Rebecca Renfro Grimes possesses a versatile artistry that spans from teaching to directing to performing. Her directing credits include productions with Greater Worcester Opera, Opera del West, University of Connecticut Opera Theater, and Sam Houston State University, where she is a member of the faculty. Critically acclaimed as a singer possessing “clear-toned elegance and dignity,” Dr. Grimes’ stage credits include leading roles in Die Fledermaus, Le nozze di Figaro, Impressario, Dido and Aeneas, Don Giovanni, Trial by Jury, Gianni Schicchi, L’enfant et les sortileges, A Game of Chance, L’Europe Galante and La Vera Costanza. As a sought-after oratorio soloist, Dr. Grimes has been featured in such works as Mendelssohn’s St. Paul, Haydn’s Creation, Mozart Mass in C Minor, Brahms’ Ein Deutches Requiem, Bach’s Cantata 51, Gasparini’s L’oraculo del Fato, Handel’s Laudate Pueri, Faure’s Requiem and Britten’s Rejoice in the Lamb. Recent engagements include a recital performance for the FACE concert series at the Centrum Performing Arts Center in Houston. Under Dr. Grimes’ leadership, SHSU Opera Workshop has becoming a nationally recognized program, having been selected as a National Opera Association Opera Scenes Competition finalist in 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014, winning second place in 2015 in the NOA Music Theater Division. The ensemble was awarded a 2012 Production Competition prize from the National Opera Association, and was honored with the American Prize in Collegiate Opera in the fall of 2014. Dr. Grimes is an Assistant Professor and Director of Opera Workshop at Sam Houston State University. She holds degrees in music from Sam Houston State University (B.M.) and The New England Conservatory of Music (M.M.), and The University of Connecticut (D.M.A.). As an undergraduate at Sam Houston State University, Dr. Grimes also earned a degree in Accounting (B.B.A.). She is the co-founder of Opera del West, a regional opera company based in the Boston area, and an executive board member of Greater Worcester Opera.