Music from the Mountains

Thank you to everyone who helped to make our Music from the Mountains online mini-festival a success. We greatly appreciate our musicians, guest artists, board members, donors, supporters and staff.  And we look forward to seeing everyone in person next summer to celebrate our 60th season.

Click here for links to our online performances, available for a limited time. 

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Donald Runnicles to conduct Wagner’s Die Walküre at Deutsche Oper Berlin

Our own Maestro Donald Runnicles is conducting live performances of Die Walküre (The Valkyrie) at Deutsche Oper Berlin from September 27-October 11. The Stefan Herheim production features an all-star cast, including Nina Stemme, Lise Davidsen, Brandon Jovanovich and more.

“One of the most amazing qualities of Richard Wagner, in my view, is the tenacity with which he pursued his artistic visions. Wagner spent a quarter of a century working on his RING idea even though for ages it didn’t look like it had the faintest hope of ever seeing the light of day. I get a kick out of reminding myself of that fact on a regular basis, now that we’re staging the work – because now it’s us nurturing the dream to get a version of the RING up on stage. And despite the stumbling blocks that we keep coming up against, we’re all working passionately – and with the necessary caution – to make our dream of a VALKYRIE premiere come true on 27th  September. Cross your fingers that we pull it off!” ~Donald Runnicles  |  More info

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.

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

Mission

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

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