Grant Fonda is an award-winning composer originally from Coarsegold, California who has an extensive catalogue of compositions ranging from large-scale orchestral works for film and concert to miniatures for solo percussion and woodwinds. He has been a finalist in the 2011 Transatlantyk Instant Composer Competition (part of the Transatlantyk Film and Music Festival, Poznan, Poland), one of thirty internationally-selected applicants; this festival is but one avenue of Fonda's successes in scoring for motion picture and visual media. He has composed for numerous films, video games, the stage, and mini-musicals. Grant is also a gifted orchestrator, orchestrating and preparing parts for his own work, as well as several others in the music industry.
In 2012, Fonda was commissioned to compose a new work ("subliminal coercion") in collaboration with St. Louis-based artist David Johnson for the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis' Great Rivers Biennial showcase. His "Redemption Rising" for percussion ensemble earned him a spot as a finalist for the Sinquefield Prize in Composition, and he has also received honorable mention in the University of Aberdeen New Music Prize Competition for his string quintet "Five Horses." Fonda has received numerous commissions from universities, high schools, religious institutions, and various individuals throughout the United States, and is active in composing new works for percussion.
Grant is also active and successful as a musicologist, exploring relationships between 21st century fine art and film music. Most recently, his work comparing the film scores of Duke Ellington and Alexandre Desplat was selected to be included in the 2012 Music and the Moving Image Conference, held at the NYU Steinhardt School of Music in June 2012.
Fonda holds degrees from The Master's College (B.M. 2010), where he studied with Richard Pressley and Stephen Johnson, and The University of Missouri-Columbia (M.M. 2012), where he studied with W. Thomas McKenney, Stefan Freund, and Julia Gaines. He has also been selected for masterclasses with award-winning composers Armando Bayolo, Andrew List, John Mackey, and Christopher Young, and the Grammy-award winning eighth blackbird ensemble. Fonda was also one of twenty internationally selected composers to be a part of the prestigious Scoring for Motion Pictures and Television Program (SMPTV) at the University of Southern California, where he has studied with Jack Smalley, J. Eric Schmidt, and Bruce Broughton.