To conclude our search for a new Artistic Director following the departure of Dr. Brian Dowdy, three exciting candidates will each take to podium this season to present a concert during our shortened season.
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.
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 Fraser Lyric Opera, Bozeman Symphony, Boise Philharmonic, Georgia Symphony, Great Falls Symphony, Oistrach Symphony, and the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City.
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 conduct 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, Markand Thakar, Victor Yampolsky, Kenneth Kiesler, Michael Haithcock, David Becker, John Stevens, and Fritz Kaenzig.
American conductor Todd Craven is known for his musical sensitivity, affable personality and passion for classical music. Todd is the winner of the 2019 Los Angeles Conducting Competition and has held the positions of Assistant Conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic, Assistant Conductor for the Florida Grand Opera and has recently led orchestras including the Detroit Symphony, Toledo Symphony and the Virginia Symphony Orchestra.
Co-Founder and Music Director of the Orlando Contemporary Chamber Orchestra, he is passionate about performing the works of living composers. In 2016, Orlando Arts Magazine said of the “captivating” world premiere of Donald Yu’s Four Seasons, that Mr. Craven “held the ensemble together with precision, allowing each instrument to resonate while minding the role of the soloist.”
Mr. Craven was a prize-winning trumpet player and began his professional career as Principal Trumpet of the Sarasota Orchestra and performed with the New York Philharmonic, Cincinnati Symphony and was a frequent guest artist at the Sarasota Music Festival.
Todd made his conducting debut in 2012 with members of the Sarasota Orchestra and Redeemer chorus in Maurice Durufle’s Requiem. Soon thereafter he was invited to a conducting workshop in St. Petersburg, Russia where he conducted in a prizewinner’s concert with the St. Petersburg Chamber Philharmonic. Todd then returned to his alma mater the University of Michigan to pursue conducting studies with Kenneth Kiesler and later the Peabody Conservatory where he studied with Marin Alsop. Other conducting mentors include Donald Schleicher, Larry Rachleff, JoAnn Falletta, and William Wiedrich.
Described by Classical Voice of North Carolina (CVNC) as an “impressive conductor…outstanding in his attention to detail and his command of the big picture”, Hong Kong-born conductor Ho-Yin Kwok is the winner of 2017-2018 Vincent C. LaGuardia, Jr. Conducting Competition. He currently serves as artistic director and conductor of the Mississippi Valley Orchestra in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota, assistant conductor of the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra, and director of the Duluth Superior Youth Symphony.
Ho-Yin has previously served as visiting director of orchestra at the University of Minnesota Duluth and adjudicator for the Minnesota Orchestra Young People’s Symphony Concert Association’s Concerto Competition. His professional engagements in 2019-2020 include conductor of Menotti’s The Consul, co-presented by Arbeit Opera Theatre and University of Minnesota Opera Theatre, cover conductor of the Minnesota Orchestra, assistant conductor of Lyric Opera of the North, and subscription concert appearance with the Duluth Superior Symphony Orchestra.
Ho-Yin Kwok is a DMA candidate at the University of Minnesota, where he served as co-director of the University’s Campus Orchestras program and assistant conductor of the Opera Theatre. Additional studies have taken him as far as Berlin, where he conducted the Berlin Sinfonietta under the direction of Colin Metters. In 2015, 2016, and 2018, Ho-Yin was selected to be Conducting Fellow of the Eastern Music Festival in North Carolina, where he studied intensively with Gerard Schwarz, Grant Cooper, José-Luis Novo and Eric Garcia. Ho-Yin obtained a master’s degree in orchestral conducting from the University of Iowa. His principal conducting teachers are Mark Russell Smith and William LaRue Jones.