High school musicians compete for GTMF scholarship at live concert this weekend

JACKSON, WY— Grand Teton Music Festival will debut an inaugural scholarship competition this Saturday, June 9 in honor of its music director Donald Runnicles. The day of music will be free and open to the public.

Eight high school students from Wyoming, Montana, and Idaho have been invited to perform in a daylong festival at Walk Festival Hall on Saturday and compete for $40,000 in scholarship prize money.

The semi-final round begins at 9 a.m. and is free and unticketed. Performers include two pianists, a guitarist, violinist, vocalist, euphonium player, oboist, and cellist. Then, at 6 p.m. three finalists will compete for the $20,000 first place prize, $12,500 second place prize, and $7,500 third place prize. Each finalist will perform a twenty-minute program on stage at Walk Festival Hall for a live audience. Reserve your free ticket to support the aspiring musicians at GTMF.org.

Competitors are high school seniors from Wyoming, Idaho and Montana who plan to pursue degrees in music 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 judges are three prestigious musicians: Hasse Borup (violin) is Head of String and Chamber Music Studies at the University of Utah, Associate Professor in violin, and 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 gtmf.org 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.


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For 58 years, the Grand Teton Music Festival has served as the summer home for the nation’s top orchestral players Led by acclaimed Music Director Donald Runnicles, the biggest names in classical music join

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