GTMF to Gift $40,000 at the 2019 Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition Finals


 On Saturday, June 8, the Grand Teton Music Festival presents its second annual Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship Competition in honor of its Music Director Donald Runnicles.

The 2019 scholarship was announced in January, and after receiving many talent-filled applications, GTMF selected six semi-finalists: cellist Alexis DePaolo from Casper, WY; vocalist Brian Wacker from Cheyenne, WY; violinist Chelsea Lind from Bozeman, MT; pianist Marshall McCall from Boise, ID; bass trombonist Kaiden Riddle from Blackfoot, ID; and pianist Katie Killpack from Idaho Falls, ID. These semi-finalists will compete for $40,000 in scholarship prize money during the daylong event, held at Walk Festival Hall.

The semi-final round begins at 9AM and is open to the public, no ticket required. GTMF will select three finalists following this round, and at 6PM, the students will compete for the $20,000 first prize, $12,500 second prize, and $7,500 third prize. Each finalist will perform a twenty-minute program on stage for GTMF’s panel of renowned judges and the live audience. The competition finals are free, but ticketed.

 Competitors will be accompanied by pianist Brock Tjosvold and evaluated by three distinguished judges: Joel Noyes, Assistant Principal Cellist for the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra and Festival Musician of six years; Patricia Price, Managing Director of 8VA Music Consultancy and classical pianist; and Stephanie Rhodes Russell, newly appointed GTMF Associate Conductor and 2019 winner of the Solti Foundation Career Assistance Award.

The Donald Runnicles Musical Arts Scholarship 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.

Please join us in supporting these aspiring musicians. Visit or call the GTMF ticket line at 307.733.1128 to reserve free tickets.

 About the Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) Over seven weeks each summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival unites 228 celebrated orchestral musicians led by Music Director Donald Runnicles. These musicians represent 64 orchestras and 47 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 presents yearlong programming that includes monthly community concerts, a Winter Festival in February, 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, now in its second season.

GTMF is a 4-star charity as rated by Charity Navigator and has a Platinum Seal of Transparency from GuideStar.

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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