Meet The Maestro

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

-Idaho State Journal

Winner of the London Conducting Masterclass Competition and the Agatha C. Church Conducting Award, Grant Harville is the Artistic Director and Conductor of the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, where he is charged with the musical leadership of all ISCS concerts (classical, pops, family, and holiday), as well as the organization’s numerous ancillary and educational programs.  His tenure has been marked by high artistic standards, adventurous programming, and fiscal stability, earning enthusiastic responses from orchestra, audience, board, and staff.

Harville has previously served as Associate Conductor of the Georgia Symphony, Director of the Georgia Youth Symphony, Orchestra Director at Ripon College, and Music Director for multiple Madison Savoyards productions.  Some of his recent activity includes guest conducting appearances with the Georgia Symphony Orchestra, the Philharmonia of Greater Kansas City, and the Oistrach Symphony.  As winner of the London Conducting Masterclasses competition, he received an invitation to conduct the Graz Chamber Philharmonic in August 2016.

Guest artists with whom Harville has collaborated include Bela Fleck, Time for Three, Chee-Yun, Martina Filjak, Patrick Sheridan, and Helen Kim, along with various members of the Idaho State University faculty and numerous young artist competition winners.  While in Atlanta, he accompanied several soloists from the Atlanta Symphony Orchestra, including Elizabeth Koch, Kenn Wagner, and Thomas Hooten (now Principal Trumpet with the Los Angeles Philharmonic).  He invited Sergiu Brindusa and Beth Moore of the Brindusa-Moore Ballet Academy to perform with the ISCS in February 2015 (to audience raves) and twice conducted collaborations between the Georgia Youth Symphony and Georgia Ballet.

A devoted educator, Harville is Professor of Music at Idaho State University, conducting the ISU Chamber Orchestra and ISU Theater productions while teaching music theory and aural skills.  He has taught music appreciation courses for adults in several continuing education programs in both Idaho and Georgia.  He spent the 2011-2012 season as Choir Director for the Atlanta Music Project, an El Sistema-based music education program dedicated to underserved youth in urban Atlanta.  He has appeared as Guest Lecturer at Kennesaw State University (conducting the University Symphony and Philharmonic) and Jacksonville State University (teaching conducting and composition), and has given clinics for numerous school orchestras, honors orchestras, youth orchestras, and summer programs.  In 2015, he founded and conducted the inaugural East Idaho Honors Orchestra.

Also an avid composer, Harville has had works performed by the Idaho State-Civic Symphony, Georgia Symphony, Wisconsin Brass Quintet, University of Michigan Symphony Orchestra, United States Armed Forces Tuba-Euphonium Ensemble, and First Baptist Church of Ann Arbor Sanctuary Choir, in addition to other soloists and chamber ensembles. His Sonata for tuba and piano was a finalist for the Harvey G. Phillips Award for Excellence in Composition.


“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) 


Harville’s diverse performance background includes experience as a tubist, vocalist, and violist.  He has a number of tuba competition victories to his credit, including the University of Michigan Concerto Competition (performing a concerto of his own composition), First Prize in the Leonard Falcone International Solo Tuba competition, and First Prize in the Potomac International Tuba/Euphonium Festival Quartet Competition.

Harville’s vocal credits include solo and section tenor performances with the Atlanta Symphony Chorus (including a solo performance at Carnegie Hall), Georgia Symphony Chorus, Isthmus Vocal Ensemble, and Birmingham First Chamber Choir. He has served as staff singer at First Decatur Presbyterian Church (Decatur, GA), Holy Spirit Catholic Church (Atlanta), First Baptist Church (Ann Arbor, MI), and Christ Presbyterian Church (Madison, WI).

Harville earned his DMA from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and MM from the University of Michigan.  His supplemental training includes the London Conducting Masterclass, Baltimore Chamber Orchestra Conducting Workshop, Omaha Symphony Conductors Workshop, the DePaul University Conductors Workshop, and the Conductors Institute of South Carolina.

Grant enjoys reading, linguistics, being outside, being inside, and extended philosophical debates about music and everything else, with himself and others.

© Idaho State Civic Symphony 2017