Grand Teton Music Festival Music Director Donald Runnicles Knighted by Queen Elizabeth II – Festival Announces New GTMF On Location Chamber Music Series and Three New Board Members
Grand Teton Music Festival is delighted to congratulate Music Director Donald Runnicles for being knighted by Queen Elizabeth II for his service to music. On October 10, the Office of Her Majesty announced the Queen’s Birthday Honours list 2020 including Sir Maestro Runnicles, OBE who was bequeathed with the title of the Knights Bachelor.
“We are so proud of our Music Director Donald Runnicles for being knighted for his service to music, as part of the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2020. Sir Donald Runnicles deserves this recognition for his outstanding musical leadership here at GTMF, across the U.S. and abroad,” said Board Co-Chairs Barbara McCelvey and John Costello.
GTMF is also pleased to announce GTMF On Location, a 5-concert digital chamber music series featuring small ensembles, recorded and produced remotely in the home cities of Festival Orchestra musicians across the country. The series creates opportunities for more intimate artistic access to GTMF musicians who comprise some of the best musicians from the best orchestras across the United States. | read more
Grand Teton Music Festival Welcomes New Executive Director Emma Kail
Emma Kail joins Grand Teton Music Festival on September 1, 2020, offering a vision of collaboration and growth
After a nationwide search, the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) Board of Directors announces the appointment of Emma Kail as GTMF’s new Executive Director. Ms. Kail joins GTMF with long experience both as a musician and as an administrative leader in major classical music organizations across the US. Read full release
The Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition
In 2018, the Grand Teton Music Festival launched a scholarship competition in honor of Music Director Donald Runnicles. The annual competition is open to graduating high school seniors from Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana who are pursuing college studies in music. After submitting an audition video, semi-finalists are invited to perform in a daylong celebration of music at Walk Festival Hall, where they compete for the scholarship prize money in front of GTMF’s panel of renowned judges and a live audience. This year, due to COVID restrictions, the competition was held online.
1st Prize: Fernando Perez ($20,000)
Hometown: Boise, ID
High School: Borah High School
College: Boise State University
2nd Prize: Jordan Arnold Shawver ($12,500)
Hometown: Billings, MT
High School: Skyview High School
College: Montana State University Billings
3rd Prize: Coleton Morgan ($7,500)
Hometown: Hartville, WY
High School: Home Schooled & Wheatland High School
Colleges: New England Conservatory, Peabody Institute, Denver University, Eastman (waitlisted)
One of the best places to hear classical music in the summer.
– The Wall Street Journal
The setting is everything at this event, but with Donald Runnicles in charge, musical quality is assured.
– The New York Times
One of America’s most impressive music festivals.
– BBC Music Magazine
Where some of the world’s best musicians congregate and perform.
– The Economist 1843
The Grand Teton Music Festival’s mission is to provide exhilarating musical experiences. The festival was founded in 1962 by the Jackson Hole Fine Arts Festival to foster classical music experiences for performers and audiences and to improve and enrich the cultural awareness and opportunities for people in Wyoming and the adjacent area. GTMF is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.
Music from the Mountains photo courtesy of VisitJacksonHole