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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. 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; and was Assistant Director with the Georgia Symphony; His guest conducting appearances include the Bozeman Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Southwest Michigan Symphony, St. Cloud Symphony, Georgia Symphony, Oistrach Symphony, and Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, and recently the Civic Orchestra of Victoria.

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.

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)

A composer himself, Harville has dedicated himself the presenting contemporary works in meaningful ways. In 2022, he established the Second Performance Project, a program designed to insure that works which have already been premiered have opportunities to receive further performances. In the last two seasons the program has received over 160 submissions.

Harville’s diverse performance background includes experience as a tubist, vocalist, and violist. He appeared as tenor with the renowned Atlanta Symphony Chorus, performing as soloist with the orchestra at Carnegie Hall. With his vocal knowledge, he is comfortable and enthusiastic about serving in the opera world, having conducted productions with Manitoba Underground Opera, Frasier Lyric Opera, and the Madison Savoyards. As a choral conductor, Harville has led several choral ensembles in Victoria BC, in particular the Victoria Harmony Choir, as well as serving as Chorus Master in Great Falls for four years.

“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

Harville 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.

Others of his works have been performed by numerous ensembles and soloists throughout the US and have been heard on NPR affiliates in Wisconsin and Montana. 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. He recently put his arranging abilities on display with premieres of orchestrations of video game scores from Tetris, Celeste, and Undertale.

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.

“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

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