POWELL, Wyo. - The annual Showalter Memorial Music Festival will mark its 30th year with a change of day. The festival, which has previously always been held on a Saturday, moves to Monday, Feb. 16.
Outstanding performers of the day will present a free concert at 4 p.m. in the Nelson Performing Arts Center Auditorium.
More than 500 middle school musicians are expected to arrive on the Northwest College campus to perform as soloists and in small ensembles for adjudicators. This year's clinicians are Marianne Bibbey, Tom Bibbey, Mike Masterson, Craig Olson, Tim Schoessler, Gerry Scott and Vicki Streeter.
Middle school students are expected from Basin, Burlington, Byron, Cody, Deaver, Frannie, Greybull, Lovell, Manderson, Powell, Ten Sleep, Thermopolis, Worland, and from Fromberg, Joliet and Red Lodge, Mont.
Each musician who receives an excellent or superior rating will be awarded a scholarship to the 2009 Yellowstone Summer Music Camp.
The festival is named in memory of Victor Showalter, a former music professor at NWC who launched the first festival over 30 years ago. It's open to brass, woodwind, percussion, piano and voice students in grades five through eight.