Meet Our New Arts Education Director: Monte Grisé
Monte Grisé serves as the Arts Education Director for the Missoula County Public Schools. A native of Western Montana, Dr. Grisé brings 23 years of teaching and leadership experience to this position.
Before coming to Missoula, Dr. Grisé served as the Director of Bands, Professor of Music, and Chair of the School of Performing Arts at Minnesota State University Moorhead. At MSUM, he conducted the Wind Symphony, Chamber Winds, and Pep Band, as well as teaching courses in conducting, and secondary instrumental methods. He was also the Applied Saxophone Instructor as well as the Music Education Coordinator.
In 1997, he launched his teaching career as the 5-12 Band and Choir Director in Manhattan, Montana. After completing his Master's Degree in Music at Oklahoma State University in 2002, he returned to Montana to take the position of Director of Bands at Capital High School in Helena. After several years at CHS, an offer to become the Associate Director of Bands at Idaho State University took him to Pocatello, Idaho, where he would remain until 2009, directing the Bengal Marching Band and teaching Applied Saxophone. In 2009, he was offered a teaching assistantship at James Madison University, where he completed his Doctor of Musical Arts degree in 2012.
In 2005, Dr. Grisé was recognized as a Distinguished Educator by the Helena Education Foundation, and in 2018 was awarded the Excellence in Service to the Community award presented by the Presient of MSUM, and was promoted to Full Professor in 2020.
Dr. Grisé continues to teach and serve on the board for the International Music Camp, as well as serving as a guest conductor, adjudicator, and clinician throughout the United States and Canada.