- “My passion in the arts and in life has always been to relate to a variety of cultures and ways of thinking. I have been impacted many times by personal histories and cultural concepts of art in the communities in which I have both lived and worked. Through my teaching methods and creative processes I am always attempting to engage new ways of producing and sharing this passion with others.” – Dr. G.
- Dr. Chris J. Granias received his doctorate in Theory and Composition from the University of Minnesota, a masters in Piano Performance from Northwestern University, and a masters in Composition from Drake University. A native of Chicago, Illinois, “Dr. G.” as he is affectionately known, has been teaching for nearly 40 years and has served on the music faculties of the University of Minnesota, Eastern Illinois University, St. John’s University, Concordia University – St. Paul, The Perpich Center for Arts Education, and the MacPhail Center for Music. Dr. G. has done world music research on behalf of the Jerome Foundation in coordination with the Library of Congress, was a charter member of the American Composers Forum’s Education Committee, and a roster member of the Minnesota State Arts Board.
- St. Paul Piano Teacher’s Association, Board of Directors
- Minnesota Music Teacher’s Association, member
- American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, member
- American Composers Forum, member