Meet The Candidates

The future is now – the Final 4 – Who will be the next Maestro? Join the Great Falls Symphony in the search for a new conductor.

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Grant Harville

“A recent transplant to the Mountain West myself, I’ve had some tantalizing glimpses of the kind of inspiring and dedicated arts community Great Falls is. I’m honored to be a part of the Symphony season this year, and I’m hoping it’s only the beginning of a long and joyful relationship.”

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, 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.

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Roger Kalia

“I am looking for a place to build something special, inspire, and create excitement within the community, and I am confident that Great Falls, a beautiful city that is brimming with artistic possibility, is this place, and that the Great Falls Symphony and I can make this happen. By balancing timeless classics with fresh, new works as well as innovative and unique community collaborations, together we can transform lives and make symphonic music an integral part of the cultural fabric of this city.”

Hailed as a conductor who conducts with “vigor” and “commitment” by the Charlotte Observer and for bringing a “fresh view to classical music” by The Republic, Roger Kalia is currently the Assistant Conductor of the Pacific Symphony as well as Music Director of the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra. Previously, he served for two seasons as Assistant Conductor of the Charlotte Symphony, where he conducted the orchestra in a variety of performances and invigorated the orchestra’s engagement with the community. He also serves as Co-Founder and Music Director of the Lake George Music Festival in upstate New York, the premier musical arts festival in the region, which has been featured in Time Out New York Magazine and voted Lake George’s “Best Annual Event” in 2015.

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Matthew Brown

“Great Falls is a vibrant, yet relaxed town with a fantastic orchestra, set against a backdrop of staggering natural beauty. I would love to make music with the people of a community where both the natural and cultural landscapes are so cherished by its residents. I look forward to getting to know the Great Falls community during my visit in the spring, and hopefully for years to come.”

Matthew Brown has worked with musicians of all ages and levels ranging from elementary school string ensembles to professional orchestras. He currently is the Director of Orchestras at American University in Washington DC, Music Director of the International Conductors’ Festival of Kiev, Ukraine, Associate Conductor of the Chesapeake Youth Symphony in Annapolis, and frequent adjudicator and/or guest conductor at various orchestra competitions and honors orchestra events throughout the state of Maryland. This past January he guest conducted the Grand Junction Symphony Orchestra in Colorado, and has previously served as Cover Conductor for the Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Associate Conductor of the Canton Symphony and Music Director of the Canton Youth Symphony in Ohio, and Music Director of the Harbor Opera Company.

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Michael Hall

“I am a passionate conductor who has the ability to inspire and bring out the best in the musicians. I have the experience to work productively with the Executive Director and the Board, to continue to build on the artistic strategies and successes already in place, and to seek new and engaging ways to present the great Masterworks to the community.”

Concluding his second season as Music Director of the Kennett Symphony, Maestro Hall is recognized for his inspired performances, imaginative programming, and passion for developing new audiences.

In addition to his recent appointment as Principal Guest Conductor of Florida’s Space Coast Symphony, Hall has appeared with many of today’s leading ensembles , including the Houston Symphony, the Toronto Symphony, the Vancouver Symphony, the Louisiana Philharmonic, the Orquesta Sinfónica Nacional de Costa Rica, the Toledo Symphony, the Windsor Symphony, the Manitoba Chamber Orchestra, and the Northeastern Pennsylvania Philharmonic. This upcoming season includes engagements with the Prince George Symphony Orchestra in British Columbia, Canada, where he is a finalist for the Music Director position, as well as a return to the Tucson Symphony.

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The candidates will be conducting the following concerts:

Grant Harville: Season’s Greetings/December 4th
Roger Kalia: New World/New Directions/February 25th
Matthew Brown: Amadeus!/April 1st
Michael Hall: Tchaikovsky Untuxed/January 21st