Vocal Assistant Professor (Clinical)
Dr. Brian Manternach’s voice students are actively pursuing performance careers from New York to Los Angeles. They have been cast in professional productions in the USA and abroad in national tours, Equity theatres, cruise lines, and in amusement parks and they have earned top honors in vocal competitions at the local, regional, national, and international level.
As a teacher and scholar, Dr. Manternach was the recipient of the 2016 Voice Pedagogy Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Foundation. He has presented original research on music theater singing for the Pan-American Vocology Association (Toronto), the Voice Foundation (Philadelphia), and NATS (Chicago) and given lectures for the National Center for Voice and Speech, the University of Utah Voice Disorders Center, the Utah Theatre Association, the Idaho State Thespian Festival, and TEDxSaltLakeCity. He currently serves as president of the Northern Utah chapter of NATS.
As an author, he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing, writing and editing “The Independent Teacher” column. He also authors “The Singer’s Library” book review column for Classical Singer magazine, has been published in the Journal of Voice and the Music Theatre Educators’ Alliance Journal, and is a contributing author to the book The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook.
As a performer, Dr. Manternach’s staged roles range from Tamino in The Magic Flute to Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus to Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He made his European operatic debut as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in St. Anton, Austria. For two seasons he served as apprentice-artist at the Skylight Opera Theatre (WI) and has made solo appearances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, and the Notre Dame Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, among others.
Dr. Manternach is a frequent music director and orchestra conductor for stage productions throughout the Salt Lake Valley, including Aida, Annie, Anything Goes, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Crazy for You, Drowsy Chaperone, Footloose, 42nd Street, Funny Girl, Peter Pan, Once Upon a Mattress, Shrek the Musical, South Pacific, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and West Side Story.
He has taught at every level from middle school through graduate school and is currently an Assistant Professor (Clinical) in the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre. He previously taught studio voice at the University of Notre Dame and for six years was a teacher at Juan Diego Catholic High School in Utah, where he directed two choirs, taught AP Music Theory, and was the music director for all school musicals.
A native of Iowa, Dr. Manternach earned a B.A. in music from St. John’s University in Minnesota, a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Doctor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has also completed all three levels of Contemporary Commercial Music (CCM) training from the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia.