Greg Underwood joined UNC Charlotte as Staff Accompanist in 1995. Over the next two decades, Greg left indelible marks on virtually every music student by accompanying countless choir concerts, opera productions, and degree recitals on piano, organ, harpsichord, and percussion. Health issues forced him to step away from the university in 2015, and he passed away on December 29, 2017.
“Greg will be remembered for his quick intellect and his dry wit, as well as his passion for music, his talent as a pianist, and his dedication to our department,” says music department chair James A. Grymes. “In my fifteen years at UNC Charlotte, there is nobody who was more beloved by our faculty, staff, and students. He will be greatly missed.”
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“‘My job is to make you sound good’—that was the first thing Greg told me in a rehearsal for my first recital at UNC Charlotte. What an understatement. Such an incredibly talented pianist, musician, and artist.” Kevin Still (B.M. ’12)
“I never knew how awesome he was until I left school and saw what accompanying can look like elsewhere. A true musician, whether soloing or helping us poor undergrads sound more professional.” Jessica Johnson Bowen (B.M. ’96)
Recital Class ($150)
“Some of my most special memories from college involve Greg. He brought the best out of my performances.” Josh Consalvo (B.A. ’15)
“He always made me sound way better than I deserved, and he saved me on more than one occasion.” Mitchell J. Stokes (B.M. ’16)
Junior Recital ($500)
“Juries, performances, and recitals were better because of him.” Jennifer Miller-Fisher (B.M. ’06)
Senior Recital ($1000)
“My senior recital was one of the highlights of my life because I got to share the stage for an entire hour with one of the greatest guys and musicians I have ever known.” John T. Woodall (B.M. ’14)