Pops in the Park on Saturday, Aug. 27, 2022. (Jake Hoffman/Hoffman PC, Oil City News)

CASPER, Wyo. — There are four Casper citizens eyeing a guest conductor’s spot for the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s annual Pops in the Park program this summer.

Only one can win.

The “Pursuit of the Podium” fundraiser was launched earlier this year to help raise operating funds for the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra. The voting ends just before midnight on Wednesday, May 31.

As of Wednesday morning, Backwards Distilling co-owner and Casper Councilor Amber Pollock is just barely ahead of Natrona County Health Trust CEO Beth Worthen. Banner Health Wyoming Medical Center CEO Lance Porter and State Farm Agent Phillip Rael round out the runners.

The WSO’s goal is to raise $30,000 in the campaign.

Votes by donations can me made here at the WSO’s Pursuit of the Podium fundraiser page. Votes can also be cast by texting “wsopodium” to 71777.

Biographies of the candidates follow:

  • Beth Worthen – CEO, Natrona Collective Health Trust 
    • As an advocate for community enrichment, Beth looks forward to donations for her fundraiser supporting concerts that bring the community together, outreach to seniors and folks with disabilities, and music education for K–12 and college students.
  • Lance Porter – CEO, Banner Health Wyoming Medical Center
    • Lance works closely with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra and recognizes the impact it has made on the Wyoming Medical Center through its Music on the Move program. He’s proud to fundraise for the Symphony to help bring the healing power of music to the community. 
  • Amber Pollock – Co-founder and partner, Backwards Distillery 
    • Amber’s music career as a violinist was greatly influenced by the WSO and by running as a candidate for the podium, Amber hopes other young minds can be molded by the Symphony.
  • Phillip Rael – State Farm Agent 
    • Recognizing that the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra is a true Casper gem, Phillip is happy to support the WSO in any way possible — even if it means taking the stage at Pops in the Park!