A native of Dayton, Ohio, 19 year-old organist Grant Wareham began organ studies with Jerry Taylor in 2007. He is a sophomore at Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music, where he studies with Ken Cowan. He holds the William N. Barnard prize in organ, the David and Andrea Hayes grant in organ, both awarded for merit. In addition to his studies at Rice University, he is the inaugural Moseley Memorial Organ Scholar at St Thomas’ Episcopal Church, where he acts as assistant organist, accompanying the choir and playing for choral services and concerts under the direction of Organist & Choir Master, Dr. Giles Brightwell.
Having studied piano since age six, Grant was awarded the National Guild of Piano Teachers (NGPT) High School Diploma in 2014. Having passed the required annual auditions, he has been an International member of the NGPT for six years. The Ohio Federation of Music Clubs named him 2013 Outstanding Junior of the Year. He has also won first prize composition awards at the national and state level with the National Federation of Music Clubs. As a violinist, Wareham was a member of the Dayton Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Member and Concertmaster of the Muse Machine Pit Orchestra. In the Spring of 2015, Grant received first prize in the Grand Rapids Chapter Competition of the Regional Competition for Young Organists, sponsored by the American Guild of Organists.