Grant Knox
  • Assistant Professor of Voice; Director of Lyric Theatre
  • 864.294.3034
  • Daniel Music Building, Room 115

American tenor, Grant Knox is enjoying a varied career in opera, musical theater, concert and recital.  He has appeared with the Cincinnati Opera, Atlanta Opera, Chicago Opera Theater, Chautauqua Opera, Tri-Cities Opera, Ohio Light Opera, Asheville Lyric Opera, Lyric Opera Atlanta, Rochester Lyric Opera, GLOW Lyric Theatre, and with Maestro Lorin Maazel’s Castleton Opera Festival. Equally at home in concert repertoire, Knox has been engaged by the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, Illinois Philharmonic, Greenville Symphony Orchestra/Chorale, Cobb Symphony, Peninsula Music Festival, Bach Ensemble of Cincinnati, Rochester Oratorio Society and in recital at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. 

As a proponent of new American music, Knox has worked with composers Libby Larsen, John Musto, Jake Heggie, Nico Muhly and William Bolcom. He was chosen as one of six singers to participate in the pilot season of the Fall Island Vocal Arts Festival, celebrating song repertoire in English and led by American mezzo-soprano Stephanie Blythe. Knox sang the world premiere performances of Nico Muhly’s The Unknown Room, Three Songs for Tenor and Violin, with the Constella Festival of Music in Cincinnati. Recent engagements include the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and a concert version of Samson et Dalila, also with the ASO, under the baton of music director Robert Spano. In August he appeared as Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni with the Peninsula Music Festival. This fall, Knox will sing the tenor solos in Carmina Burana with the Greenville Symphony and Chorale and Elijah with the Rochester Oratorio Society and Rochester Philharmonic. This past spring, Knox collaborated with celebrated pianist Martin Katz for multiple performances of Janáček’s rarely heard song cycle The Diary of One Who Vanished. 

As a recording artist, he can be heard on the complete cast recordings of Gilbert and Sullivan’s The Grand Duke and The Sorcerer, Offenbach’s The Brigands, Romberg’s Maytime, and Kalman’s The Carnival Fairy, all released on the Albany Records label. Dr. Knox is a graduate of the Eastman School of Music (BM, MM) and Northwestern University’s Bienen School of Music (DM). Dr. Knox serves as Artist/Teacher of Voice and Director of Opera/Lyric Theatre at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina. Before coming to Furman, Knox held the Neyer Family Endowed Professorship in Music at Northern Kentucky University.

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Opera Performance Studies

Vocal interpretation and characterization of operatic roles, moving to music, understanding theater skills and conventions, preparation and performance of opera scenes.


Vocal Pedagogy

The science and application of vocal techniques for the teaching of singing.

During your undergraduate vocal training, you will begin to learn who you are as an artist. You will refine your vocal technique so that you are free to better express the meaning of the music and text. I am interested in finding each singer’s unique sound so that it may be developed to the fullest. Isn’t it wonderful that no two singers sound the same?

Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music
The Eastman School of Music
The Eastman School of Music
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Peyton Hibbitt
Tri-Cities Opera
Sunny Joy Langton
Northwestern University
Robert Swensen
Eastman School of Music
John Maloy
Eastman School of Music
Jay Lesenger (Opera)
Northwestern University
Steven Daigle (Opera)
Eastman School of Music

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