Grey Grant

Lucy and Jacob Frank Fellow


“I grew up in dance classes, theatre classes, children’s choir, singing operas, doing the school plays and musicals, so my experience of music was always in this theatrical, interdisciplinary realm... I still find myself in favor of works where their creators allow themselves into their art, in all of its mess and beauty and vulnerability... This past year, I’ve also found myself in a position of mentorship / a queer-parenthood to some young and budding queer folk, into their truth.”

— Grey Grant

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Grey Grant (they/them/their) is a composer, performer, and poet, whose work frequently involves an interdisciplinary, collaborative effort between themself and other artists. Much of their current work revolves around identity-politics and the environment. Their music: “[Crafts] a work that is moving, evocative and, by the end, exhausting (in the best sense)” and write “demanding music with precision and nuance.” (Michigan Daily)

Grey’s recent work includes an upcoming album with indie-classical band: Front Porch, as well a recently commissioned work by the same band: Death and Rebirth as a White Pine, which was premiered at Threads All Arts Festival 2018 at the Ypsilanti Freighthouse. Their opera: When Trees Must Learn to Walk: for eight voices, percussionist and organ depicts the migration of trees due to climate change, while juxtaposing Michigan's logging history and is slated to be workshopped in the upcoming season alongside creative partner Karl Ronneburg.We Call: A Call to End Gun Violence, was written for the Detroit Women’s Chorus inaugural season.

As a performer, Grey regularly performs as a solo artist and frequently collaborates with chamber ensembles in Michigan and NYC. They have sung in Cantori New York, under the baton of Mark Shapiro. They frequently appear at Paper Kraine’s monthly works-in-progress showcase in NYC, alongside creative partner Karl Ronneburg, the two recently mounted a complete adaptation of Philip Glass and Robert Wilson’s Einstein on the Beach in an Ann Arbor living room, entitled: Einstein in the HOUSE, performed by a full cast and band of volunteer artists. Philip Glass and original choreographer Lucinda Childs reportedly “got a big kick out of it”, and Nico Muhly called it “bonkers insane brilliant”. The work was a love letter to the University of Michigan community it was presented to, as well as proof that new and avant-garde works deemed challenging or inaccessible can be in fact quite the opposite.  

North Carolina born, they currently reside in Michigan. They received their Bachelors of Music with highest honors from the University of Michigan, with a minor in Creative Writing (poetry). Their artistic mentors have included: Stephen Rush, Evan Chambers, Bright Sheng: Leonard Bernstein Distinguished University Professor of Composition, Kristin Kuster, and Keith Taylor (poetry). Grey's music has been featured at Threads All Arts Festival, SHED-X U of M, the North American Saxophone Alliance Region 5 Conference, Bang on a Can Summer Festival, University of Michigan 53rd Conference on Organ Music, and the Midwest Composers Symposium, and has been performed throughout the entirety of the United States. Grey can't stress enough how much they love trees.