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Roger Grow, Choir Director


 

Carnegie Hall imageRoger Grow is a singer, composer, conductor, and instrumentalist who currently teaches choral and general music at Crossett Brook Middle School in Duxbury, Vermont.

Roger was the Music Director for the Voices Project, the original stage musical that toured Vermont in the Fall of 2005. He was also arranged and wrote the music for the film version of that show, “Shout it Out”, released in 2008.

Roger sang tenor and countertenor, and was Assistant Director with Counterpoint, Vermont's professional chamber chorus directed by Robert DeCormier. Roger also sang with AH! Cappella, the vocal ensemble sponsored by the Vermont Symphony Orchestra that performs concerts for Vermont schools.

Roger can be heard on several recordings on the Arabesque label with Mr. De Cormier, including “The Emperor of Atlantis” and “The Jolly Beggars”, as well as all of the Counterpoint recordings, including “Shalom” which features four arrangements by Roger. He has also recorded Dennis Murphy's “A Perfect Day”, and Bruce Chalmer's “Berakhot” with the Fyre and Lightning Consort.

As a vocal soloist he has performed at Carnegie Hall, singing “Carmina Burana”, “Navidad Nuestra”, “Shout For Joy”, and “Chichester Psalms” with the New York Choral Society, under the baton of John Daly Goodwin and Mr. De Cormier. He has also been a soloist on several occasions with the Vermont Symphony Orchestra at the Flynn Theatre, and with the Dartmouth Symphony at Spaulding Auditorium.

As a composer, he received the commission for the 75th Vermont All-State Chorus Festival. His piece “Atom Spin”, was performed in May 2002 at Burlington's Flynn Theatre. Warner Bros. has published his SATB composition “Short Mass”.

He has played bass, keyboards, and drums for various jazz and rock groups in Central Vermont, and lives in Waterbury with his wife, Cairn.