B i o g r a p h y
Admired by Opera News as “a superb singing actor with a clear, ringing instrument and peerless diction,” tenor Bryon Grohman has received international recognition for his performances of opera, oratorio, and ensemble repertoire. A multi-talented musician, Grohman has been praised for bringing a dynamic depth of knowledge, artistry, and imagination to his diverse work as a singer, conductor, and voice teacher. He is committed to taking on the challenges of creating classical music in the 21st century, emphasizing outstanding musicianship, pedagogically-informed voice training, and innovative programming. His chief artistic aim is to preserve and share the best of Western musical heritage through engaging, historically informed music-making, while looking to the future through the championing of new music.
Grohman launched his career singing the role of Rinuccio in Puccini’s Gianni Schicchi as a Tanglewood Music Center Vocal Fellow. At the request of conductor Seiji Ozawa, he returned to Tanglewood to perform Fenton in Verdi’s Falstaff (2000). Soon after, he made his Boston Symphony Orchestra debut in Oliver Knussen’s Where the Wild things Are with the composer conducting. Grohman has since performed as a soloist under an impressive list of celebrated conductors and stage directors, including Michael Tilson Thomas, Robert Spano, Jane Glover, Stephan Lord, George Manahan, Ton Koopman, Stewart Robertson, Diane Paulus and Colin Graham.
Grohman’s operatic performances have been lauded by Opera Japonica for their “sharply defined” characterizations. He has been a leading performer with Glimmerglass Opera, Chicago Opera Theatre, Opera Theatre of St. Louis, Opera Circle of Cleveland, Opera Boston, Opera Europa, Monte-Carlo, Longwood Opera, and the Indiana University Opera Theatre. Mainstage roles have included Tamino in Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte, Don Ottavio in Don Giovanni, Don Ramiro in Rossini’s La Cenerentola and Don Narciso in Turco in Italia, Spoletta in Puccini’s Tosca, Reverend Parris in The Crucible, Gilbert in Donizetti’s Lucie de Lammermoor, Joe in Puccini’s La Fanciulla del West, Pastore in Monteverdi’s L’Orfeo, and the title role in Rameau’s Pygmalion. An advocate of contemporary vocal music, Grohman received high praise for his cover of John Bocconion in Sir Richard Rodney Bennett’s The Mines of Sulphur with Glimmerglass Opera (2004), and later premiered the role of Nicholas in Death and the Powers by composer Tod Machover previewed in Monte-Carlo as a part of Opera Europa (2005.) Grohman has been a featured soloists in gala concerts for the Palm Beach Opera season and the Miami Choral Academy.
A highly sought after oratorio soloist, Grohman is an equally effective interpreter on the concert stage. His 2011 portrayal of the Evangelist in Bach’s Johannes Passion with award-winning ensemble Seraphic Fire garnered noteworthy praise from The South Florida Classical Review: “Grohman’s finely nuanced lyric tenor and subtle word-painting conveyed the action without melodramatic exaggeration.” The Palm Beach Arts Paper further asserted: “Grohman has a keening tenor sound that is very well-suited for music of the German Baroque.” More recently he sang the role of Dietrich Bonhoeffer in N. Lincoln Hanks' powerful Tegel Passion with the First Prebyterian Church, Columbia, South Carolina. Other significant concert engagements have included Haydn’s Creation with the Florida Orchestra, Schubert’s Mass in E-flat with the New World Symphony, Handel’s Messiah with the Bloomington Early Music Festival, and solos in Mozart’s Requiem, Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, and Britten’s St. Nicholas Mass. Additionally, Grohman has been heard as soloist with the Boston Modern Orchestra, Harvard-Radcliffe Symphony, Marsh Chapel (Boston), Calvin Oratorio Society, Ann Arbor Cantata Singers, Masterworks Chorus of the Palm Beaches, Delray Beach Chorale, and Haagsche Hofmuzieck. In addition to his work as a soloist, he has performed extensively with Seraphic Fire, the Grammy nominated choral ensemble based in Miami.
As an assistant professor and chair of vocal studies at Palm Beach Atlantic University, Grohman has successfully trained young singers in pursuit of careers in classical music and music education. He is a firm believer in singers expanding their performance options by honing flexible technique and developing an adaptive artistic temperament. While grounding his teaching in the Italian bel canto method, Grohman also makes distinctive use of cutting-edge technology within his voice studio. This includes the use of modern recording equipment, Feldenkrais for singers, and resonance/phonation analysis through VoceVista technology. His research interests also include music and cognition as well as arts assessment.
During his tenure at PBA, several of his students have been awarded the esteemed “Outstanding Graduate” accolade by the School of Music and Fine Arts. Students have gone on to sing with the Palm Beach Opera, Disney Cruise Lines, as well as many church and choral organizations. A number of his students have placed as finalists and semi-finalists in NATS competitions, and others currently enjoy careers as music educators. “Success in my voice studio has never meant singing exclusively at that Met; rather, I want students to gain artistic control of their instruments, that they might be life-long learners and lovers of vocal music, and share that music at the highest levels wherever their destiny may take them.” Recently, several of his students were selected to participate in Seraphic Fire’s Professional Choral Institute, the end result being a commercial recording of Brahms’ Requiem. Others have gone on to complete masters' degree programs at prestiguous schools (including Peabody Conservatory and Boston University), later performing with companies such as Asheville Opera and the Boston Early Music Festival.
In addition to his roles as performer and teacher, Grohman also directs a number of ensembles. “I believe conducting is simply an extension of teaching and sharing about music. Ensemble leadership is humbling and keeps me realistic about the primary goal of music-making: exploring what it is to be human and to connect with one another on a very profound level.” His theme-oriented concerts with the Palm Beach Atlantic University Women’s Chorale are well-known for building cultural bridges through the exploration of various musical genres, both Western and non-Western. He has been applauded for thematic “performance journeys” enhanced by an interactive use of concert space and the inclusion of audience education. He also serves the local community by leading a 50-voice chorus of retirees at the Quail Ridge Country Club in Boynton Beach, Florida.
A native of Hazleton, Pennsylvania, Grohman received his baccalaureate and master’s degrees from New England Conservatory of Music, Boston. He was awarded a Doctor of Music degree from Indiana University’s renowned Jacobs School of Music. Outside of music, Grohman and his wife, mezzo-soprano Kristin Brouwer, enjoy life with their daughter’s Anneke (6), Ava (4), Anneliesë (2), and Adeline (newborn). They are members of the Royal Poinciana Chapel Chorale, Palm Beach.