A native of Helena, Montana, Greg has served as the Resident Music Director for Texas State University’s Department of Theatre and Dance since 2010. Last season, the Austin Critics’ Table named Greg Best Music Director for his work on Texas State University’s productions of Oklahoma and Hair. In addition to his work at Texas State, he has also acted as music director for more than thirty shows in major theaters across the country and is a highly regarded vocal coach and clinician.
An accomplished arranger and orchestrator, Greg has provided original vocal arrangements and orchestrations for Andrew Lippa’s A Little Princess and Zachary Scott Theater’s Porgy and Bess (for which he received a special citation from the Austin Critics’ Table) He has also created original arrangements for Larry Gatlin, Shirley Knight, Marva Hicks and David Jennings.
Greg received his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in music composition from the University of Texas in 2007, and his original compositions have since been performed across the country and around the globe. His piece Fleisher Pass for symphonic winds was premiered in Japan in 2007 and was subsequently included in the sixth volume of Better Teaching Through Performance in Band (GIA Publications). This past summer, Greg completed his second opera, Tango, which will tour the country in the spring of 2013, courtesy of grants from the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Performance Network.