College of Communication and the Arts

Eric Graber


Eric Graber, voice instructor, University of ToledoMr. Graber returns to The University of Toledo having appeared with critical acclaim as Tonio in I Pagliacci, Sharpless in Madama Butterfly, Giorgio Germont in La Traviata, Gianni Schicchi, Don Alfonso in Cosi fan tutte, Frank in Die Fledermaus, Daniel Webster in The Devil and Daniel Webster, and the Wolf in the premier of Wallace DePue's The True Story of the Three Little Pigs.

Mr. Graber has performed with the Eugene Opera, Central City Opera, Michigan Opera Theatre, Tulsa Opera, Des Moines Metro Opera, Dayton Opera, Toledo Opera, The Denver and Boulder Symphony Orchestras, and Colorado Opera Troupe. As a concert artist, Mr. Graber has performed as soloist throughout the United States and Europe. Appearances include the Boulder Philharmonic Orchestra, the Aurora Symphony Orchestra, Sacred Heart Basilica in New Jersey, St. George's Choral Society of New York City, the Canterbury Singers of Toledo at Guildford Cathedral, Westminster Abbey, St. Paul’s Cathedral, York Minster, Salisbury Cathedral and Canterbury Cathedral of England.

His solo repertoire ranges from the Mass in G Minor by Vaughan Williams to Les Noces of Stravinsky. Mr. Graber received the Betty Weir Memorial Voice Scholarship and the Lyric Theatre Scholarship at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He has also received the Arts Foundation of Michigan Award, a two-time winner of the Barthelmes Award–Metropolitan Opera Competition, and the Florence O. Wilson Voice Award for "most promising career in opera" at the Stewart National Operatic Competition.

Choral music has also been a large part of Mr. Graber’s training and experience. He has held the position of choir director with several churches in the Toledo and Denver communities, and has performed as soloist/section leader with St. George’s Episcopal Church, Central Synagogue (New York City), and Congregation Emanuel Synagogue (Denver, CO) and others. Mr. Graber also sang with The Seaway Commanders Chorus of Toledo (SPEBSQSA, Inc) and for three years was lead singer of the Steamboat Stowaways quartet which toured throughout the United States and Canada.

Since October of 2010, Mr. Graber has been the Director of the Teutonia Männerchor und Damenchor, Toledo's oldest continually performing choral organization founded in 1897 which promotes German Heritage & Culture. Part of the German American Festival at Oak Shade Grove in Oregon, OH.

Mr. Graber holds a master's degree from The University of Tulsa and a bachelor's degree from The University of Toledo, both in vocal performance and has completed 30+ hours towards his DMA at the University of Colorado-Boulder. At present he maintains a private voice studio in his home in Toledo, and is preparing for upcoming recitals and concert appearances.

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Last Updated: 6/26/15