Headshot Faculty Stephen Griner

Stephen M. Griner, MM

Piano Instructor
Collaborative Pianist
864.977.2196
stephen.griner@ngu.edu
Unit: Music
Location: Tigerville, SC

“Beautiful music is the art of the prophets that can calm the agitations of the soul; it is one of the most magnificent and delightful presents God has given us.” --M. Luther
  • Teaching & Education

    You will learn with me when taking courses in Piano.

    Degrees

    • B.S. Music Education, Bob Jones University
    • M.M. Piano Performance, Bob Jones University
    • Postgraduate Study in Performance and Pedagogy, Marta Mihich
  • Professional Experience

    My experience includes thirty-four years of private instruction experience and serving as music theater conductor for eleven years, in music theatre performance for nine years, and as church music director for 23 years.

  • Articles Published

    Sacred solo works:

    • “Take the world, but give me Jesus.” Pub. by C & L Enterprises
    • “O Love that wilt not let me go.” Pub. by Pinner Publications

    String solo arrangement:

    • “Holy, Holy, Holy.” Pub. By Pinner Publications

    Brass arrangement:

    • “Jesus, what a friend for sinners.” Pub. by Jantz Music Publications
  • My Network

    I will gladly involve you in my circle that includes:

    • Phil Elkins, Director of Operations and Orchestra Personnel, Greenville Symphony
    • Debbie Bell, Executive director, South Carolina Childrens’ Theatre
    • Susan Messer, interim music director, First Presbyterian Church Greenville
  • My Story

    Music has been part of my life for as long as I can remember. My father taught my three brothers and me to sing together from a very young age. I have been playing the piano since getting a toy piano at four years of age. I started formal lessons when I was nine and began playing for church when I was ten. I have been a part of the church music scene ever since. In high school, I knew that I wanted to play in church for a living and teach piano privately. While in college, I had a job as a collaborative pianist. I really enjoyed working with soloists and ensembles. Fast forward through many providential twists and turns on life’s journey, I found out about a collaborative pianist position at NGU six years ago. I never thought that God would lead me here, but He has, and I am so grateful for the opportunity to help future professional musicians develop their skills for the glory of God and the enjoyment of their neighbor.

    Favorite Course to Teach:

    Piano. I love to share the joy of playing this wonderful instrument.

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