A Brief History

I have enjoyed a relatively successful career as a professional pianist, vocalist, director, producer and educator.

I taught upper school music at All Saints’ Episcopal School in Fort Worth from 2007-2010. Prior to that I was the full time director of Fine Arts at Aledo United Methodist Church where, in addition to providing direction and coordination for 5 weekly ensembles, I also produced 5 full scale musical theatre productions and one CD release.

I have developed a professional working relationship with Tony Award winner Betty Buckley and am honored to have served as her rehearsal pianist here in Texas. I have prepared her for several concerts and also accompanied her in a preview concert last Spring at the Modern in Fort Worth.

I am the staff accompanist for the Texas Christian University Vocal Jazz Ensemble under the direction of Allison Ward. I conducted a 16 piece orchestra for TCU’s production of Leonard Bernstein’s On the Town in 2004. I played for the national tour of Mamma Mia and have conducted and/or provided musical direction for over 40 professional musical productions in local Equity stages.

I am currently on staff at University of North Texas as accompanist for associate professor Marjorie Hayes’ musical theatre class. Ms. Hayes often grants me the honor of teaching UNT theatre majors practical music theory concepts and sharing my experience as a musical director. I have also served as an adjunct faculty member at Tarrant County College and as staff accompanist for the Texas Wesleyan Singers.

My history as a vocalist began with an exceptionally successful high school program at Judson High School under the direction of Mike Mitchell. Our choir sang as the TMEA honor choir in 1992. I made the All State chorus the following year as a Bass II.
I first attended college at the University of Texas in Austin to work with Craig Hella Johnson. He selected me to join him in one of the first performances of “Christmas at the Carillon” (1995) in a group that later evolved to become Conspirare.

I moved to Fort Worth the following year to study at Texas Wesleyan with Tim Ishii (UNT one o’clock alum) and Jeff Walters. At one point I had the distinction of being enrolled in 8 ensembles in a single semester. I learned a ton about performing and I would not trade it for anything. However, I did not make much progress towards obtaining my degree. I rapidly became overwhelmed by professional opportunities and my studies yielded to these opportunities to support my now growing family.

I am now returning to school to finish what I started seventeen years ago. I am currently finishing out my core requirements at Weatherford College, so that I may transfer to a school of music in the Fall of 2011 with the hopes of graduating in Spring 2012 and continuing right into graduate work.

TCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble: A sneak listen to their upcoming concert

The Texas Christian University Vocal Jazz Ensemble will perform a free recital, Sunday, April 11 at 7;30PM in TCU’s PepsiCo Recital Hall

The TCU Vocal Jazz Ensemble Rehearses

I recently made a recording of the group in rehearsal and it’s really fun to listen to.  The first one is absolutely, hands down my favorite song ever.  If you like vocal jazz – consider coming to the concert – April 11th.  I’ll be at the piano.

Here’s the audio:

And So It Goes[audio:http://hansgrim.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/And-So-It-Goes.mp3|titles=And So It Goes]

She Goes Shopping for Gucci[audio:http://hansgrim.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/She-Goes-Shopping-for-Gucci.mp3|titles=She Goes Shopping for Gucci]

Slap That Bass[audio:http://hansgrim.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/03/Slap-That-Bass.mp3|titles=Slap That Bass]

Allison Whetsel Ward - Directs

I have been incrediblly and unabashedly envious of Allison Whetsel Ward’s Vocal Jazz Singers.  What a talented bunch of singers.  It has been a real highlight and honor to work with them this year.

Texas Christian University Vocal Jazz Ensemble Fall Concert 2009

Here are some audio clips from my recent concert with the Texas Christian University Vocal Jazz Ensemble with special guests from the All Saints’ Episcopal School Choir.

Gimmie, Gimmie – McKinna Daugherty[audio:http://hansgrim.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/12-Gimmie-Gimmie.mp3|titles=Gimmie, Gimmie]

Someone To Watch Over Me – Kristie Reece Larson[audio:http://hansgrim.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/03-Someone-to-Watch-Over-Me.mp3|titles=Someone to Watch Over Me]

Dream[audio:http://hansgrim.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/06-Dream.mp3|titles=Dream]

Fever[audio:http://hansgrim.com/wp-content/uploads/2009/12/04-Fever.mp3|titles=Fever]

Don’t Stop Believin’ (with the All Saints’ Episcopal School choir and Daniel Koss on guitar)[audio:http://hansgrim.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/14-Dont-Stop-Believin.mp3|titles=Don’t Stop Believin’]