GRANT HARVILLE

ABOUT

“Harville has made it grandly apparent why he was selected to be the Director for the Civic Symphony.”

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 Great Falls Symphony, Bozeman Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Georgia Symphony, Oistrach Symphony, and Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City. He has collaborated with various artists of international stature, including Bela Fleck, Martina Filjak, Chee-Yun, William Hagen, Stephanie Chase, Jiji, Patrick Sheridan, 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 clinics for numerous 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.

Harville is represented by William Reinert Associates, Inc.

The Great Falls Symphony opened its new 2017-2018 season under the leadership of new director Grant Harville. What a marvelous, fun program. For the evening, Great Falls’ new maestro earned five stars in the Michelin galaxy. A great start.

 

– Great Falls Tribune (letter to the editor)

“Harville has made it grandly apparent why he was selected to be the Director for the Civic Symphony.”

 

– Idaho State Journal

“Grant Harville took charge for Ravel’s “Introduction and Allegro” … the small group had no technical problems, and the music shimmered exquisitely, thoroughly bewitching.”

 

– ArtsCriticATL.com

“Conductor Grant Harville has pulled together an orchestra that starts out the run in more polished shape than I can recall from past years.”

– Isthmus

“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

“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) 

“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