“Harville has made it grandly apparent why he was selected to be the Director for the Civic Symphony.”
– Idaho State Journal
Winner of the London Conducting Masterclass Competition and the Agatha C. Church Conducting Award, Grant Harville is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, where he is charged with the musical leadership of all ISCS concerts (classical, pops, family, and holiday), as well as the organization’s numerous ancillary and educational programs. His tenure has been marked by high artistic standards, adventurous programming, and fiscal stability, earning enthusiastic responses from orchestra, audience, board, and staff.
“Harville is to be congratulated for the selections he chooses for these concerts. They have depth and breadth plus appeal to an audience ranging from serious musical aficionados to those who are there purely for enjoyment.”
– Idaho State 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. Some of his recent activity includes guest conducting appearances with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, and the Oistrach Symphony. Beginning with the 2016-17 season, he will take on the Music Director position for the Boise Philharmonic Youth Orchestra.
“Conductor Grant Harville has pulled together an orchestra that starts out the run in more polished shape than I can recall from past years.”
Guest artists with whom Harville has collaborated include Bela Fleck, Time for Three, Chee-Yun, Martina Filjak, Stephanie Chase, Patrick Sheridan, and Helen Kim, along with various members of the Idaho State University faculty and numerous young artist competition winners. While in Atlanta, he accompanied several soloists from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, including Elizabeth Koch, Kenn Wagner, and Thomas Hooten (now Principal Trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic). He invited Sergiu Brindusa and Beth Moore of the Brindusa/Moore Ballet Academy to perform with the ISCS in February 2015 (to audience raves) and twice conducted collaborations between the Georgia Youth Symphony and Georgia Ballet.
“Grant Harville took charge for Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro” … the small group had no technical problems, and the music shimmered exquisitely, thoroughly bewitching.”
A devoted educator, Harville is Professor of Music at Idaho State University, conducting the ISU Chamber Orchestra and ISU Theater productions while teaching conducting and music theory. He has taught music appreciation courses for adults in several continuing education programs in both Idaho and Georgia. He spent the 2011-2012 season as Choir Director for the Atlanta Music Project, an El Sistema-based music education program dedicated to underserved youth in urban Atlanta. He has appeared as Guest Lecturer at Kennesaw State University (conducting the University Symphony and Philharmonic) and Jacksonville State University (teaching conducting and composition), and has given clinics for numerous school orchestras, honors orchestras, youth orchestras, and summer programs. In 2015, he founded and conducted the annual East Idaho Honors Orchestra.
“All who attended your NKA course came away with a much better understanding of symphonic compositions, how they work, and how to appreciate them. We would be happy to have you back again and again and again.”
– Letter, New Knowledge Adventures administrator and student
Also an avid composer, Harville has had works performed by the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, Georgia Symphony, Wisconsin Brass Quintet, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, United States Armed Forces Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor Sanctuary Choir, in addition to other soloists and chamber ensembles. His Sonata for tuba and piano was a finalist for the Harvey G. Phillips Award for Excellence in Composition.
“My soul was indelibly changed by the visceral artistry of Grant Harville’s composition “West Bench” … the stark soundscapes of rhythms and textures accurately portrayed what I feel about this area, and fascinatingly so. There was never a dull moment, each movement seamlessly contrasted with the next.”
– Idaho State Journal (letter to the editor)
Harville’s diverse performance background includes experience as a tubist, vocalist, and violist. He has a number of tuba competition victories to his credit, including the University of Michigan Concerto Competition (performing a concerto of his own composition), First Prize in the Leonard Falcone International Solo Tuba competition, and First Prize in the Potomac International Tuba/Euphonium Festival Quartet Competition.
Harville’s vocal credits include solo and section tenor performances with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus (including a solo performance at Carnegie Hall), Georgia Symphony Chorus, Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, and Birmingham First Chamber Choir. He has served as staff singer at First Decatur Presbyterian Church (Decatur, GA), Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Atlanta), First Baptist Church (Ann Arbor, MI), and Christ Presbyterian Church (Madison, WI).
Harville earned his musical degrees from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and University of Michigan. His supplemental training includes the St Andrews Conducting Course, London Conducting Masterclass, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Conducting Workshop, Wintergreen Festival, and Omaha Symphony Conductors Workshop.
Grant enjoys reading, linguistics, being outside, being inside, and extended philosophical debates about music and everything else, with himself and others.