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Upcoming Performances

Check out the Fall 2020 Archive to stream recent concerts and recordings.

The Department of Music is excited to continue to present high-quality student and faculty performances during this unusual time. 

While we will not be having live audiences for a while, but we will be livestreaming concerts for free for our many patrons.  We have installed a new multi-camera, high-definition, livestreaming set up in our concert hall.

You may tune in to a concert live via livestream from your computer or other device.  For many concerts, you may also access the recording at a later date.  Many of our ensembles, such as the jazz ensemble, are producing high-quality recordings rather than performing live streamed concerts.

Each scheduled livestreamed concert for spring will be assigned its own link.  Recorded videos will be accessible from this page as they become available.

While this is a challenging time in many ways, the Department of Music is embracing this challenge by finding new ways to teach and learn music.  Our students will learn new skills in recording technology and performance media.

We hope to engage our current audience while also reaching out to a larger community across the State of Wyoming to find new listeners.

We hope you will join us for some or all of our performances this year.

Spring 2021 Virtual Events


UW Symphony 2020-2021

See the UW Symphony Brochure for descriptions

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

Scottish poet Robert Burns wrote To a Mouse in 1785. But the line, “The best laid schemes o' mice an' men / Gang aft a-gley,” is just as true in 2020, isn’t it? That’s the original form of “The best laid plans of mice and men often go astray.” The more I plan, the more Burns’ words ring in my ears. 

Fall will be very different: players must be socially distanced, 10’ for winds, 6’ for everyone else. The orchestra will therefore be small, very small. Some musicians will play one concert, some the second. Concerts will be live-streamed, with no audience in the hall. If we must pivot to a virtual university (the best laid plans…), we will create musical, artistic videos for you.

Choosing repertoire for such a situation was a great challenge. I think we have music that you’ll find fascinating, and for the students that is challenging and worthy. Copland’s Appalachian Spring was originally composed for 13 players. Stravinsky’s In Memoriam Dylan Thomas, 9. I’ve also chosen works by Bach, J.C. Bach, Francesca Caccini, Ives, and Mozart, and that work perfectly in these circumstances. 

Just as Black Lives Matter, Black composers matter. Our repertoire will include an overture-symphony by Chevalier de Saint-Georges, the overture to Scott Joplin’s opera Treemonisha, and Three Nigerian Dances by Samuel Akpabot. The Chevalier was a contemporary of Mozart, Joplin wrote much more than Ragtime, and Akpabot was a distinguished Nigerian musician and my friend in graduate school. It will be a pleasure to explore this music.

In spring we may be back to normal, or perhaps not. So for March I’ve scheduled the Mahler Symphony No. 4: either in its full splendor, or in a brilliant reduction for 14-20 musicians. The Berlin Philharmonic restarted their season with this version. Maureen Boddicker will be the soprano soloist for the Mahler, and Nathan Snyder the tenor soloist for the Stravinsky. The season will then end with the Jacoby Competition. The finalists might be able to do full, Romantic concerti, or might have to choose solos designed for a small accompaniment.

Livestream dates: October 1 and November 19, 2020; March 18 and May 6, 2021


UW Symphony: Appalachian Spring

January 28, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
TBA from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

Joplin, Overture to Treemonisha
Copland, Appalachian Spring
Akpabot, Three Nigerian Dances
Hu, Red Lily Blossom
Francesca Caccini, La Liberazione di
Ruggiero Prelude
Gruselle, Postcards from Russia



UW Symphony: MAHLER'S 4TH

March 18, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
TBA from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

Maureen Boddicker, soprano
Nathan Snyder, tenor


Stravinsky, In Memoriam Dylan Thomas
Mahler, Symphony No. 4

Audience information T.B.A


UW Symphony: The Jacoby Finals

May 6, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
TBA from the BCPA Concert Hall

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor

The final round of the Dorothy Jacoby Student Soloist Competition. Student soloists, and their repertoire, to be announced after the preliminary round.

Audience information T.B.A

Pianist playing with jazz ensemble

UW Jazz Performances 2020-2021

Recordings TBA

Dr. Ben Markley, Director of Jazz Studies

In place of performances this semester, the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble will be releasing its second commercially released recording.

The album will be recorded in a remote fashion with the students recording their parts individually at their homes and then submitting them to be recorded. Additionally, many of the tracks on the recording will also come with a video of group playing the tune.

The recording will be released in the spring semester. The group plans to release videos of individual tracks as they are finished.

The Fall 2020 Archive provides access to existing recordings.

Pianist playing with jazz ensemble

Combined UW Jazz Concert

March 25, 2021, 7:30 p.m.
Livestream from the BCPA Concert Hall

The Wyoming Jazz Ensemble, Jazz Ensemble 2, and the Jazz Combos will present a livestream concert featuring 30 minutes of material from Jazz Ensemble 2, pre-recorded materials from the combos, and closing out with 30 minutes of material from the WJE.




UW Choirs 2020-2021

This academic year, the University of Wyoming choirs have been learning and making musical experiences together through virtual platforms.

The Fall 2020 Archive provides access to existing recordings by UW choirs, including Collegiate Chorale, Civic Chorus, Bel Canto, and Singing Statesmen.

Watch for additional recordings coming Spring 2021.


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