Conductor, Pianist and Organist Shawn Grenke is Director of Music at Eglinton St. George’s United Church in Toronto, Collaborative Pianist to the Elmer Iseler Singers of Toronto, and Artistic Director and Conductor of the 80-voice Achill Choral Society in Orangeville, Ontario.
Shawn Grenke, piano/organ
Shawn began his musical training as a chorister and pianist with the Hastings County Board of Education Concert Choir under the Direction of Rudolf Heijdens in his hometown of Belleville, Ontario.
He was awarded the Bachelor of Music degree from Mount Allison University (New Brunswick), and the Master of Music degree from the University of Toronto. Shawn has appeared in concerts in Poland and South Korea, at the ‘Let the Future Sing’ Choral Festival in Sweden and the ‘Xinghai Choral Competition’ in China, as well as the ‘Le Mondial Choral Loto-Québec World Choral Competition’ in Laval, Québec, Roy Thomson Hall (Toronto), Winspear Centre, (Edmonton), CBC Radio, and other festivals, concert series and recitals throughout Canada, the United States and Europe.
Shawn is currently in his second year of the Doctor of Music Degree Program in Choral Conducting at the University of Alberta, where he studies with Dr. Timothy Shantz. This year, Shawn was very honoured to be awarded the Alberta Graduate Excellence Scholarship Award, the Opera Edmonton Assistantship Award and the Centennial Bursary Fund Award. While in Alberta, Shawn has also been the artist in residence at St. George’s Anglican Church and has held a teaching assistant position with the University of Alberta’s Opera Program under the direction of Shannon Hiebert.