Wyoming Symphony to reveal new director at Thursday event

The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra takes the stage after intermission during the March 30, 2019, performance at NCHS in Casper. (Dan Cepeda, Oil City)

The curtain is about to raise on the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra’s next chapter.

During their “Prelude” event on Thursday, May 23, the WSO will introduce in person their new musical director.

The winning candidate was culled from around 100 serious applications, according to WSO Executive Director Rachel Bailey.

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Of those, 35 were chosen by the search committee for serious consideration before the final four were invited to perform with the WSO during last year’s season.

The search committee consisted of musicians and stakeholders from various arts and educational institutions in the community.

“The search committee went through all of the materials the applicants sent,” said Bailey, “which included resume and cover letter, conducting videos, repertoire selections and references.”

“The exciting thing about the application process is we were all blown away by the caliber of candidates that applied for this job,” said Bailey.

“That really speaks very well to the WSO and how far it has come with its artistic growth and relevance to the community.”

Bailey said the final candidates had clearly done considerable research on Casper, and were impressed with the community and its orchestra.

The four final candidates who guest conducted last season were Howard Hsu, Thomas Heuser, Christopher Dragon, and Ron Spigelman.

“The four candidates that we did select, all of them were wonderful,” she said. “It was such hard decision.”

The orchestra started its search process about two years ago, after it was announced director Matthew Savory would step down following his 10th season.

The winning music director will be at tomorrow’s event, “Prelude: A Culinary Evening,” which takes place at The Lyric starting at 6 p.m.

The event will be catered by renowned chef Travis Sorensen, owner and chef of Birch in Sheridan. A cash bar will also be available.

The event is also being billed as a “prelude” to the annual “Wine on the River” event, which takes place on July 24.

Tickets to both events can be purchased at the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra website or at their office.