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ABOUT

Located in Casper, WY, the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra brings live, symphonic music to Central Wyoming. We produce five concerts each year with renowned guest soloists and more than 70 well-trained local and regional musicians to create unique, high-quality performances. The WSO partners with other local organizations to create events that will enrich Central Wyoming’s cultural environment. Outreach projects through our Music on the Move program, an annual children’s concert, and a family-friendly summer concert in Washington Park are among the events we produce each year.

 

Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Music Director, Australian Christopher Dragon, was selected to lead the Orchestra in 2019. Dragon also serves as the Resident Conductor for the Colorado Symphony where he previously served as Associate Conductor since the 2015/16 Season. For three years prior, Dragon held the position of Assistant Conductor with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra, which gave him the opportunity to work closely with Principal Conductor Asher Fisch.

Christopher works regularly in Australia and has guest conducted the Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and West Australian Symphony Orchestras. His 2015 debut performance at the Sydney Opera House with Josh Pyke and the Sydney Symphony Orchestra was released on album by ABC Music and won an ARIA the following year. Christopher’s international guest conducting includes the Orquestra Sinfônica de Porto Alegre, the San Diego Symphony Orchestra and the New Zealand Symphony Orchestra.

He has also conducted at numerous festivals including the Breckenridge and Bangalow Music Festivals, with both resulting in immediate re-invitations. At the beginning of 2016 Mr. Dragon conducted Wynton Marsalis' Swing Symphony as part of the Perth International Arts Festival alongside Wynton Marsalis and Jazz at the Lincoln Center Orchestra.

Christopher Dragon began his conducting studies in 2011 and was a member of the prestigious Symphony Services International Conductor Development Program in Australia under the guidance of course director Christopher Seaman. He has also studied with numerous distinguished conductors including Leonid Grin, Paavo and Neeme Järvi at the Järvi Summer Festival, Fabio Luisi at the Pacific Music Festival and conducting pedagogue Jorma Panula.

 

2019-2020

WYOMING SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA MUSICIANS

First Violins


Rebecca Mothersbaugh, Concertmaster
Sarah McCoy, Assistant Concertmaster
Ruth Bell
Roger Hedlund
Virginia Himes
Sandra Larimore
Ashley Schnell
Leslie Bahn-Steen
Mimi Smith
Amanda Dority

Second Violins


Kaylah Maue
Ami Jacobs
Leah Jensen
Marcia Petersen
Christine Gundayao
Sierra Jensen
Susan Stanton

​​Violas


Gary DePaolo, Principal
Jacki Bryan

Steven Rich
Audrey Ortberg
Chelsea Allen

Leslie Fox

Glesse Collet

Cellos


Christine Hutchings, Principal 
Debbie Bovie
Jeffrey Johnson
Janette Leno-Thomas 
Sue Salz
Amy Wright

Basses


Ernie Glock, Principal
Kathryn Beagle
Marty Camino

Flutes


Delores Thornton, Principal
Charlotte Gruner
Beth Wasson-Haynes

Oboes


Rebecca Mindock, Principal
Lindsey Bird Reynolds

Andrew Jacobson

Clarinets


Blake McGee, Principal
Copper Ferreira

Jacob Mietz

​Bassoons


Richard Turner, Principal
Cindy Beaver

Susie McCollum

Horns


Katherine Smith, Principal
Zarah Mattox
Jennifer Swanson
Katie Watt

Trumpets


Scott Meredith, Principal
Donald Williams
Sarah Herbert

Trombones


Daniel Watt, Principal
Nathan Baker
Kiel Lauer

Tuba


Alan Harvey, Principal

Percussion


Ron Coulter, Principal
Dallas Ely
Ryan Collins
Carolyn Deuel

Timpani


Ross Coons, Principal

Piano


Kathy Williams, Principal

Harp


Jane Ann Hamman, Principal

 

Meet The Team

Executive Director

Rachel Bailey

Music Director

Christopher Dragon

Community Relations Coordinator

Tyler Pierce

Program & Event Manager

Rebecca Hebert

Librarian & Personnel Manager

Katie Watt

 

2019-2020

WYOMING SYMPHONY BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Executive Committee

 

Ryan McConnaughey, President

Ben Winckler, Vice President

Sally Belcher, Secretary

Susan Holmes, Treasurer
 


 

Board Members

Valerie Innella Maiers

Laura Angelo

Lynette Boatright

Holly Turner

Debra Park

Keith Dodson

Carol Solie

Terry Johnson

Nancy Andrew

Rob Doane

Charlotte Gruner, Orchestra Rep