Community Engagement

GTMF’s mission to provide exhilarating musical experiences goes beyond presenting concerts at Walk Festival Hall. We’re committed to engaging with our community through interactive programs that reach people of all ages.  

“The Grand Teton Music Festival is building bridges in Jackson and beyond through partnerships, access and engagement. Via our free programming, in-person and online, and supporting local music education and young musicians, the Festival is committed to enriching lives in our community through extraordinary musical experiences.”

~Matt Lusins, GTMF Board of Directors

GTMF On the Road

GTMF On the Road is an initiative by the Grand Teton Music Festival to bring live classical music to audiences in Teton County and the surrounding communities through free concerts performed by Festival Orchestra musicians.

Community partners include Above and Beyond the Classroom in Teton Valley, Astoria Hot Springs, Center for the Arts, Coombs Outdoors, Dancers’ Workshop, Diehl Gallery, Hole Food Rescue, Jackson Hole Children’s Museum, JH Land Trust/Greenspace on the Block, Jackson Hole Public Art, National Museum of Wildlife Art, Off Square Theatre Company, Presbyterian Church of Jackson Hole, St. John’s Health/Sage Living, Teton County Public Library, Teton Literacy Center, Teton Music School and Teton Science Schools/Murie Ranch.  |  more info

Monday Musical Adventures

Join Education Curator Meaghan Heinrich and embark on Musical Adventures every Monday morning at the Greenspace on the Block in downtown Jackson!

These are fun, informative and engaging music sessions for young children and their adult caretakers. Geared for listeners ages one through five, classes will also be fun and accessible for all ages. Come with us on a musical adventure to sing, dance and move through the exciting world of music!

Free and open to the public

The 2022 Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition

The Grand Teton Music Festival is proud to present the 5th Annual Scholarship Competition in honor of Music Director Sir Donald Runnicles. The competition is open to graduating high school seniors from Wyoming, Idaho, and Montana who will pursue their primary studies 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. Three scholarships are awarded: $10k, $15k and $25k.

The competition will begin with a preliminary round of pre-screen audition videos submitted via video link. GTMF adjudicators will select six semi-finalists from the pool of pre-screens. These semi-finalists will be invited to perform for a panel of three professional musician judges at Walk Festival Hall in Jackson Hole, WY.

Scholarship Competition Semi-Finals & Finals: Monday, July 11, 2022
Finals performances at 5:30 PM are open to the public  |  reserve tickets 


GTMF Education Partnerships

This summer, GTMF will partner with music education organizations in Jackson to connect Festival musicians and local music students. Teton Music School’s Summer Strings camp for middle school students will be visited by a resident string quartet for a special performance and clinic instruction. High school students performing in the Jackson Hole Youth Orchestra will be led by a guest conductor and Festival musicians for their summer session. Students of both camps will be invited to Chamber Music concerts and Open Rehearsals throughout the summer and will culminate their sessions with afternoon performances on the stage at Walk Festival Hall. GTMF is proud to connect young musicians in our community with opportunities to deepen their lifelong relationship with music.

Musical Road Trips

GTMF’s Musical Road Trips is an animated educational series for elementary school students that explores the world of classical music. Music teacher and host Meaghan Heinrich explores music from each of GTMF’s On Location concerts and teaches students about the music through different activities like dancing, singing, drawing, etc. Each episode also features an exclusive interview with one of the musicians from each of the concerts.  Watch videos

Backstage Pass

An informal “behind the scenes” interview series hosted by Maestro Jerry Hou and Eva Cappelletti Chao featuring various GTMF Musicians.

Backstage Pass is an interview segment featuring Festival musicians hosted by Associate Conductor Jerry Hou and violinist Eva Cappelletti Chao. The segments are produced, edited, and shared on GTMF’s Facebook and YouTube pages. Backstage Pass connects audiences to beloved orchestra musicians and builds community throughout the year. Past interviews are available to watch on YouTube.

Other Community Engagement Initiatives

Pre-Concert Talks

Before each Festival Orchestra concert, Festival Musicians present educational introductions to the evening’s performance. Learn before you listen, with lectures beginning at 7 PM on Fridays and 5 PM on Saturdays in the Barbara Furrer Goodman Memorial Garden near Walk Festival Hall’s north entrance.


StringFest unites orchestra students from local schools for an intensive workshop led by an expert clinician. The clinic gives students the opportunity to learn alongside a broader set of peers and concludes with a concert showcasing their newly refined skills and talents.

Student Ambassadors

Named in honor of our former Board Chair, the Sylvia Neil Student Ambassador Program gives young music lovers a chance to be an integral part of an evening at the Grand Teton Music Festival by working closely with our Box Office and Front of House staff on select concerts. Each summer, Grand Teton Music Festival seeks 15 to 20 young adults to serve as Festival Ambassadors throughout the summer concert season. If you are between the ages of 13 and 19 and love music, Grand Teton Music Festival wants you to be a part of the Sylvia Neil Student Ambassador Program. Benefits include $12/hour compensation and the opportunity to attend GTMF performances, including sold-out shows.

 Community engagement and education programming underwritten by the Botwinick-Wolfensohn Foundation & Wolfensohn Family Foundation, in memory of Elaine & James Wolfensohn. Additional arts learning support provided by the Wyoming Arts Council.

If you’re interested in supporting GTMF’s Community Engagement Initiatives, click HERE, and note that you’d like your gift to support these programs.

You may also contact Tim Dodge, Director of Development, at 307.732.9952 or