Announcing The Inaugural Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition


Grand Teton Music Festival is pleased to announce the inaugural scholarship competition in honor of its Music Director Donald Runnicles. Eight students have been invited to perform in a daylong festival of music at Walk Festival Hall in Jackson Hole on Saturday, June 9, 2018. The eight semi-finalists will compete for $40,000 in scholarship prize money.

The semi-final round begins at 9AM and is open to the public, no ticket required. The eight semi-finalists include two pianists, a guitarist, violinist, vocalist, euphonium player, oboist, and cellist. At 6PM three finalists will compete for the $20,000 first prize. $12,500 second prize, and $7,500 for third prize. Each finalist will perform a twenty-minute program on stage at Walk Festival Hall for the live audience. Please join us in supporting these aspiring musicians. Reserve your free ticket for this special event at

The Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship is for high school seniors from Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana who plan to pursue degrees in music (classical, jazz, or other) at an accredited four-year college with a music program recognized by the National Association of Schools of Music, or a conservatory with a widely recognized national profile such as The Juilliard School, Curtis Institute of Music, or the New England Conservatory.

The competition will be judged by three notable musicians. Hasse Borup, violin, is Head of String and Chamber Music Studies at the University of Utah., Associate Professor in violin and also a longtime Festival Orchestra member. Andrew Staupe, piano, is the Assistant Professor of piano at the University of Utah, an avid chamber music musician and a soloist with many of the country’s top orchestras. Adam Ballif, clarinet, is on the faculty at Brigham Young University-Idaho.

For more information and to reserve tickets, visit or call the GTMF ticket line at 307.733.1128.

About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF):

For seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival reunites 200 celebrated orchestral musicians. These musicians represent 82 different orchestras and 57 institutions of higher learning throughout Europe and North America. After the summer season, GTMF provides various community outreach programs, a Winter Festival, as well as broadcasts from The Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series. The Grand Teton Music Festival is the single largest performing arts presenter in Jackson Hole with nearly 100 events annually. The Festival also launched a 13-part national radio broadcast called “Live from the Grand Teton Music Festival,” co-hosted by Donald Runnicles and Andrew Palmer Todd. Check local radio listings for broadcast times.

For media and interview requests, please contact Brittany Laughlin, Marketing Manager, Grand Teton Music Festival: or 307.733.3050.

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