MUSIC DIRECTOR & CONDUCTOR
Winner of the London Conducting Masterclass Competition and the Agatha C. Church Conducting Award, Grant Harville is Music Director and Conductor for the Great Falls Symphony Association. He previously held director positions with the Idaho State-Civic Symphony (where he earned a 20 Under 40 award from the Southeast Idaho Business Journal), Bozeman Symphony, and Ripon College; was Assistant Director with the Georgia Symphony; and conducted productions at Manitoba Underground Opera, Fraser Lyric Opera, and the Madison Savoyards. His guest conducting appearances include the Southwest Michigan Symphony, Bozeman Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Georgia Symphony, Oistrach Symphony, and Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City.
Harville has collaborated with numerous artists of international stature, including Bela Fleck, Martina Filjak, Orion Weiss, Dominic Cheli, Chee-Yun, William Hagen, Stephanie Chase, Inbal Segev, Jiji, Patrick Sheridan, as well as the groups Pink Martini, Time for Three, and the Hubbard Street Dance Company. He conducted the first full-length orchestral program in the United States with French-Canadian folk group Le Vent du Nord, and orchestrated and premiered a symphonic collaboration with Native American hip-hop artist Supaman.
A devoted educator, Harville has been Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and Georgia Youth Symphony Orchestra and has given clinics for dozens of school orchestras, honors orchestras, youth orchestras, orchestra festivals, and summer programs, including founding and conducting the annual East Idaho Honors Orchestra. He has taught music appreciation courses for adults in continuing education programs in Montana, Idaho, and Georgia and served as Choir Director for the Atlanta Music Project, an El Sistema-based music education program dedicated to underserved youth in urban Atlanta.
Harville’s diverse musical background includes experience as a tubist, vocalist, violist, and composer. He has a number of tuba competition victories to his credit, including First Prize in the Leonard Falcone International Solo Tuba competition and winner of the University of Michigan Concerto Competition, performing a concerto of his own composition. As tenor with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus, he was selected to perform as soloist with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall. His compositions have been performed by numerous ensembles and soloists throughout the US: his Sonata for tuba and piano was a finalist for the Harvey G. Phillips Award for Excellence in Composition, and he was awarded a grant to perform his Steampunk Partita at the National Association of Music Educators Northwest Division Conference.
Harville pursued his music studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Michigan. His principal teachers and mentors include James Smith, Michael Alexander, Markand Thakar, Victor Yampolsky, Kenneth Kiesler, Michael Haithcock, David Becker, John Stevens, and Fritz Kaenzig.
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