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The University of Wyoming Department of Music has a rich and varied schedule of performances throughout the year.

Check back often to see what's coming up next!

PLEASE NOTE: The Fine Arts Building is now The Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts (BCPA)

Tickets | Faculty Recital Series: Fall 2016 | Libby Larsen: Eminent Composer-in-ResidenceJazz Studies Concert Season 2016-2017 | Symphony Orchestra Season 2016-2017 |Musical Tour of New York CityCultural Programs

Libby Larsen: Eminent Composer-in-Residence

Eminent Composer-in-Residence for the 2016–2017 year, composer Libby Larsen (b.1950) is one of America's most prolific and most performed living composers. She has created a catalogue of over 500 works spanning virtually every genre from intimate vocal and chamber music to massive orchestral works and over twelve operas. Her music has been praised for its dynamic, deeply inspired, and vigorous contemporary American spirit. Constantly sought after for commissions and premieres by major artists, ensembles and orchestras around the world, Libby Larsen has established a permanent place for her works in the concert repertory.

Larsen has been hailed as "the only English-speaking composer since Benjamin Britten who matches great verse with fine music so intelligently and expressively" (USA Today); as "a composer who has made the art of symphonic writing very much her own." (Gramophone); as "a mistress of orchestration" (Times Union); and for "assembling one of the most impressive bodies of music of our time" (Hartford Courant). Her music has been praised for its "clear textures, easily absorbed rhythms and appealing melodic contours that make singing seem the most natural expression imaginable." (Philadelphia Inquirer) "Libby Larsen has come up with a way to make contemporary opera both musically current and accessible to the average audience." (The Wall Street Journal). "Her ability to write memorable new music completely within the confines of traditional harmonic language is most impressive." (Fanfare)

Libby Larsen has received numerous awards and accolades, including a 1993 Grammy as producer of the CD: The Art of Arlene Augér, an acclaimed recording that features Larsen's Sonnets from the Portuguese. Her opera Frankenstein, The Modern Prometheus was selected as one of the eight best classical music events of 1990 by USA Today. The first woman to serve as a resident composer with a major orchestra, she has held residencies with the California Institute of the Arts, the Arnold Schoenberg Institute, the Philadelphia School of the Arts, the Cincinnati Conservatory, the Minnesota Orchestra, the Charlotte Symphony, and the Colorado Symphony. Larsen's many commissions and recordings are a testament to her fruitful collaborations with a long list of world-renowned artists, including The King's Singers, Benita Valente, and Frederica von Stade, among others. Her works are widely recorded on such labels as Angel/EMI, Nonesuch, Decca, and Koch International.

As a past holder of the 2003-2004 Harissios Papamarkou Chair in Education at the Library of Congress and a recipient of the Eugene McDermott Award in the Arts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a Lifetime Achievement Award from the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and a Peabody award, Libby Larsen is a vigorous, articulate champion of the music and musicians of our time. In 1973, she co-founded (with Stephen Paulus) the Minnesota Composers Forum, now the American Composers Forum, which has been an invaluable advocate for composers in a difficult, transitional time for American arts. Consistently sought-after as a leader in the generation of millennium thinkers, Libby Larsen's music and ideas have refreshed the concert music tradition and the composer's role in it.

"Music exists in an infinity of sound.  I think of all music as existing in the substance of the air itself.  It is the composer’s task to order and make sense of sound, in time and space, to communicate something about being alive through music." -Libby Larsen

All events are free and open to the public

Wednesday, September 21

Vocal Arts Area Studio Masterclass, 12:05 pm

Recital Hall, with Samantha Stiner (graduate student)  and Libby Larsen

Hosts: Prof. Maureen Boddicker (soprano) and Dr. Katrina Zook (mezzo-soprano)

Chamber Literature Class, 3:10 pm

BCPA Room 3058, with Dr. Beth Vanderborgh (cello/chamber music)

Thursday, September 22

Who is Libby Larsen: Larsen Introduces Herself to UW/Laramie, 1:10 pm

Recital Hall

Faculty Chamber Music Concert: Songs from Letters, 7:30 pm

Recital Hall

Performers include Maureen Boddicker, Theresa Bogard, Mara Plotkin, Alaunde Copley-Woods, and Cristin Colvin

Friday, September 23

Advanced Composition Masterclass, 4:10 pm

Room 3058

Host: Dr. Anne Guzzo (composition/theory)

Wind Symphony

Thursday, September 29, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Guest Artist Recital: Dan Goble

Friday, September 30, 7:30 pm
BCPA Recital Hall

Chamber Orchestra

Thursday, October 6, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Faculty Recital Series: Sonatas for Cello and Piano

Sunday, October 9, 3:00 pm
BCPA Recital Hall

This program will feature two of the great sonatas from cello literature by Beethoven and Hindemith, in addition to the Sonata for Piano and Cello by the little-known English composer Ethyl Smith. Violist Glêsse Collet will also be featured on the Duet for Cello and Viola by Hindemith.


Barbara Theim, cello
Dr. Theresa Bogard, piano
Glêsse Collet, viola

Eminent Artist Recital: Stephenson

Monday, October 10, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Symphony Orchestra: Opening Night

Thursday, October 13, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Repertoire will include:

Shostakovich, Festive Overture
Liebermann, Trumpet Concerto
Guerra-Peixe, Museu da Inconfidência
Ripper, Psalmus

Scott Meredith, trumpet soloist
Carlos Costa, guest conductor

Jazz Studies: Basie and Beyond

Friday, October 14, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Celebrating music from the great bands of Basie, Ellington, Thad Jones, and more. Performed by the the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble and Jazz Ensemble II.

Jazz Studies: Jazz Combos

Monday, October 24, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Collegiate Chorale

Thursday, October 27, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Lights Along the Shore

Tuesday, November 1, 7:30 pm
BCPA Recital Hall

Choral Collage

Friday, November 4, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Community Band & Civic Chorus

Monday, November 7, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Wind Symphony

Thursday, November 10, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Jazz Studies: Pop Hits!

Saturday, November 12, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

The University of Wyoming Western Blue and Jazz Combos play pop tunes of yesterday and today.

Symphonic Band

Monday, November 14, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Symphony Orchestra: Prokofiev 5

Thursday, November 17, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Repertoire will include:

Libby Larsen, Overture: Parachutes Dancing
Mozart, Piano Concerto No. 21, Elvira Madigan
Prokofiev, Symphony No. 5


Daniel Hsu, guest piano soloist

Jazz Studies: Greg Osby Eminent Artist Residency

Monday, November 28: Masterclass
Tuesday, November 29: Masterclass
Wednesday, November 30: Masterclass

Greg Osby Quartet

Thursday, December 1, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Jazz Ensemble II, Wyoming Jazz Ensemble featuring Greg Osby

Friday, December 2, 7:30 pm
BCPA Concert Hall

Jazz Studies: Holiday Stomp

Sunday, December 4, 5:30 pm
Altitude Chophouse and Brewery

Join the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble, Western Blue, and Jazz Combo I as they play some of your favorite holiday tunes including Duke Ellington's arrangement of the Nutcracker.

German/American Recital

Wednesday, December 7, 7:30 pm
BCPA Recital Hall

Musical Tour of New York City

Saturday, December 17 - Friday, December 23

Led by Dr. Michael Griffith (email for further information)



$1750 (Two to a room)

$1590 (Three to a room)

$1505 (Four to a room)


  • New York City Ballet's Nutcracker, with choreography by George Balanchine: so many beautiful dancers, so many magical sets, and the one-ton Christmas tree that no one can ever forget.
  • The Broadway musical Cats, Andrew Lloyd Webber's wonderful, fanciful show, winner of seven Tony Awards! Plus we may have a post-show discussion with cast members.
  • Verdi's dramatic, symbolic Nabucco at the Metropolitan Opera House, starring Plácido Domingo and conducted by James Levine.
  • Jazz at Lincoln Center's Big Band Holiday show with Wynton Marsalis and the Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra.
  • Handel's Messiah at Carnegie Hall with Musica Sacre, New York's leading professional chorus.
  • The Radio City Music Hall Christmas Spectacular, starring the world-famous Rockettes and their signature eye-high kicks and precision choreography, a New York Christmas tradition which has dazzled for over 75 years.

Tours (subject to availability):

  • A guided backstage tour of the Metropolitan Opera House.
  • A guided tour of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, focusing on art inspired by music, theater, and dance, plus time to explore the entire museum.
  • A guided tour of the Steinway & Sons piano factory.
  • A tour of historic Carnegie Hall.


  • A traditional New York delicatessen feast.
  • A wonderful group dinner on Times Square.


Ice skate at Rockefeller Center, go to the top of the Empire State Building or the Statue of Liberty, see another Broadway show or opera, visit the Museum of Modern Art, or do any of the other things visitors to New York City have available. Free time has been built into the schedule for you.

The cost includes:

  • Round-trip airfare from Denver
  • Hotel rooms just a block from Times Square
  • All concert tickets, the guided tours, and the two dinners
  • Airport transportation in New York

To reserve a place on the trip, contact Philip Moline in the Fine Arts Box Office, (307) 766-6666. A deposit of $500 is due by October 1.

50% of your remaining balance is due October 14, The rest of the balance is due November 11. All costs are non-refundable unless we can replace you or get refunds for you from the airline, concert venues, etc.

The three-to-a-room and four-to-a-room discounts are available is you have roommates committed. Dr. Griffith will try to match you with others if you request it, but that cannot be guaranteed.

Not covered:

  • Most meals. The hotel is within easy walking distance of fast food, a coffee shop, a market, a deli, etc. and has its own food court. One can eat cheaply or elegantly in New York; you choose.
  • Extra sightseeing or shows on your own.
  • United Airlines checked baggage fees.
  • $31 for a week's subway pass. If you prefer, cabs are easy to hail in New York.

Course Credit:

Course credit is available under MUSC 4990, Special Topics, two credits, pass/fail. Credits are for the Winter Session, not the Fall Semester. Preview lectures from Dr. Griffith in the days prior to departure are required for credit.

New York in December is so beautiful, with holiday displays in the store windows, the famous tree at Rockefeller Center, and decorations everywhere. You won't want to miss this incredible opportunity!

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