Vocal Assistant Professor Lecturer
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 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 given lectures for the National Center for Voice and Speech, the University of Utah Voice Disorders Center, the Utah Theatre Association, and the Idaho State Thespian Festival, and he was a featured speaker at 2016 TEDx SaltLakeCity. He currently serves as president of the Northern Utah chapter of NATS and he and his colleague, Lynn Maxfield, Ph.D., have presented research on music theatre vocal acoustics at the 2016 NATS National Conference.
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.
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 on the voice faculty of 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 Institute at Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia.