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.  

“I am proud of the important work that our Festival is doing in Jackson and beyond to support music education and to provide musical enrichment for our entire community. GTMF takes seriously its commitment to create opportunities for young people to learn from and be inspired by the superb musicians whom we are able to bring to our region each summer.  In this unusual time when we cannot gather for live concerts, we are thrilled to provide you with this online chance to get to know the wonderful personalities that make up our beloved festival orchestra.”

~Kakie Brooks, Chair of the GTMF Education and Outreach Committee

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.

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


Teton Music School/GTMF Education Partnership

To respond to ongoing challenges and needs of our community, Teton Music School and Grand Teton Music Festival are proud to be launching a partnership this month that supports Teton County School District and Systems of Education’s Friday in-person programming at the local elementary schools. Systems of Education is a community collective that brings together organizations in Jackson to take collective action in support of educational needs and opportunities.  |  more info

The 2021 Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition

The Grand Teton Music Festival is proud to announce the 4th 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.

The competition will begin with a preliminary round of pre-screen audition videos submitted via video link through our online survey. GTMF adjudicators will select 6 semi-finalists from the pool of pre-screen auditions. These semi-finalists will be invited to perform for a panel of three professional musician judges at Walk Festival Hall in Jackson Hole, WY.

Applications are now being accepted (click here to complete the online form)!  The date of the Scholarship Competition Finals and Semi-finals will be Monday, July 19, 2021.

1st: $25,000
2nd: $15,000
3rd: $10,000

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)


GTMF Music Forum

Live-streamed masterclasses hosted by a GTMF musician and spearheaded by Maestro Jerry Hou.

The GTMF Music Forum brings professional orchestra expertise to Wyoming music educators and students in comprehensive live-streamed masterclasses. Spearheaded by GTMF’s own Associate Conductor, Jerry Hou, and including other GTMF musicians, these classes focus on prominent classical music composers, instruments, compositions, pedagogy, and history throughout the genre.

Tips from the Pros

A collection of short instructional videos for students featuring GTMF musicians.

Tips from the pros will be an ever-evolving library of short 4-5 minute instrumental instructional videos featuring prominent GTMF musicians discussing practice methods, repertoire, and other instrument-specific topics.


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 7PM on Fridays and 5PM on Saturdays in the Barbara Furrer Goodman Memorial Garden near Walk Festival Hall’s north entrance.


StringFest unites regional orchestra students for an intensive three-day clinic led by Festival Musician and Music Director of the Utah Youth Symphony Barbara Scowcroft. The educational event concludes with a concert to showcase the students’ newly refined skills and talents.


GTMF’s flagship music education program augments the standard music curriculum in local band and orchestra classrooms. Tune-Up teachers are practicing musicians with expertise in a wide variety of instruments. They provide individualized instruction, private lessons, and facilitate rehearsals.

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.

GTMF On the Road

This program expands GTMF’s Community Concert series to Star Valley, Pinedale, Teton Valley, Idaho, and Laramie. GTMF will create new audiences for its Community Concerts by offering full performances as well as educational outreach visits to other towns in the area. In addition, GTMF will create a partnership with the University of Wyoming by collaborating with the university to bring artists to campus.

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 Andy Mahoney, Acting Development Director, at 307.732.9962 or