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Eric Grigg joined the UCO School of Music as a full-time staff accompanist in August 2014 after spending fourteen years as the full-time staff accompanist at Oklahoma Christian University. His duties are concentrated in the School of Music’s Vocal Arts division, where he accompanies lessons, coaches singers (classical and musical theatre), plays for assorted musical theatre classes, music directs the Opera Workshop class each fall, and serves as music director for the Jazz Lab musical each spring (past shows have included Cabaret, Saturday Night Fever, Six Women With Brain Death, and Merrily We Roll Along). He has presented several concerts in UCO’s Faculty Artist Concert Series, reflecting his interests in jazz and American music (past subjects have included Dave Brubeck, Thelonious Monk, and Leonard Bernstein). He also has a particular esteem for Poulenc, Turina, Kurt Weill, and the band XTC, amongst countless others.
Grigg’s professional credits include over fifty productions with Lyric Theatre of Oklahoma, where he works as an associate music director and pit keyboardist each summer. He’s also a frequent performer on Pops concerts with the Oklahoma City Philharmonic, where he has played for Broadway stars Kristin Chenoweth and Kelli O’Hara, and has also been a featured soloist on George Gershwin’s Variations On “I Got Rhythm” for piano and orchestra.
Outside of Oklahoma, Grigg has worked as a pianist/coach with the Musiktheatre Bavaria program in Oberaudorf, Germany (founded by his mentor, the late Richard Owens), as well as a pianist/coach at the Songfest art song workshop in Malibu, California. He also has a number of performing and music directing credits in Orlando, Florida, where he lived before moving to Oklahoma in 2000.
He is happily married to his wife Hayley, who is an adjunct professor of music history, research and vocal literature at UCO. He’s also a big fan of vegan food and classic movies from the 1930s to the early 60s. (If you asked him today, he’d say his all-time favorite movie is Night Of The Hunter.)
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