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 is Music Director and Conductor for the Great Falls Symphony Association and, for the 2019-20 season, Artistic Director of the Bozeman Symphony. For the previous four years, he served as Artistic Director and Conductor of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony where he “made it grandly apparent” why he was selected to the position and earned a 20 Under 40 award from the Southeast Idaho Business Journal.
Harville has served as Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony, Orchestra Director at Ripon College, and Music Director for multiple Madison Savoyards productions. His guest conducting appearances include the Fraser Lyric Opera, Bozeman Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Georgia Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, Oistrach Symphony, and Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City. He has collaborated with various artists of international stature, including Bela Fleck, Martina Filjak, Orion Weiss, Dominic Cheli, Chee-Yun, William Hagen, Stephanie Chase, Inbal Segev, and Jiji, as well as groups such as Pink Martini, Time for Three, and the Hubbard Street Dance Company. He conducted the first full-length orchestral program with French-Canadian folk group Le Vent du Nord in the US.
A devoted educator, Harville was Music Director of the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra and has given numerous clinics for school orchestras, honors orchestras, youth orchestras, orchestra festivals, and summer programs, including founding and conducting the 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 conduct 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, Markand Thakar, Victor Yampolsky, Kenneth Kiesler, Michael Haithcock, David Becker, John Stevens, and Fritz Kaenzig.
Harville is represented by William Reinert Associates, Inc.
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.
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, Stevens served as the Department Chair of Visual and Performing Arts (as well as choir director) for
San Jacinto College.
In May of 2011, Stevens made her successful conducting debut in Carnegie Hall.
In January 2014, Stevens assumed the new responsibilities as Department Chair for Fine Arts and Education at Great Falls College-Montana State University. In May of 2016, under her direction, a group of 80 singers presented their Carnegie Hall debut featuring the music of Montana composers.
In December 2018, Stevens completed work on a second Master of Music degree with an emphasis in Music Education from the University of Montana.
Under her direction, members of the Great Falls College Choir participated in a choir tour to Italy in the summer of 2018.
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.