also been on the music staff of Glimmerglass and Chautauqua Opera companies.
Mr. Greer’s compositions include ten song cycles and numerous works based on Canadian folk song. He has written two operas for the Canadian Children’s Opera Chorus and a revision and orchestration of the 1889 Canadian operetta Leo the Royal Cadet by O. F. Telgmann, commissioned by Toronto Operetta Theatre.