Grant Fonda (b. 1985) was recently a selected as a semi-finalist in the 2011 Transatlantyk Instant Composer Competition (a part of the Transatlantyk Film and Music Festival), being only one of two Americans selected for this international competition. In 2010 and 2011 Grant was named a finalist for the Sinquefield Composition Prize, and in 2006 his Of Shepherds, Angels and the Advent of a Miracle won honorable mention at the Fred Bock New Music review. Out of Darkness, Light for orchestra, choir and uillean pipes was commissioned by the Masterís College School of Music in 2007 and given nine  consecutive performances in their Come ChristmasSing concerts. He also received honorable mention for his string quintet Five Horses in the University of Aberdeen 2009 Music Prize competition, along with having several other works for choir, wind ensemble and orchestra commissioned and premiered at various colleges and churches in the U.S. Grant presently lives in Columbia, Missouri with his wife, Carley.
Grant attended the Masterís College in Santa Clarita, CA where he studied Music Composition with an emphasis in Film Scoring and Percussion under Richard Pressley and Stephen Johnson. He is currently completing work on a MM, Composition at the University of Missouri, Columbia, under the instruction of W. Thomas McKenney and Stefan Freund.