John Varineau was appointed in 2013 to the music faculty at Calvin College, where he conducts the Calvin Orchestra and the Calvin Community Symphony. [Read: "Calvin Orchestra gets new conductor."] Prior to this appointment he has been a visiting orchestra conductor at Calvin College, taught Music Theory at Calvin College and, as a clarinetist, taught clarinet at Calvin College, Cornerstone University, Grand Valley State University, and Grand Rapids Community College.
Mr. Varineau is also associate conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony, and conductor of the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra. The 2012-2013 Season marks his 28th anniversary with the Symphony, and 25th year as the conductor of the Youth Symphony and Classical Orchestra. For four years, he served as the Music Director of the Holland Chamber Orchestra (now the Holland Symphony). He has also been a visiting orchestra conductor Western Michigan University, a guest conductor for the Traverse City Symphony, the Lansing Symphony Orchestra, the Kalamazoo Symphony Orchestra, the Fort Wayne Philharmonic, the Indianapolis Symphony, the Detroit Symphony, and the Duluth-Superior Orchestra.
Mr. Varineau conducts nearly all of the Grand Rapids Symphony concert series, including the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series, Fox Motors Pops Series, the SymphonicBoom Series, Crowe Horwath Rising Stars Series, DTE Energy Foundation Family Series, PNC Lollipop Series and the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops. He also conducts a variety of educational and outreach concerts throughout the area. Mr. Varineau is committed to nurturing the next generation of classical music lovers.
He is a frequent visitor to area schools, and shares an infectious enthusiasm with students throughout West Michigan.
Mr. Varineau also appears in a variety of summer music programs in the region and plays in the chamber music group, Montage. In 2003, he appeared twice as a guest conductor with the Arkansas Symphony.
Additionally, he conducts the Grand Rapids Symphony for performances by the Grand Rapids Ballet Company. Mr. Varineau attended Michigan State University, University of Wyoming and Yale School of Music for his clarinet training. He has made three recordings with the Grand Rapids Symphony and three with the Royal Scottish National Orchestra.
He and his wife, Gwen, have a daughter, Jade, and a son, Justin.