Tenor John Grau has performed oratorio and opera from baroque to 20th century music. He is an accomplished concert soloist, having performed as the Evangelist in Bach’s St John Passion, the Evangelist in Schütz’s Weihnachtshistorie, the tenor soloist in Mozart’s Requiem, and as the tenor soloist in numerous Handel oratorios.
In June 2013, John sang the tenor solo in the Rachmaninoff Vespers at the Ravina Music Festival with The Singers under the direction of Dr. Matthew Culloton. On the operatic stage, he has recently appeared as Flute in Britten’s A Midsummer Nights Dream, Bardolofo in Falstaff, Dr. Blind in Fledermaus, Ferrando in Cosi fan tutte, The Tenor Priest in The Magic Flute, and Henrik in A Little Night Music. John is also a frequent recitalist. His most recent performances include the tenor premier of the ASCAP Mortorn Gould Young Composer Award for Abbie Betinis’s Nattsanger, and Alec Roth’s Songs In Time Of War in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He is a regular soloist at early music festivals throughout the country, and has presented his research on vocal pedagogy and Handel oratorio arias at major music conferences. In addition to a thriving solo career, he is also on the active rosters for The South Dakota Chorale, and The Minnesota Beethoven Festival Chorus. John has contributed to professional recordings by The Singers (Mid-Winter Songs, 2010, At the River, 2013) and The South Dakota Chorale (In Paradisum, 2011).
John received his BA in biology and music from St. Olaf College, his Masters in vocal performance from Northern Arizona University, and his DMA in vocal performance from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Grau currently serves on the voice faculty at The University of Colorado-Boulder. He has previously taught applied voice at the University of Minnesota, and worked in the opera department at Northern Arizona University. Dr. Grau is a frequent clinician and maintains a thriving private studio.