Associate Professor of Voice; Director of Sarah Reese Lyric Theatre
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, Indianapolis Opera, 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/Philharmonic, Constella Festival, Hendersonville Symphony and in recital at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Upcoming engagements include the tenor solos in Handel’s Messiah with the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra and Chamber Chorus, the tenor solos in Mendelssohn’s Lobgesang with the Peninsula Music Festival, and the tenor solos in Mozart’s Requiem and Bach’s Magnificat with the Greenville Chorale and Symphony.
A proponent of new American music, Knox has collaborated with composers Libby Larsen, John Musto, Jake Heggie, Nico Muhly and William Bolcom. 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. Recently, Knox gave multiple performances of Janáček’s rarely heard song cycle, The Diary of One Who Vanished with celebrated pianist Martin Katz. This past summer, he sang the U.S. premiere of Pavel Haass’ Fata Morgana at the Colburn School in Los Angeles.
As a recording artist, Knox 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 Associate Professor of Voice, Director of Opera, and Vocal Area Coordinator at Furman University in Greenville, South Carolina where he was the 2016/17 recipient of the Alester G. Furman Jr. and Janie Earle Furman award for meritorious teaching. In the summer of 2019, he joined the vocal faculty at SongFest, the United States' premier art song festival and training program held at the Colburn School in downtown Los Angeles. He will return to teach at SongFest in 2020.
- 2016/17 recipient of the Alester G. Furman Jr. and Janie Earle Furman award for meritorious teaching
- Neyer Family Endowed Professorship in Music at Northern Kentucky University
- As a recording artist, Knox 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
- Knox's voice and opera students have gone on to attend the top music schools and conservatories in the country including The Eastman School of Music, College-Conservatory of Music in Cincinnati, Northwestern University's Bienen School of Music, The University of Michigan School of Music, Peabody Conservatory, and New England Conservatory. They are often finalists and winners of national competitions including the National Association of Teachers of Singing (National Student Auditions) and the Classical Singer National Competition.
- D.M., Northwestern University- Bienen School of Music
- M.M., The Eastman School of Music
- B.M., The Eastman School of Music
- Voice with John Maloy, Robert Swensen, Sunny Joy Langton and Peyton Hibbitt
- Opera with Steven Daigle and Jay Lessenger
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.