Gregory Jon Geehern, D.Mus., is a young conductor acclaimed for using creativity and innovation to bring choral music to a new generation of audiences. A multi-talented choral conductor, pianist, baritone/tenor and scholar, Dr. Geehern has been called a “gifted new presence” for his work with full choirs, opera choruses and chamber ensembles in repertoire from the Middle Ages to the present day.
He is a founding artist of Kosmologia. He served as co-conductor and tenor for the ensemble’s recent interdisciplinary portrait concert of music of Pulitzer Prizer winner Shulamit Ran, as a tenor for presentations of Steve Reich’s Proverb with Third Coast Percussion, and in works by Mario Lavista and Tomás Luis de Victoria at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Dr. Geehern is also the year-round assistant to the artistic director of The Princeton Festival, (The Princeton Festival was again this year named “Favorite Opera Company” in the 7th Annual JerseyArts.com People’s Choice ballot). For the Festival, he has served as assistant conductor and chorus master of Richard Wagner’s Der fliegende Holländer, and assistant conductor of George Gershwin’s Porgy & Bess and Mozart’s Le nozze di Figaro. He is currently a member of the artistic team preparing the Festival’s 2016 production of Benjamin Britten’s Peter Grimes. The critics have taken notice. The New York Times and other publications praised Dr. Geehern’s work on Der fliegende Holländer. The magazine Out in Jersey wrote: “A glorious 40-member chorus under the direction of Gregory Geehern, looked, acted and sang with a style that would have done justice to the stage of any major house.”
Dr. Geehern maintains a successful professional performance career in both choral music and opera, where he is in constant demand as a singer, associate conductor, and collaborative pianist. He recently performed in New York at The Pocket Opera and the American Composers Alliance’s celebration of composer John Eaton, that included his masterful Mass II for solo singers, clarinet, piano and percussion. He also performed as a tenor with Ensemble Lipzodes at the Festival Internacional de Música Sacra in Quito, Ecuador. Dr. Geehern also serves as the assistant director of the Bloomington (Indiana) Chamber Singers, where he is currently helping to prepare performances of the Mozart Requiem and the complete motets of J.S. Bach.
Dr. Geehern holds a doctorate in choral conducting from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music and a master’s degree in choral conducting from New England Conservatory of Music in Boston. He conducts the Indiana University Undergraduate Opera Workshop with the renowned soprano Sylvia McNair; is the former assistant director of the Pro Arte Singers and Contemporary Vocal Ensemble, and served as associate chorus master for the university’s Opera Theater production of Gioachino Rossini’s Il barbiere di Siviglia. The Herald-Times of Bloomington wrote of a performance he conducted: “On Saturday evening in Recital Hall, the Pro Arte Singers featured compositions of J.S. Bach’s son, Carl Philipp Emanuel, and Haydn. Geehern has been impressive on previous occasions, and he certainly was so once again.”
Dr. Geehern’s musical training has also included studies as a choral-conducting apprentice at the Berkshire Choral Festival in Sheffield, Massachusetts; a piano-performance student at the Boston University Tanglewood Institute in Lenox; and a student at the Eastman School of Music Summer Choral Institute.
Dr. Geehern has studied or worked with a range of distinguished performers who reflect his own diverse musical interests – Sir David Willcocks, John Eaton, Richard Marlow, Lorna Cooke deVaron, Grant Gershon, David Hayes, Craig Jessop, Kent Tritle, Sylvia McNair, William Jon Gray, Richard Tang Yuk, Ann Howard Jones, John Poole, Robert Porco, Carmen Helena Téllez, John Nelson, Dale Warland, Vance George, María Guinand (Schola Cantorum de Venezuela), James David Christie and Osvaldo Golijov.