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Upcoming Performances

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

The Department will host 2022-2023 performances in person.  Select concerts or recitals may also be live-streamed. Each scheduled livestreamed concert will be assigned its own link, which you may access from your computer or other device. Recorded videos will be accessible from this page as they become available.

We hope you are able to join us for some or all of our performances this year!

(Check out the Fall 2022 Archive, Spring 2022 Archive, Fall 2021 Archive, Spring 2021 Archive, and the Fall 2020 Archive to access recent concerts and recordings.)



UW Symphony 2022-2023

See the UW Symphony Brochure for descriptions

Dr. Michael Griffith, conductor


Season Tickets are now ON SALE. Please visit our Box Office (Monday-Friday, 12-6pm) or call us at (307) 766-6666. At this time season tickets ARE NOT available online. Individual ticket prices will be on sale starting September 17th.


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Ghostly Romanticism for Strings and Piano

Sunday, January 22, 2023, 3:00 p.m.
In person from the BCPA Recital Hall 


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This concert features the UW Faculty Ensemble ofTheresa Bogard, piano, Sherry Sinift, violin, and James Przygocki, viola, along with guest cellist Wendy Hu. 

The program will include the Beethoven Piano Trio op. 70 no. 1 "Ghost Trio" and Schumann Piano Quartet op 47.

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Duo Sampa Presents Guerra-Peixe

The Brazilian Musical Character in Classical Music According to the Modernist Composer César Guerra-Peixe.

February 12, 2023, 3:00 p.m
BCPA Recital Hall


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Duo Sampa is composed by Helber Fernandes – piano and Lucas H. T. Martins – violin.

Helber Fernandes Ribeiro is a piano performer and instructor from Sao Paulo, Brazil. He holds a bachelor’s in piano performance from the University of Sao Paulo (USP), and a master’s in piano performance from Fort Hays State University. Currently, he in the final stages of his doctorate in Piano Performance at the University of Northern Colorado with Piano Pedagogy as his secondary emphasis.  Helber has performed in Latin America and the U.S. covering a wide range of the piano repertoire, from Baroque to contemporary composers. He has also dedicated his career to widespread Brazilian music with recitals and lectures covering Brazilian composers and Performance Practice of their works.

Originally from Jundiaí, Brazil, Lucas H. T. Martins is a DMA candidate and graduate assistant at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas. Martins is dedicated to sharing his Brazilian cultural and musical heritage, having produced, and performed in multiple CDs and solo recitals featuring works by Brazilian and Latin American composers. As a latecomer to the instrument, Martins is also passionate about teaching and sharing classical music to young audiences, having started elementary violin programs and a series of concerts and workshops in São Paulo dedicated to young musicians.

Duo Sampa brings to light earlier works by Cesar Guerra-Peixe, an influential composer in the South American modernist and nationalist movements.

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Jiwon Han Piano Recital

February 13, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Recital Hall

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South Korea born pianist Jiwon Han recently joined the UW Music faculty as a collaborative pianist  Prior to UW, he taught students as an instructor and teaching assistant at Michigan State University and University of Cincinnati.  

Han will give a solo recital of works by Beethoven,  Florence Price, John Corigliano, and Liszt.

Han is establishing himself as a versatile chamber musician and collaborative pianist. He has performed for years exclusively with artists of ÓCREDIA, the leading artist management company in Korea, including violist Richard Yongjae O’neill, tenor Ji-min Park, and violinist Zia Shin (the winner of the Queen Elisabeth Competition, the Tchaikovsky Competition, and the Long-Thibaud Competition).

As an experienced orchestra pianist, he has performed in concerts in a wide range of genres including jazz, pop, and musical productions. In addition, he had shown his musical abilities by working for making television program for live performances broadcasting as a producer for years at Korean Broadcasting System (KBS). As a conductor, he has directed for Amabile Teachers’ Orchestra, GAHS Alumni Concert Orchestra, and the GHM Choir in Korea.

As an enthusiastic researcher on classical music, one of his research interests is the music of black and female composers and the history in the U.S. around diversity and equity.



UW Chamber Orchestra: Concerto Soiree

February 16, 2022, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Recital Hall

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The UW Chamber Orchestra, directed by Dr. Beth Vanderborgh,  presents "Concerto Soiree," a program featuring soloists from the ensemble performing works by Bach, Telemann, Vivaldi, Walker, Leo, Tchaikovsky, and Piazolla.

Solists include: Shosei Ando, violin; Bryce Allen, viola; Gregory Barr, violin; Stephanie Benedict, viola; Julian Bustos, violin; Jaxon Cox, cello; Faith Danner, violin; Alison Dooley, violin; Drake Fisgus, cello;
Stephanie Flores, cello; Lydia Gilbert, viola; Brittany Kubiak, violin; Taylor LaForce, viola; Vy Le, cello; Ryan Pitesky, violin; Connor Rothfuss, cello; Giovanna Schmieske, violin; Tera Swaby, viola; Mimi Tan, viola; Anh Vo, violin; Molly Waters, bass; Sawyer Winn, viola; Sarah Wood, viola.


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"Chopin Unknown" Guest Artist Piano Duo Recital

Featuring Dr. Adam Zukiewicz and Iris Zhang

February 22, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Recital Hall 


This research performance project focuses on the study works of Chopin, “Three Learned Fugues after Cherubini,” first published in 2017 by J. Eigeldinger in the “Société française de musicology.”

After Chopin’s exploration of counterpoint, as exemplified by these study works, his music became more intricate texturally and structurally, culminating in some of his most sophisticated, complex, and popular works. “Three Learned Fugues after Cherubini” serve as a model for Chopin’s compositional development.

The entire program will include: “Fugue in A minor, B. 144 (1840-41);” “Three Learned Fugues after Cherubini (1842-46?);” “Three Mazurkas, Op. 59 (1845);” “Barcarolle in F-sharp Major, Op. 60 (1845-46);” “Ballade in F minor, Op. 52 (1842);” and “Piano Sonata in B minor, Op. 58 (1844).”

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Guest Artist Orlando Cela, flute, with Chi-Chen Wu, Piano

February 24, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
BCPA Recital Hall 


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Guest artist and Orlando Cela will be at UW for a two-day residency on February 23 and 24.

Cela will give a talk on "Career Paths for Musicians" on Feburary 23, followed by a duo recital with UW Music faculty member Chi-Chen Wu on February 24.  The recital program will feature works by Georges Enescu, Anne Guzzo, Johann Sebastian Bach, Krzysztof Penderecki, and Sergei Prokofiev

Known for his compelling renditions, using imaginative programming, Orlando Cela has premiered over 200 works, both as a flutist and as a conductor, to rave reviews from the media from the Boston Globe to the Oregon ArtsWatch.

In concert, Mr. Cela regularly offers short lively introductions to selected works, providing audiences with entry points into unfamiliar works, so that listeners can easily connect the music with other life experience. As a flutist, Mr. Cela has performed at the National Portrait Gallery of the Smithsonian (Washington DC), the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum (Boston), and at the Center for New Music and Technologies at UC Berkeley. His credits abroad include concerts at the Zentrum Danziger (Berlin), the Espace des Femmes (Paris), and at the Musikverein (Vienna). As a collaborative artist, Mr. Cela has concertized with flutist Paula Robison, tabla player Samir Chatterjee, harpsichordist John Gibbons, and with shen (mouth organ) virtuoso Hu Jianbing. He recently became a finalist in the American Prize in the professional instrumentalist division. As a conductor, he serves as the Music Director of the Arlington Philharmonic Orchestra, and the Lowell Chamber Orchestra.  A dedicated music educator, Orlando is known for his dynamic workshops and lecture demonstrations. He currently is assistant professor at Berklee College of Music, where he teaches conducting, and at Middlesex Community College, where he teaches a variety of music courses and is the coordinator of the MCC Music Outreach Program. 

As a musician active in performing, recording, teaching and research, Dr. Chi-Chen Wu is equally at home in the worlds of contemporary and classical music as well as historical performance practice.


Recently making her Carnegie Hall debut with the Helios Trio, Wu has appeared as recitalist, chamber musician, and concerto soloist in the United States, Canada, France, Italy, Spain, Germany, Luxembourg, Japan, Taiwan, China, Thailand, among others. She has performed at numerous festivals including Aspen, Monadnock, and the Boston Early Music Festival Fringe Concert Series. Her live performances have been broadcast on NPR’s live performance programs Simply Grand Concert Series, From The Top, and many others.


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UW Jazz Festival Evening Concert

February 27, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall 

The UW Jazz Festival evening concert features the Jeff Hamilton Trio, playing solo as well as  accompanied by the Wyoming Jazz Ensemble.

The Jeff Hamilton Trio is Jeff Hamilton on drums, Tamir Hendelman on piano, and Jon Hama on Bass.

Originality is what versatile drummer Jeff Hamilton brings to the groups he performs with and is one of the reasons why he is constantly in demand, whether he is recording or performing with his trio, Oscar Peterson, Ray Brown, and countless others.

The Trio’s recording, It’s Hamilton Time, received enormous airplay while reaching #5 on the Gavin national jazz radio chart. The trio’s second release, Jeff Hamilton Trio-LIVE! was nominated by critics for best jazz recording in Germany in 1997. The trio’s second MONS release was entitled, Hands On. Hamilton House-Live at Steamers was the trio’s 2000 release.

Since then, the Trio has released numerous highly-regarded albums: The Best Things Happen… (2004), From Studio 4, Cologne, Germany (2006), Symbiosis (2009), Red Sparkle (2012), and Great American Songs: Through The Years (2013) .

Their latest, Jeff Hamilton Trio – Live From San Pedro grabbed the top spot on NPR critic Ken Franckling’s ballot for Best New Release of 2018!


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UW Collegiate Chorale: "Cowboys, Sing On"

March 4, 2023, 3:00 p.m.
In person from the BCPA Concert Hall 

Cowboys, Sing On! is a University of Wyoming festival open to all choral students in the seventh through twelfth grades.  Students will sing with UW Choirs, enhance their music literacy skills, and improve vocal technique.

This event culminates with a free performance on Saturday, March 4, 2023, 3:00 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall.


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Guest Pianist Ray Kilburn

March 4, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
In person from the BCPA Recital Hall  Free

The University of Wyoming Department of Music is proud to present guest pianist Dr. Ray Kilburn, Saturday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. in the Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall.

The program will feature “Piano Sonata in A minor, D784” and “Du bist die Ruh” (transcribed by Franz Liszt) by Franz Schubert; “Widmung, Liebeslied” (transcribed by Franz Liszt) by Robert Schumann; “Etude de Sonorite No 2” by Francois Morel; and “Fantasien, op. 116” by Johannes Brahms.

A much sought-after recitalist, master teacher, and adjudicator, Kilburn serves as an artist-faculty member at Ball State University, where he teaches piano performance. He previously held tenured faculty positions at the University of South Carolina-Coastal and Peace College.

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Antonio Soria Guest Recital

March 10, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall

Concertist and professor of piano, chamber music, organ and musical language, Antonio Soria will give a guest recital featuring the works of Antonio Soler, Manuel de Falla y Matheu, Joaquín Turina, Xavier Montsalvatge, Manuel Castillo, and Arturo Moya.

Soria performs in recitals and solo concerts throughout the world, including with the Moscow Kremlin Chamber Orchestra, the Leos Janaceck Chamber Orchestra, Mediterranean Camerata, Sofia Soloists Chamber Orchestra, FM Classics Symphonic Orchestra, State Symphony Orchestra of Mexico, Greensboro Philharmonia, Orchestra della Magna Grecia, Craiova National, Orchestra Pistoiese Promusica, Symphony Orchestra of the University of Guanajuato, of the University of Nuevo León, Cappella Istropolitana, Symphony of the State of Erova, Nordharzer Staedtebuehne Theater Orchestra, and Orchestre de Chambre de Toulouse.

Other events during Soria's resdiency will include a Piano Master Class and a talk, "A Guide to Interpreting Spanish Piano Music from the Baroque to the Present," on Thursday, March 9.

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Wyoming Flute Fest

Featuring guest artists Dr. Christine Beard and Stacie Haneline

March 25, 2023
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts

Wyoming Flute Fest (formerly Wyoming Flute Day) is a day-long celebration of all things flute!

Run by Dr. Nicole Riner, Visiting Assistant Professor of Flute at University of Wyoming, this annual spring semester event includes individual master classes and general workshops for all ages and ability levels, with topics ranging from practicing effectively to conquering performance anxiety and wellness issues like breathing and physical health. A different guest artist is featured in recital each year and UW faculty and students perform and serve as mentors throughout the day. A featured exhibitor will also be present with trial flutes and piccolos, accessories for sale, and quick repairs available on-site. Registration and lunch are always free to all full-time students.

WFF is generously sponsored by University of Wyoming Department of Music and Wyoming Flute Association.

For full schedule, please visit

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UW Brass Day

Featuring UW Brass Faculty and Guests

April 8, 2023, 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall

Hosted by UW Music, UW Brass Day features brass faculty and special guest artists for a day of classes, performances, and more, and is open and free to brass enthusiasts of all ages.

Contact Dr. Wharton at for registration information.


UW Choirs Present Dr. Jessica Nápoles Guest Artist Residency

April 14, 2023, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts 2003

UW Choirs are proud to host a guest artist residency with Dr. Jessica Nápoles, Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of North Texas.

Activities include a presentation for Choral Conducting Class, clinics with Collegiate Chorale, Singing Statesmen, and Bel Canto, and a presentation for Collegiate NAfME.

Jessica Nápoles is Professor of Choral Music Education at the University of North Texas. She teaches undergraduate coursework in choral methods, conducts the Concert Choir, and mentors graduate students in research. Dr. Nápoles served as Interim division chair for Conducting & Ensembles in 2019-2020 and Interim division chair for Music Education in Fall of 2020. A native of Florida with a Cuban-American background, Dr. Napoles taught middle school chorus in the public schools of Miami and Orlando, FL. She received her Bachelor of Music Education, Master of Music Education, and PhD in Music Education from the Florida State University. Prior to her appointment at UNT, she taught at the University of Utah for 11 years.

Dr. Nápoles is an active conductor, clinician, and adjudicator, frequently engaging in guest conducting opportunities locally, regionally, and nationally. She has conducted All State and honor choirs in Arkansas, California, Delaware, Florida, Idaho, Louisiana, Maine, Massachusetts, New York, Oregon, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Wisconsin, and Utah. She has conducted the Southern, North Central/Central, and Western division honor choirs for the American Choral Directors Association (ACDA). In 2019, Dr. Nápoles made her Carnegie Hall debut as choral conductor for the WorldStrides OnStage Honors Performance Series. She was asked to return in 2020 and again in 2021.

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Guest Flute Masterclass featuring Dr. Jeiran Hasan

April 17, 2023, 5:00 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall

International prize-winning flutist, Dr. Jeiran Hasan leads a multi-faceted career as a collaborator, educator, and soloist. Hasan maintains an active schedule as a guest artist, performer, clinician, and adjudicator with events around the globe. Additionally, she has been a prizewinner or finalist in over 20 international and national competitions including the Young Artist and Orchestral Audition and Masterclass competitions of the National Flute Association (NFA), and the Young Artist competitions of numerous flute societies in the U.S. In 2019, Hasan gave the U.S. premiere of Anze Rozman's "Phoenix for Flute and Orchestra" with the Knox-Galesburg Symphony.

Dr. Hasan holds degrees from the University of Iowa (D.M.A.) and the Cleveland Institute of Music (MM and BM). She is Assistant Professor of Flute at Utah State University.

Her guest appearance at University of Wyoming will include a brief solo performance immediately followed by a master class taught to select performers from UW's flute studio. This one-hour event is free and open to the public.

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Ben Markley and Peter Sommer Duo

April 17, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall

CSU Saxophone Professor Peter Sommer and University of Wyoming Director of Jazz Studies Ben Markley present a program of standards from the Great American Songbook, including music by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and many more!

An evening of duo jazz, featuring saxophone and piano in an intimate setting, highlighting Sommer and Markley’s individual voices and long collaboration in a pared down instrumentation. We hope you can join us for a night of beautiful ballads and swinging classics!

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Spotlight Series: Songs of Today

Featuring UW Jazz Ensembles

April 20, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall

Dr. Benjamin Markley (WJE) and Dr. Andrew Wheelock (Jazz II), conductors

The Wyoming Jazz Ensemble and Jazz II Ensemble perform their inaugural Sounds of Today Concert.


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"Songs of Insurrection:" Catherine Kautsky, Guest Artist Residency

April 21, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall

UW Music welcomes guest pianist Catherine Kautsky for a two-day residency culminating in a public recital, "Songs of Insurrection," featuring the works of Beethoven, Leos Janacek, Alban Berg, Ruth Crawford, Mohammed Fairouz, and Frederic Rzewski.  

Kautsky will also lead a Piano Master Class as well as a talk, "Debussy’s Paris: Piano Postcards,” on Thursday, April 20.

Kautsky, Chair of Keyboard at Lawrence University in Appleton, WI, has been lauded by the New York Times as “a pianist who can play Mozart and Schubert as though their sentiments and habits of speech coincided exactly with hers..."

She was the 2016 winner of the Lawrence Excellence in Teaching Award, the 2013 winner of the university’s Faculty Convocation Award, and in 2017 she was honored with the George and Marjorie Olsen Chandler Chair in Music. Her recording of the Debussy Preludes, released by Centaur in September, 2014, was said to “bring out all the power, majesty, and mystery of Debussy’s conception,“ and a recording of the complete Brahms Sonatas for Violin and Piano was released in 2019 to top reviews.

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UW Collegiate Chorale: "To Sit and Dream"

April 22, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall

Join Collegiate Chorale as they share their program, “To Sit and Dream,” based on the poem by Langston Hughes. As we ponder these texts, we hope for a brighter future for all humanity. This concert will feature the Te Deum by Franz Josef Haydn, Suite Nordestina by Ronaldo Miranda, and Illuminare by Elaine Hagenberg.


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Adam Birnbaum Trio

with Seth Lewis and Andy Wheelock

April 26, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Recital Hall

Adam Birnbaum is emerging as one of the top young voices in jazz piano. Since receiving a graduate Artist’s Diploma in jazz studies from The Julliard School in 2003, he has become a presence on the New York City scene as a leader and sideman, performing in such venues as the Village Vanguard, the Blue Note, Birdland, the Jazz Standard and Dizzy's Club Coca-Cola. He has also performed on many national and world stages, including the Gilmore International Keyboard Festival, the Kennedy Center, the Montreal Jazz Festival, The Spoleto Festival, The Red Sea Jazz Festival, The Rockport Chamber Festival, NPR Jazz Christmas, and the Capetown Jazz Festival.

Birnbaum joins UW Faculty members Andy Wheelock and Seth Lewis.

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Spotlight Series: "Legacies"

Featuring the UW Wind Symphony

April 29, 2023, 7:30 p.m.
Buchanan Center for the Performing Arts Concert Hall

Robert Belser, conductor

UW Wind Symphony presents a program of band repertory that has stood the test of time. Join us for pieces that have become classics as well as audience favorites!


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