Grant Farmer has served as conductor and chorus master for a variety of collegiate and semiprofessional choral ensembles across the country, repeatedly recognized for their brilliant sound and inspiring performances. Currently, the Director of Choral Activities at The College of Idaho, Grant conducts multiple choral ensembles and teaches courses in conducting, music education, and choral pedagogy.
Preparing choral ensembles for major works is one of Grant’s great passions. He has prepared works such as Britten’s War Requiem, Brahms’ Schicksalslied, Penderecki’s St. Luke Passion, Bernstein’s Mass, and Handel’s Messiah. Beyond the traditional Canon, Grant has also collaborated in preparing exciting new works like Julia Wolfe’s Anthracite Fields and numerous debuts of smaller octavos by various young composers.
Grant has performed under the baton of several major conductors such as Simon Rattle, Yannick NézetSéguin, Jane Glover, Alan Gilbert, Charles Dutoit, and Franz Welser-Möst. He studied conducting with Joe Miller, Amanda Quist, Betsy Burleigh, Dominick DiOrio, and Walter Huff. Grant is a doctoral candidate at the Jacobs School of Music at Indiana University and holds a master’s degree in choral conducting from Westminster Choir College.