John Varineau

Wege Foundation Chair

John VarineauAs Associate Conductor of the Grand Rapids Symphony, John Varineau conducts the orchestra on all of its concert series, including the Richard and Helen DeVos Classical Series, Fox Motors Pop Series, the Nestle Gerber Symphonic Boom Series, DTE Energy Foundation Family Series, PNC Lollipop Concerts and the D&W Fresh Market Picnic Pops.  He also conducts a variety of educational and outreach concerts throughout the area. Committed to nurturing the next generation of classical music lovers, Mr. Varineau brings an infectious enthusiasm to students throughout West Michigan and is a frequent visitor to area schools.

Mr. Varineau has been with the Grand Rapids Symphony since 1983 and has conducted the Grand Rapids Youth Symphony since 1986.  Mr. Varineau also appears in a variety of summer music programs in the region and plays in the chamber music group, Montage. Additionally, he conducts the Grand Rapids Symphony for Grand Rapids Ballet performances and the Calvin College Orchestra.

Trained as a clarinetist, Mr. Varineau attended Michigan State University, the University of Wyoming and Yale School of Music. Mr. Varineau 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