Announcing The 2019 Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition


The Grand Teton Music Festival is pleased to announce the second Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition. The scholarship competition is open to 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.

As part of the application process, students are required to submit an audition video. Semi-finalists will be invited to perform in a daylong celebration of music at Walk Festival Hall in Jackson Hole on Saturday, June 8, 2019, where they will compete for the scholarship prize money in front of GTMF’s panel of renowned judges and a live audience.

First prize is $20,000, second prize is $12,500, and third prize is $7,500. Awards are remitted directly to the academic institution at which the student is enrolled in the fall of 2019.

The Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship was launched in 2018 in honor of Grand Teton Music Festival Music Director Donald Runnicles. The award, a vision of a generous and anonymous donor, recognizes and encourages exceptional talent in regional youth. The winners of the 2018 scholarship competition were pianist Ben Kaufman, saxophonist Taylor King, and cellist Sophie Lyman. They won first, second, and third prizes respectively. They will return to Jackson on Friday, April 12, 2019 for a free Community Concert. Tickets are free and available at

“From the initial concept to the announcement of the winners, this scholarship has been one of the most meaningful projects I have worked on at the Festival. Seeing the faces of both the students and their families at the award ceremony is something I will forever cherish,” notes Grand Teton Music Festival President & CEO Andrew Palmer Todd said, after emceeing the 2018 event.

To review the guidelines and apply for the scholarship, visit To reserve a ticket for the live competition on Saturday, June 8, visit or call 307.733.1128.

 About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF):

Over seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival unites 200 celebrated orchestral musicians led by Music Director Donald Runnicles. These musicians represent 90 orchestras and 57 institutions of higher learning throughout Europe and North America. As the single largest performing arts presenter in Jackson Hole with nearly 100 annual events, GTMF also presents monthly community concerts, a Winter Festival, the Metropolitan Opera’s Live in HD series, and education programs for Teton County Students. The Festival has a 13-part national radio broadcast “Live from the Grand Teton Music Festival,” co-hosted by Donald Runnicles and Andrew Palmer Todd.

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

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