Press Archive 2009

Music Festival a Peak Experience of Its Own, Jackson Hole News and Guide, August 19, 2009 – August 19, 2009


Music In The Hole named Favorite Event in People Magazine – August 5, 2009

The August 10, 2009 issue of People Magazine ran a feature on Summer Music Festivals, focused largely on pop and rock Festivals throughout the United States. But when the celebrities were asked “What’s your favorite music festival?” the Grand Teton Music Festival found itself in the spotlight as actress Joely Fisher replied:

“Music in the Hole. It’s classical music in Jackson Hole with fireworks, outside under the Teton mountains. It’s amazing.”

The Grand Teton Music Festival’s annual, picnic-style, July 4th concert takes place at Alpine Field each year, and features the Festival Orchestra in its only outdoor concert of the year.

GTMF in New York Times Summer Festivals Issue, May 2009 – May 10, 2009

Published: May 8, 2009


GRAND TETON MUSIC FESTIVAL Jackson Hole, July 1-Aug. 15. A prestigious lineup of musicians visit Wyoming’s majestic mountains, where the music director, Donald Runnicles, conducts Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, works by John Adams and Aaron Jay Kernis and the premiere of a new piece by Stephen Paulus, featuring the cellist Lynn Harrell as soloist. (307) 733-1128,

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Festival Awards Scholarship to Local Student – April 27, 2009


Jackson Hole High School music student Emily Stewart wins Festival grant;

Festival’s Scholarship encourages continued Music Education

Jackson Hole, Wyoming – April 24, 2009 – In an award ceremony last night, the Grand Teton Music Festival granted a $2,000 scholarship to high school senior Emily Stewart to support her continued musical studies at the college level. Festival Executive Director Tracy Jacobson personally presented the award to Emily at the annual scholarship night at Jackson Hole High School. “It has been thrilling to watch Emily blossom into a fine young musician,” said Tracy Jacobson. She further noted, “It was inspiring to see the tremendous generosity of our community towards these talented 2009 graduates.”

Emily Stewart became involved in the education and outreach programs of the Grand Teton Music Festival as a middle school student attending StringFest in the eighth grade, and worked several summers as an employee of the Festival. As a high school violinist, she was chosen to participate in the Festival’s prized Orchestra Mentorship Program and has received several coachings with long-time Festival violinist Robert Davidovici over the last several years. “Emily has been a member of the GTMF family for many years, and it’s truly rewarding for us to be able to help her continue her musical studies,” said Liz Kintz, Director of Artistic Planning and coordinator of the Festival’s education programs. “We are excited to watch her progress.”

Emily was exuberant after receiving the award at Thursday’s event, “I just couldn’t stop smiling!”

A violinist, flutist, and pianist, Emily plans to attend the Boyer College of Music and Dance at Temple University (Philadelphia) in the fall, majoring in Music Theory and Performance.

From a child’s first experience with classical music to adult education, the Grand Teton Music Festival provides innovative programs that enrich lives every step of the way and serve more than 12,000 young students, musicians, and adults each year. The Festival’s free community and family concerts allow children and parents to share the joy of classical music together. Aspiring young musicians get ready for their first public performances through Festival-provided private instrumental instruction and programs where students perform in Walk Festival Hall – the very same stage performed on by today’s top artists. Additional programs help these same kids prepare for the future with music master classes, orchestra mentoring, and college scholarships. Programs designed just for adults provide unique access to classical music and encourage life-long learning through lively pre-concert talks, open rehearsals, and interactive concert formats.

For more information about the Festival’s education and outreach programming, contact Liz Kintz at 307-732-9959.

The Education and Outreach programs of the Grand Teton Music Festival are made possible by the proceeds of the Jackson Hole Wine Auction, grants received from the Wyoming Arts Council and the Community Foundation of Jackson Hole, and the generosity of private foundations and individual donors.

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