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The University of Wyoming Symphony Orchestra begins its new season under the direction of a guest conductor. As part of a so-called ‘podium exchange,’ UW Symphony director Michael Griffith conducted an American piece in Brazil.

On Thursday, Brazilian conductor Carlos Henrique Costa will conduct two works from his home country in Laramie. One piece, Museu da Inconfidência, by César Guerra-Peixe, draws on folkloric styles. The other piece, Psalmus, by living composer João Guilherme Ripper, reflects the modern urban experience.

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After more than 40 years of hosting ‘A Prairie Home Companion,’ Garrison Keillor is handing the show over to his hand-picked successor, mandolinist Chris Thile, who debuts as the show’s new host this weekend.

Dallas Singer-Songwriter Vanessa Peters On Morning Music

Oct 10, 2016
Vanessa Peters

Vanessa Peters recorded live on 10/10/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

One of the country’s oldest opera companies is bringing a rags-to-riches-to-rags story to Cheyenne on Thursday evening. The Ballad of Baby Doe tells the scandalous true story of Horace Tabor, who strikes it rich prospecting for silver and leaves his wife Augusta for a woman named Baby Doe. But when silver goes bust, the pair ends up penniless and alone.

This year marks the 67th season for the Casper-based Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. They’re calling it ‘A Moving Symphonic Season’ because the orchestra has a final concert at Casper College this weekend before returning to a newly renovated auditorium in December. 

Ann Marsden


After public universities opened their doors to women, the chance to study music composition opened up as well. But the best known, highest paid composers still tend to be men. Composer Libby Larsen is one notable exception - she is the eminent musician-in-residence at the University of Wyoming for the 2016 – 2017 academic year.

She joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to talk about her distinctly American-sounding music and some of the biggest challenges still facing female composers.

Anna Rader

Michael Martin Murphey recorded live on 9/20/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Folk Pop Trio Band Of Lovers On Morning Music

Sep 15, 2016
Band of Lovers

Band Of Lovers recorded live on 9/15/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

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The University of Wyoming is beginning another school year, and with it comes a new season of visiting performers through the school’s Cultural Programs. Janelle Fletcher is the Director of Fine Arts Outreach & Cultural Programs, and she joined Wyoming Public Radio’s Caroline Ballard to preview some of the fall season acts.

Jackson is renowned for its dramatic landscapes and outdoor recreation, but arts organizations would like Jackson to be just as well known for its world-class cultural offerings. For the first time, Dancers’ Workshop and the Grand Teton Music Festival are teaming up to cross-promote each other’s events.

“For our two organizations it just made good sense to work together and to do our part to hopefully raise the profile of the community through what we’re already doing,” explained GTMF executive director Andrew Todd.


There’s an old joke from the movie The Blues Brothers:  “What kind of music do you usually have here?” asks Elwood. “Oh, we got both kinds,” answers the bartender. “We got Country and Western!”

The official video for Pat + Victor's song, "Wyoming." Written by Victor Pokorny. Listen to Pat + Victor's entire "Stay! Positive!" EP starting Aug. 23, 2016 on iTunes, Spotify, Soundcloud, Google Play and other streaming and purchase sites. 

Nigel Bland

An unusual concert is coming to the Lander Bar on Friday, August 12. Instead of 80’s rock and whiskey shots, it’s 'Bach and Beer.' The program is part a of tour that brings classical music to informal places, like bars and coffee shops.

Caroline Ballard


The Cathedral Home for Children just north of Laramie is a boarding school for teens that have had traumatic experiences. Besides providing a safe space, the home helps the kids deal with their emotions. This summer they’re trying something new – drumming circles.

This Friday and Saturday, the little town of Riverside, Wyoming will see its population balloon from 50 to 1500. WHAT Fest has seen steady growth since moving to Riverside from Cody, five years ago.

This year’s music festival features more than 30 bands, mostly from around Wyoming. But there are also bands from Colorado and several national touring acts performing this weekend, including The Black Lillies and The Lonesome Heroes.

Atlanta Blues Rock Band Dr. Izzy On Morning Music

Jul 22, 2016
Dr. Izzy Band

Dr. Izzy Band recorded live on 7/22/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

This summer, the Grand Teton Music Festival celebrates 10 years with music director and conductor Donald Runnicles. As he tells Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer, the festival features a lineup of rising young stars as guest soloists with the orchestra.

Wyoming Public Radio’s first broadcast of the Festival Orchestra is tonight, immediately following coverage of the Republican National Convention.


A retreat for amateur and professional musicians from around the world is coming to the University of Wyoming next week. The Whole Musician retreat helps musicians reconnect with the sense of wonder and creativity that they felt when they first began playing. Whole Musician team member Megan Lanz said to accomplish this, workshops focus on self-awareness.

Sharon Martinson

CORRECTION: In the audio of this story, as in a previous Web version, musician Jalan Crossland suggests making a cake by using an Altoids tin and wiring it to a car battery. Crossland now says he was joking. To be clear: This should not be attempted. Short-circuiting a car battery can cause the battery to overheat and potentially explode.

For many Americans, summer means road trips. So Wyoming Public Radio’s Micah Schweizer checked in with a couple of touring musicians for some pro-tips you can use the next time you hit the open road.

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The Wyoming Independent Music Initiative will feature nine Laramie bands in a free concert Saturday, June 25. WIMI is a broad initiative by the Wyoming Arts Council to grow the state’s live music scene.

The Modern West #12: Wide-Ranging Sounds On The Open Range

Jun 20, 2016


The old saw may be “We play both kinds of music, Country AND Western,” but melody in the mountains is more than guitars and campfires.

Mary-Keating Bruton

Grady Kirkpatrick talked to acclaimed singer-songwriter James McMurtry ahead of his June 11, 2016 show at the Cowboy Saloon in Laramie.

A celebrated concert pianist will offer a public performance at Casper College on Friday. He’s the featured artist at this year’s Wyoming Music Teachers Association conference.

The Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra has extended the contract of its conductor. William Intriligator will remain the orchestra’s Music Director and Conductor through 2022. Intriligator is currently in his eighth season with the orchestra. His current contract was set to expire next year.

Wyoming Americana Band The Two Tracks On Morning Music

May 19, 2016
Diana Denison

The Two Tracks recorded live on 5/19/16 during Wyoming Public Radio's Morning Music show.

Bob Beck

For many years, the University of Wyoming choir programs have been recognized as among the best in the country.

Since 2008 Doctor Nicole Lamartine has been the Director of Choral activities and she’s so highly thought of that she conducts and give seminars around the world and she’s a highly regarded singer in her own right. But she also has a hidden talent as a weight lifter.

A power lifter to be exact and a pretty good one, for instance, she currently holds the world back squat record after squatting 265 pounds.

Wyoming Music Festivals: Summer 2016

May 9, 2016

Brace yourselves, Wyoming. Summer is here. Plan your music schedule now!

This festival season, take a photo of you (and your friends) at a Wyoming music festival, use the hashtag #wyofest and post it to Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter. We'll collect all of the photos and feature them on our website!