Graham Bier   singer and conductor

photo: Paul Shields

Graham made his Lacock debut as assistant director to Robert Hollingworth in the Corsham Summer School in 2013, and returned with JanJoost van Elburg in July 2014, when the course examined the effect of the Reformation on the different national styles of composition.

Graham Bier began his musical studies at the Duquesne City Music Center in Pittsburgh, continuing his education at Oberlin College and Conservatory of Music, where he earned a BA in 2005. In 2008 he attended the University of York to study ensemble singing with John Potter, and received an MA with distinction in 2009. He is currently pursuing a PhD in musicology at York under the supervision of Jonathan Wainwright.

Graham has studied choral conducting with Joseph Cullen, Adrian Lucas, Zhu Bu Xi, Daniel T Moe, Hugh Ferguson Floyd and Jody Kerchner. As Assistant Director of the academic chamber choir ‘The 24’, he has conducted in London and at the Paxton Festival, in ground-breaking site-specific dramas with Slung Low Theatre in Yorkshire, in 28 concerts across China, and on New Music from Old York, the choir’s first recording with the label Boreas Music. Graham is also musical director of the Soon Amore Chamber Singers and choral conducting scholar with the Huddersfield Choral Society. He recently conducted the University of York Concert Orchestra, and has served as a deputy director with The Ebor Singers and the Manchester Chamber Choir (in a broadcast with the BBC Philharmonic) among others.

Alongside his full-time postgraduate study, Graham has sung professionally with I Fagiolini, Stile Antico, The Ebor Singers and the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists, as well as singing regularly with the choirs of York Minster and Leeds Cathedral. His recording credits include solo work on New Horizons (2009) and Music for the Blessed Virgin (2011) with the Ebor Singers, as well as choral singing on the Yorkshire Baroque Soloists’ Bach St John Passion (2010) and on the forthcoming Stile Antico recording The Phoenix Rising (mid-2013). His own early music vocal consort Les Canards Chantants was recently awarded Vice Chancellor’s Gold Award at the University of York, and is cultivating a growing schedule of performances.

Graham’s particular interests include vocal technique, ensemble singing, and the issues and benefits related to performing from 16th and 17th century ‘original’ editions. His modern editions of renaissance choral works have been used by a number of ensembles, including I Fagiolini for their performance of Viadana’s polychoral psalms at the 2012 BBC Proms.

In August 2013, Graham took up the post of Director of Music at Bryn Athyn Cathedral.