Dr. Brian Michael Manternach portrait
  • Assistant Professor (Clinical), Theatre Department
  • Research Associate, National Center for Voice and Speech


  • Bachelor of Arts, Music, Voice Performance, St. John's University/College of St. Benedict, Minnesota
  • Master of Music, Voice Performance, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
  • Doctor of Music, Voice Performance & Literature, Indiana University Jacobs School of Music


Dr. Brian Manternach’s voice students are actively pursuing performance careers from New York to Los Angeles and abroad. They have been cast in national and international Broadway tours as well as in regional Equity theatres, cruise lines, and in amusement parks. They have earned top honors in vocal competitions at the local, regional, national, and international level. 

As a teacher and scholar, Dr. Manternach was the recipient of the 2016 Voice Pedagogy Award from the National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Foundation. He has presented original research on music theater singing for the Pan-American Vocology Association, the Voice Foundation, the Voice and Speech Trainers Association, and the NATS National Conference. He has also given lectures and workshops for NATS national, regional, district, and chapter conferences, the National Center for Voice and Speech, the University of Utah Voice Disorders Center, the Utah Theatre Association, the Idaho State Thespian Festival, and TEDxSaltLakeCity. He has served NATS as Chapter President and District Governor and PAVA as Western Governor and a member of the Board of Directors. 

As an author, he is an Associate Editor of the Journal of Singing, writing and editing “The Independent Teacher” column, and he is a regular columnist for Classical Singer magazine. Additionally, his research and articles have been published in the Journal of Voice, Voice and Speech Review, VOICEPrints, NATS Inter Nos, College Music Symposium, and the Music Theatre Educators’ Alliance Journal. He is also a contributing author to the book The Voice Teacher’s Cookbook

As a performer, Dr. Manternach’s staged roles range from Tamino in The Magic Flute to Eisenstein in Die Fledermaus to Miles Gloriosus in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum. He made his European operatic debut as Belmonte in Die Entführung aus dem Serail in St. Anton, Austria. For two seasons he served as apprentice-artist at the Skylight Opera Theatre (WI) and has made solo appearances with the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra, Cleveland Chamber Symphony, Notre Dame Chorale and Chamber Orchestra, and Sinfonia Salt Lake, among others.

Dr. Manternach is a frequent music director and orchestra conductor for stage productions throughout the Salt Lake Valley, including Aida, Annie, Anything Goes, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Crazy for You, Drowsy Chaperone, Footloose, 42nd Street, Funny Girl, Peter Pan, Once Upon a Mattress, Shrek the Musical, South Pacific, Thoroughly Modern Millie, and West Side Story. 

He has taught at every level from middle school through graduate school and is currently an Assistant Professor (Clinical) in the University of Utah’s Department of Theatre and a Research Associate for the National Center for Voice and Speech. He previously taught studio voice at the University of Notre Dame and Indiana University South Bend and he has seven years of experience as a high school teacher, directing choirs, teaching AP Music Theory, and music directing school musicals. 

A native of Iowa, Dr. Manternach earned a B.A. in music from St. John’s University/College of St. Benedict in Minnesota, a Master of Music in vocal performance from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, and a Doctor of Music degree in Voice Performance and Literature from the Indiana University Jacobs School of Music. He has completed all three levels of Contemporary Commercial Music training from the CCM Vocal Pedagogy Institute at the Shenandoah Conservatory in Virginia and completed coursework at the Summer Vocology Institute to become an NCVS-trained Vocologist.