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

Professional Service

  • National Association of Teachers of Singing. Role: Co-Chair. Sub-Committee, NATS-Recognized, Science-Informed, Voice Pedagogy Curriculum Committee. 11/01/2021 - present
  • Revista de Investigación e Innovación en Ciencias de la Salud (Journal of Research and Innovation in Health Sciences) of Colombia. Role: Peer Reviewer. Peer Reviewer for special vocology edition. 08/01/2021 - 09/01/2021
  • Pan American Vocology Association. Role: Podium and Poster Presentation Abstract Peer Reviewer. 2021 Virtually PAVA Symposium. 07/01/2021 - 08/01/2021
  • Pan American Vocology Association. Role: Moderator. Webinar: "Sound Production in Semi-Occluded Vocal Tracts" with Ingo Titze, PhD. 09/17/2020 - 09/17/2020
  • Pan American Vocology Association. Role: Member. PAVA Journal Committee. 09/01/2020 - 04/01/2021
  • Northern Utah Chapter, National Association of Teachers of Singing. Role: Chair. Vocal Pedagogy Textbook Study Group. 08/01/2020 - present
  • Pan American Vocology Association. Role: Co-Moderator. Webinar: "Estimating Vocal Fold Contact Pressure In Vivo" with Matìas Zañartu . 07/16/2020 - 07/16/2020
  • Pan American Vocology Association. Role: Moderator. Webinar: "Confessions in Voice Therapy and Training" with Katherine Verdolini, PhD . 06/11/2020 - 06/11/2020
  • Northern Utah Chapter, National Association of Teachers of Singing. Role: Adjudicator. Student Auditions. 02/29/2020 - 02/29/2020
  • Pan-American Vocology Association. Governor, Western United States; Board of Directors member. 08/01/2018 - 10/01/2020
  • Pan American Vocology Association. Role: Member. Board of Directors. 08/01/2018 - 10/01/2020
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing. Utah District Governor. 07/01/2018 - 07/01/2020
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing, Cal-Western Region. On-site Coordinator, 2018 Cal-Western NATS Conference & Auditions, University of Utah . 04/17/2017 - 01/15/2018
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing. Role: Associate Editor. Journal of Singing. 07/01/2016 - present
  • National Association of Teachers of Singing, Northern Utah Chapter. President. 05/10/2014 - 05/31/2018

Internal Service

  • Department of Theatre Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee . Co-Chair, 11/01/2021 - present. Department service.
  • Doctoral Committee (PhD) for Michelle Bythrow, School of Music. Committee Member, 09/16/2021 - present. College service.
  • Doctoral Committee (DMA) for Michelle Pedersen, School of Music . Committee Member, 08/24/2021 - present. College service.
  • U of U Inclusive Design and Design Justice Committee . College of Fine Arts representative, 06/01/2021 - present. University service.
  • Personal/Interpersonal/Organizational Development, Subcommittee of Department Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. 02/02/2021 - present. Department service.
  • Department of Theatre Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee . Member, 12/01/2020 - present. Department service.
  • Recruitment Committee. Member, 10/06/2020 - 05/01/2021. Department service.
  • Faculty Sub-Committee, Department Handbook Committee, Department of Theatre. Member, 01/01/2020 - 05/01/2020. Department service.
  • College of Fine Arts Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee. Department of Theatre Representative, 11/01/2019 - present. College service.
  • Department Review Committee - Career Line/Adjunct Reviews, Department of Theatre, University of Utah. Career-Line Committee Member, 02/01/2019 - 05/01/2019. Department service.
  • Performance Voice Conference, University of Utah School of Medicine, Voice Disorders Center, National Center for Voice and Speech. Planning Committee, 09/01/2015 - present. Other service.

Honors & Awards

  • Author of one of the 20 most-read articles of 2021 (#9). National Association of Teachers of Singing (NATS) Intermezzo newsletter, 12/31/2021
  • Faculty Excellence in Research Award. University of Utah College of Fine Arts, 09/01/2021
  • 2016 Vocal Pedagogy Award. National Association of Teachers of Singing Foundation, 06/01/2016
  • President, Northern Utah Chapter. National Association of Teachers of Singing, 05/01/2014
  • Regional Governor Nomination Committee. Cal-Western Region, National Association of Techers of Singing, 03/01/2014
  • Board member, Northern Utah Chapter. National Association of Teachers of Singing, 05/01/2012

In the Media

  • Featured in The Finer Points, the official blog of the University of Utah College of Fine Arts, in “Brian Manternach: Taking the Art of Singing to a Whole New Level,” by Adam Griffiths. 10/26/2017. http://finearts.utah.edu/news/the-finer-points-blo...
  • Two articles referenced in “Welcoming Transgender Singers: Resource List,” by Ari Agha at ChorusAmerica.org. 01/18/2017. https://www.chorusamerica.org/conducting-performin...
  • Featured in “Can’t We All Just Sing Along?” in the Utah Music Educators Association Journal . 01/02/2017.
  • Interview/Feature for Studio 5 on KSL TV (Salt Lake City NBC affiliate) for segments on “You can sing, even if you think you can’t” https://studio5.ksl.com/?nid=71&sid=42547676. 12/12/2016.
  • Featured in the “Achievements” section of the Westminster College Griffin Gazette . 11/30/2016.
  • Referenced in “Singing for Health” by Maggie Spicer on the Salt Lake County Healthy Lifestyles Blog, http://slco.org/healthy-lifestyles/blog/ . 11/30/2016.
  • Interviewed for The 21st Century Voice Teacher: Blending Tradition and Innovation, the official blog of Einerlei Publishing, in “Pro Bono Performing: To Sing or Not to Sing . 09/16/2016.
  • Interviewed for The Daily Utah Chronicle in “TEDx Time in Salt Lake City,” by Erin West. 09/16/2016.
  • Featured in The Finer Points, the official blog of the University of Utah College of Fine Arts, in “TEDx Salt Lake City features CFA Professors”. 09/13/2016.
  • Featured in The Finer Points blog in “Celebrating 5 faculty members’ latest achievements”. 04/25/2016.
  • “Everyone fit their roles perfectly, from the lovely dancers that played the courtesans, to the forceful General Gloriosus (Brian Manternach), to the philandering Senex (Lucas Goodrich). There wasn’t a weak singer in the cast.” -Utah Theatre Bloggers, 4/7/15. 04/17/2015.
  • “Brian Manternach’s Police Chief Tiger Brown was an especially amusing character due to his straight-faced nonchalance in the face of dramatic circumstances.” -Utah Theatre Bloggers, 11/13/14. 11/13/2014.
  • “...particular mention must be made of Alexandra Camastro as Jenny; Brian Manternach as Tiger Brown, the police commissioner; Austin John Smith as the Street Singer; and Lauren Rathbun as Lucy, Tiger Brown’s daughter. They were all invested in their characters and gave convincing portrayals.” -Salt Lake Magazine and reichelrecommends.com, 11/10/14 *This production was named by Salt Lake Magazine to be one of “Utah’s Top 10 Classical Performances of 2014”. 11/10/2014.
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Princess of Persistence: Lise Lindstrom”. 11/01/2014. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, interview with Jennifer Rowley. 07/01/2014. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, interview with Isabel Leonard. 04/01/2014. http://isabelleonard.com/features/between-the-moon...
  • Classical Singer magazine, interview with Mary Saunders Barton. 03/01/2014. http://belcantocanbelto.com/published-work/bel-can...
  • Classical Singer magazine, interview with Jamie Barton. 10/01/2013. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, interview with Samuel Ramey. 09/01/2013. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • “Brian Manternach played King Sextimus the Silent. Although the character communicates entirely through actions and facial expressions, the role is one of the most enjoyable to watch in the play (much like the Mute in The Fantasticks). Manternach fully capitalized on the comedic nature of his character, especially in “Man to Man Talk,” which, combined with Marshall Barer‘s lyrics (sung by Yerke), made me laugh harder than at any other time in the play.” -Utah Theatre Bloggers, 6/29/13. 06/29/2013.
  • “…and Brian Manternach as King Sextimus also give vivid portrayals. Manternach is ingenious in the comic “Man to Man Talk.”” -Deseret News, 6/26/13. 06/26/2013.
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Voice Lessons via Videoconference”. 03/01/2013. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Music Theater Degree Programs: BM vs. BFA”. 09/01/2012. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Gender Bender: Is it best to study with your own voice type?”. 09/01/2012. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Interviewed for The Intermountain Catholic in “Singer gives students insight into life at the opera,” by Christine Young. 11/25/2011.
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Put Me In, Coach! The Role of the Vocal Coach in Young Artist Programs”. 07/01/2011. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Paul Kiesgen, In Memoriam: Lessons on Listening”. 06/01/2011. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, interview with Dawn Upshaw. 09/01/2010. http://www.ojaifestival.org/pdf/bard.pdf
  • Classical Singer magazine, interview with Dolora Zajick. 01/01/2010. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Choral Pedagogy: A New Kind of Choral Music Education,” co-written with Jeremy Manternach, Ph.D. 03/01/2009. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Recent Winners of the Met National Council Auditions Tell All”. 01/01/2009. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, interview with Joseph Rescigno. 08/01/2008. http://www.concertatore.com/classicalsinger_aug200...
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Cedar Rapids Opera Theatre: Ten Years of Bringing Professional Opera to Eastern Iowa”. 01/01/2008. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Journal of Singing, “Teaching Singers with Emphysema and other Pulmonary Diseases,” co-written with Robert Sataloff, M.D., D.M.A. 01/01/2008. http://www.nats.org/cgi/page.cgi/_subscription.htm...
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Staying Physically and Mentally Well”. 04/01/2007. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...
  • Classical Singer magazine, “Adolescence Again?”. 10/01/2006. http://www.classicalsinger.com/magazine/article.ph...