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GRANT FARMER

Bio

As a life long musician, Grant has dedicated himself to producing music of high quality, excellent presentation, and widespread meaningful connection. Grant has been a part of leading musicians to surpass their individual potential through the choral arts for the better part of a decade. Choral music offers a unique opportunity to use an extremely personal instrument in a manner which can communicate on a personal level, but it is an art which requires the work and commitment of many, making it a communal experience. 

Grant began teaching high school choral music in Tennessee at Wilson Central High School (WCHS), conducting multiple scholastic ensembles and various volunteer groups. His ensemble were regularly rated among the highest in the region and state adjudication festivals, as well as many competitive engagements. The WCHS Chamber Choir, an auditioned 40 voice SATB ensemble, was selected in 2013 to perform at the TNMEA State Conference and in 2015 the TNACDA State Conference.


Grant is currently an associate instructor of the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, while in pursuit of is D.M. in Choral Conducting and minor in Vocology.  He has been an associate conductor for the Oratorio Chorus since 2017 in coordination with Dr. Betsy Burleigh and Dr. Dominick DiOrio. Working with this large ensemble, Grant has helped prepare works such as Pendercki's St. Luke Passion, Britten's War Requiem, and Brahms' Schicksalslied.

Beginning in 2017, Grant has been the assistant conductor for the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic Chorus. This ensemble is a semi-professional community chorus that performs a variety of works with a large orchestra. Grant has assisted in preparing the ensemble for works such as Handel's Messiah, Brahms' Triumphlied, Duruflé's Requiem, and various octavos. He has been a strong leader in voice development and sound building for the organization.

Since 2018, Grant has been the music director of the First Presbyterian Church of Bloomington, IN. There he works with an active music department in coordination with organist, Dr. Chris Young, to provide meaningful experience for both choristers and congregants. Some of the major works performed by this ensemble include Handel's Messiah, Bach Cantata 106 "Gottes Zeit ist die allerbeste Zeit,"and Vivaldi's Magnificat.

As a performer, Grant has maintained an active presence throughout his career including a role in Eugene Onegin (Captain) at the 2017 Spoleto Festival U.S.A. He maintains active solo engagements with the Columbus Indiana Philharmonic, and he has also performed as a soloist throughout the Middle Tennessee area including Music City Baroque Ensemble, St. George Episcopal Church, Downtown Presbyterian Church, Middle Tennessee State University, Sewanee University, Tennessee State University. He has also been an active member of several ensembles including the Westminster Choir, Westminster Kantorei Choir, Philadelphia Symphonic Chorus, Music City Baroque, and Nashville Chamber Singers.

Grant is currently pursuing his D.M. in Choral Conducting with a minor in Vocology at the Jacobs School of Music, Indiana University, under the tutelage of Dr. Betsy Burleigh, Dr. Dominick DiOrio, Prof. Walter Huff, and Dr. Brian Gill. He received his masters of music in choral conducting at the Westminster Choir College under the tutelage of Dr. Joe Miller and Dr. Amanda Quist.Grant received his undergraduate in vocal music education from Middle Tennessee State University under the tutelage of Dr. Raphael Bundage, Dr. Jamila McWhirter, Dr. Nancy Boone-Allsbrook, and Dr. Christine Isley-Farmer.