Join us for Music from the Mountains, August 17-29

Music from the Mountains is an online mini-festival showcasing the music, people, and atmosphere of the Grand Teton Music Festival.

From August 17-29, join us on Facebook or YouTube for inspiring musical performances streamed from Walk Festival Hall and across the country, plus interviews and behind-the-scenes vignettes shared throughout the two weeks. Content will be available for viewing on YouTube for a limited time after the streaming date.

Music Director Donald Runnicles, pianist Yefim Bronfman, and soprano Jacquelyn Stucker headline the online programming, alongside GTMF musicians. The repertoire features beloved works by Beethoven, Haydn, Brahms and Dvořák to modern works by George Walker, Jennifer Higdon and Caroline Shaw.

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


August 7, 2020, 6:40 pm
GTMF Backstage Pass ep. 9 "Bass Party"

Check out this interview featuring members of the GTMF bass section. Watch as they talk about music, memories, and cooking in this light-hearted, fun ... See more

August 6, 2020, 4:05 pm

Today we highlight American composer and instrumentalist, George Walker.

George Walker was born in Washington, DC in 1922. At the age of 5, Walker ... See more

August 5, 2020, 8:00 pm
Musician Feature

Today we have something a little different. Our beloved trumpeter Jennifer Marotta plays a sweet rendition of All By Myself, by Eric Carmen. ... See more

August 4, 2020, 10:33 pm
Photos from Grand Teton Music Festival's post

This Friday at 3:30pm MT, we film our season finale of GTMF Backstage Pass, featuring two very special guests. Maestro Donald Runnicles returns to ... See more

August 4, 2020, 6:08 pm

We are thrilled to announce the programming for 'Music from the Mountains,' an online mini-festival showcasing the music, people, and atmosphere of ... See more

August 4, 2020, 4:00 pm

Today we begin our celebration of some of our musicians that would have celebrated their 25th year in the Tetons with the Festival. Our first ... See more

August 3, 2020, 10:00 pm
Photos from Grand Teton Music Festival's post

Attention Grand Teton Music Festival fans!

This Friday at 3:30pm Mountain time/5:30pm Eastern, GTMF Backstage Pass will film its Season 1 Finale. ... See more

August 3, 2020, 4:00 pm
Musician Monday

Happy August GTMF family! For today's Musician feature, we recognize Chicago Symphony Associate Concertmaster Stephanie Jeong. Stephanie has only ... See more

July 31, 2020, 8:08 pm
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: GTMF Backstage Pass. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Be sure to join us on Zoom for the production of Backstage Pass episode 9 "Bass Party," today at 3pm MST. This episode will be a lighthearted hangout ... See more

The production of the weekly web series Backstage Pass.

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We are sorry that the 2020 Grand Teton Music Festival will not be able to proceed as planned. However, we are deeply grateful to the many supporters in our community who continue to stand with GTMF in this difficult time. We look forward with great anticipation to musicians and audiences coming back together again next summer for GTMF’s 60th Season. A major celebration is planned, and we look forward to seeing you there! In the meantime, please join us online for Music from the Mountains from August 17-23.

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.

2020 Winners

1st Prize: Fernando Perez ($20,000)
Instrument: Flute
Hometown: Boise, ID
High School: Borah High School
College: Boise State University

2nd Prize: Jordan Arnold Shawver ($12,500)
Instrument: Voice
Hometown: Billings, MT
High School: Skyview High School
College: Montana State University Billings

3rd Prize: Coleton Morgan ($7,500)
Instrument: Oboe
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 was founded in 1962 by 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.  The festival is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

Music from the Mountains photo courtesy of VisitJacksonHole

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