Megan Karls (Courtesy Photo)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Symphony Orchestra announced its new concertmaster on Monday afternoon.

In a press release, the WSO said Megan Karls was chosen after a blind audition process on Nov. 5 to replace its respected and long-time concertmaster Becky Mothersbaugh. The audition included musicians from across the Rocky Mountain region, the WSO said.

Karls is currently co-concertmaster with the Great Falls Symphony and resident with the Cascade Quartet.

“A versatile and accomplished violinist, Megan serves as a guest concertmaster for various symphonies and opera companies, showcasing her exceptional talent,” the release said. “Megan was also recognized as the first woman in classical music to receive the Montana Arts Council’s Artist Innovation Award for her debut video album, ‘Decommissioned: Solo Violin in Cold War Relics.'”

She has also appeared as a soloist with orchestras including the Milwaukee Philharmonic and the Great Falls Symphony.

Karls earned degrees with honors in Violin Performance and Political Science at Lawrence University and the University of Iowa, the release said. The concertmaster’s duties include working closely with the orchestra’s music director, playing required violin solos written in musical pieces and leading the entire violin section.

“We are thrilled to welcome Megan to the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra,” commented WSO Board President Rebecca Steinhoff in the release. “She brings a wealth of knowledge, artistry, passion, and talent to Casper that will continue to move the WSO towards a bright future.”

“On behalf of the WSO board, staff, and greater community I would also like to thank former Concertmaster Becky Mothersbaugh for her years of dedicated service and leadership in advancing the orchestra’s artistic excellence. Becky’s passion for music and unwavering commitment have left an indelible mark on the organization, both on and off the stage.”