History and Mission

 
Grand Teton Music Festival (GTMF) was conceived in 1962 at the Baroness Consuelo von Gontard’s kitchen table in a cabin, and now takes place in the acoustically inspiring Walk Festival Hall. The Festival is known for orchestral performances befitting the grandeur of its Teton Mountain setting.

Early Festival concerts took place in diverse locations: a school gym, a church lawn, and eventually a large tent in Teton Village. In 1968, when Ling Tung became the first Music Director, Grand Teton Music Festival took its first steps toward becoming the renowned festival it is today. With the Tetons as an irresistible calling card, Tung framed the Festival as a summer retreat for an elite group of professional musicians.

Hailing from America’s great orchestras and conservatory faculties musicians answered the call to perform challenging orchestral repertoire with like-minded colleagues. In 1974 Walk Festival Hall was built and quickly became known for its sonorous sound. Importantly, Grand Teton Music Festival now has a permanent home with stunning acoustics.

Since 2006 Maestro Donald Runnicles has led Grand Teton Music Festival as its third Music Director. Runnicles is also Music Director of the Deutsche Oper Berlin, the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra and Principal Guest Conductor of the Atlanta Symphony.

Continuing to be “an orchestral Musicians’ Shangri-La,” Grand Teton Music Festival is known as “one of the best places in the country to hear classical music” (Wall Street Journal).

To Provide Exhilarating Musical Experiences.

Grand Teton Music Festival offers great classical and other fine music performed by outstanding artists for the enjoyment, education, and personal enrichment of all whose lives we touch.

Our exceptional musicians return year after year, inspired by the magnificent Tetons, Jackson Hole,Wyoming, and the
acoustically acclaimed Walk Festival Hall.