Coming Up…Music from the Mountains, an online version of the 2020 Grand Teton Music Festival, August 21-23
In early August, safety permitting, a smaller group of GTMF musicians will come together under the baton of Music Director Donald Runnicles to record and film three concerts of inspiring music in Walk Festival Hall.
We’re looking forward to sharing a glorious celebration of Beethoven, Mozart, Copland, and Ravel, as well as music from some of the important female composers due to be performed at this year’s Festival.
The programs will stream online on August 21, 22 and 23, and will appear on TV in the fall, and GTMF is very pleased to welcome two media partners for this project: BBC Music Magazine and Wyoming PBS. In addition, we’re planning an educational component that will be available to schools across Wyoming.
More details coming soon…
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 on August 21, 22 and 23.
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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 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