Symphonic Choir Director
Symphonic Choir Director
In addition to his role as Music Director, Grant Harville is also the Director of the Symphonic Choir.
Winner of the London Conducting Masterclass Competition and the Agatha C. Church Conducting Award, Grant Harville was recently selected from an international pool of candidates as the new Music Director for the Great Falls (Montana) Symphony. For the past four years, he served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, a tenure marked by high artistic standards, adventurous programming, and fiscal stability, earning enthusiastic responses from orchestra, audience, board, and staff, along with a 20 Under 40 award from the Southeast Idaho Business Journal.
Harville has previously served as Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony, Director of the Georgia Youth Symphony, Orchestra Director at Ripon College, and Music Director for multiple Madison Savoyards productions. His recent guest conducting appearances include the Great Falls Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, and Georgia Symphony. He has collaborated with various artists of international stature, including Bela Fleck, Time for Three, Chee-Yun, Martina Filjak, Patrick Sheridan, Stephanie Chase, and Hubbard Street Dance Company, along with numerous principal players from major US symphonies and young artist competition winners.
A devoted educator, Harville was Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra, and has given clinics for numerous school orchestras, honors orchestras, youth orchestras, and summer programs, including founding the annual East Idaho Honors Orchestra. He has taught music appreciation courses for adults in several continuing education programs in both 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, and David Becker.
Assistant Choir Director
Cynthia Stevens relocated to Great Falls, Montana from Houston, Texas in the spring of 2013. She has earned two undergraduate music degrees from Maryville College and a Master of Music in Vocal Performance from the University of Tennessee. While a student at the University, she was chosen to participate in the Knoxville Opera Company Apprentice Program. She has performed as a soloist and taken students to Europe and across much of the United States.
Ms. Stevens has taught private voice and piano lessons, conducted several church and children’s choirs and has served as the Coordinator of Music and Chorus Director for Roane State Community College in Harriman, Tennessee. While in Houston, Texas, Ms. Stevens served as the Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts (as well as choir director) for San Jacinto College. In May of 2011, Ms. Stevens made her successful conducting debut in Carnegie Hall.
In January 2014, Ms. Stevens assumed the new responsibilities as Department Chair for Humanities and Fine Arts at Great Falls College Montana State University. In May of 2016, a group of 80 singers, under the direction of Ms. Stevens, presented their Carnegie Hall debut featuring the music of Montana composers.
This semester, Ms. Stevens continues her work on a second Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Education from The University of Montana. Under her guidance, an Associate of Arts degree with an emphasis in music will be available at Great Falls College Montana State University in the fall of 2017. Under her direction, members of the Great Falls College Choir participated in a choir tour to Italy in the summer of 2018. Ms. Stevens is happy to serve as the Assistant Choir Director for the Great Falls Symphony. She looks forward to building relationships and strengthening the ties between the college and the active art community in Great Falls.