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Jun 5, 2018 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

French Song Master Class with Thomas Grubb

JUNE 5 | 2 PM – 5 PM

French Song Master Class with Thomas Grubb

Hosted by The Art Song Preservation Society of NY and Manhattan School of Music

Thomas Grubb, the author of Singing in French: A Manual of French Diction & French Vocal Repertoire will focus this workshop on the vividly poetic songs of the French vocal repertoire.

Manhattan School of Music
120 Claremont Avenue
Please enter at corner of 122nd St and Broadway, under the red awning



Grubb is the author of SINGING IN FRENCH, A MANUAL OF FRENCH DICTION AND FRENCH VOCAL REPERTOIRE (Schirmer Books/Macmillan, 1979) with a foreword by Pierre Bernac and now distributed by Cengage and Amazon. Mr. Grubb participated in the coaching of all French productions at New York City Opera for more than twenty years. He was also on the coaching staffs of Houston Grand Opera and the Opera Society of Washington, D.C. For three decades, Thomas Grubb was a member of the faculty of The Juilliard School where he gave both classes and coachings in French Vocal Repertoire and French Diction.

From 1984 until May of 2007 he taught Advanced Vocal Performance and French Diction at the Peabody Conservatory of Music in Baltimore. Previously he served on the faculties of Manhattan School of Music (1964-1985), The Curtis Institute of Music (1970-1977) and the Academy of Vocal Arts (1977-1983), both in Philadelphia, as well as at New York University in the early 1970s.

From 1970 until 1977, Thomas Grubb assisted the renowned maitre of French song, Pierre Bernac, in his master classes throughout the United States, Canada and France as both pianist and coach. Mr. Bernac eventually became his primary mentor and the inspiration for his specialization in French Vocal Repertoire. In addition, Pierre Bernac generously monitored the writing and editing of Mr. Grubb’s above-mentioned book Among his most influential piano teachers were Magda Tagliaferro, with whom he studied in Paris for three years, as well as Dora Zaslavsky and Artur Balsam with whom he studied at the Manhattan School of Music where he earned his Master of Music degree in Applied Piano in 1966. In 1962, Mr. Grubb received a Master of Arts degree in French Literature from Yale University Graduate School and in 1960 his Bachelor of Arts in French and Piano from the University of Rochester and the Eastman School of Music.

As a performing pianist, Thomas Grubb has appeared in recital with Elly Ameling, Benita Valente, Eleanor Steber, Elizabeth Mannion and Dawn Upshaw, plus numerous others. He also made two North American concert tours with the French trumpet-player, Maurice Andre, as both pianist and translator. Mr. Grubb has recorded for both the Orion and the Lyrachord labels with Carol Kimball, mezzo-soprano, and Gerald Tarack, violinist. Thomas Grubb has given master classes throughout the United States, in France, Germany, Lithuania, Korea and annually in Taiwan from 1991 until 2006. Mr. Grubb has participated as adjudicator for the Metropolitan Opera Council Auditions, the International Voice Competition of Paris, the Fulbright Commission Auditions, the Rockefeller American Music Competition of Carnegie Hall, various NATS competitions and those of the Oratorio Society of New York.

In May, 2002, Mr. Grubb was decorated as Chevalier dans l’ordre des Arts et des Lettres by the French Ministry
of Culture in Paris for his advancement of French culture throughout the world. Presently, Thomas Grubb is working on a second edition of his Singing in French as well as a companion book to Pierre Bernac’s Interpretation of French Song. Mr. Grubb is on the Advisory Board of the Art Song Preservation Society of New York (ASPSY), and he maintains a private studio on the Upper West Side of Manhattan not far from Lincoln Center where he has resided since 1974. Thomas Grubb was born in Bridgehampton, New York and is an American citizen.​