Much in demand both as a collaborator and vocal coach, Deena Grier's work as pianist, recitalist, and music director continues to spread her reputation as a sensitive musician and skilled diction coach. Ms. Grier has been active in Canada and the United States on operatic productions ranging from Handel to Stravinsky, performing with Fraser Lyric Opera Society (Prince George, BC), Opera in the Ozarks (Eureka Springs, AR), as well as Boston Conservatory Opera, Harvard College Opera, and the North End Music & Performing Arts Center in Boston, MA during her graduate studies.
Ms. Grier's return to Winnipeg finds her working extensively in the fields of choral music and opera, premiering Michael McKay’s The Confused Castrato last spring (Little Opera Company), and music directing L’incoronazione di Poppea (Manitoba Underground Opera) surrounded by the stunning architecture of Cathédrale de Saint-Boniface in August 2018.
Ms. Grier has returned as a collaborative pianist for the Winnipeg Boy’s Choir and continues to work with promising young vocal talents within the city in private coachings to hone their craft and advance their studies in both opera and art song. Ms. Grier is especially pleased to resume working with students in the University of Manitoba’s Opera Theatre Ensemble as a vocal coach; almost 15 years ago, this ensemble sparked her interest in opera when Deena was pianist for a scene from Moore’s The Ballad of Baby Doe.