Jon Jeffrey Grier holds a D.M.A. in Composition from the University of South Carolina and since 1988 has been Instructor of Music Theory, Music History, and Composer in Residence at the Greenville Fine Arts Center, where he was voted Teacher of the Year for 1994-95, 2004-05, and 2012-2013. Jon composes frequently for student and faculty performers at the FAC, usually when he should really be grading papers.

Jon was the 2009 winner of the Rapido! Composition Contest sponsored by the Atlanta Chamber Players and in 2004-05 he received a fellowship from the Surdna Foundation. He has received grants and commissions from the South Carolina Arts Commission, the Greenville County Youth Orchestra, the Michigan Music Teachers Association, the American Composers Forum, and the Alliance for Quality Education; his works have been performed by the Kandinsky Trio, the Ceruti Quartet, the Aurelia Trio, the Ritz Chamber Players, Sounds New, Conversant, and the Greenville Symphony, to name a few. Jon has also been a writer/keyboardist with various jazz ensembles in Greenville since 1984. He lives in Greenville with wife Marion and manic mongrels Roxanne and Gracie Jean.

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