Meet The Performers

Visiting Artist

Carl Grapentine

Carl Grapentine is the host of the Morning Program on WFMT/ 98.7 FM, Chicago's Classical Fine Arts Station, weekdays from 6-10 a.m. Carl first joined WFMT in 1986 after thirteen years as the morning host of the classical music station in Detroit.

Carl presents pre-concert lectures for the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, Lyric Opera of Chicago, Music of the Baroque, and several other groups. He also performs as narrator with the Chicago Pro Musica and hosts concerts for numerous community orchestras and bands. He has been the host for the nationally-syndicated broadcast concerts of the Montreal Symphony Orchestra on the WFMT Fine Arts Network, and he hosts the National Concert Band Festival in Indianapolis each spring.

An alumnus of the University of Michigan School of Music, Carl has been the "stadium voice" of the University of Michigan Marching Band for 42 seasons--his voice being heard on national telecasts of sixteen Rose Bowl games and numerous other bowl games. In 2006 he assumed additional duties as the game announcer at Michigan Stadium.

An accomplished conductor and singer, Carl has twenty-five years of experience as a church music director. Currently he sings in the choir of Grace Lutheran Church in River Forest, IL. He has also sung the national anthem for professional and collegiate sporting events at Wrigley Field, Comiskey Park, Tiger Stadium, the Pontiac Silverdome, and the University of Michigan's Crisler Arena.

Carl lives in Oak Park, IL.

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