POWELL, Wyo. - Eleven middle school musicians won awards and scholarships at the 32nd Showalter Memorial Music Festival held Saturday, Feb. 12, at Northwest College.
Each individual recognized for outstanding musical abilities received a plaque and a scholarship to the 2011 Yellowstone Summer Music Camp. They were also asked to perform in the festival's closing concert.
From Cody, Tori Gwynn won an outstanding award for her solo soprano and teamed with Bailey Murray to win an award for their vocal duet. John Morrison was recognized for his performance on snare drums.
From Rocky Mountain Middle School in Deaver, the vocal quartet of Casey Banks, Bill Despain, Caleb Horrocks and Kirby Winland won the judge’s approval.
Oboist Sari Robertus of Joliet and pianist Elizabeth Craft of Worland were also recognized with awards.
Powell winners included Rachel Wurzel on tuba and Tucker Prante, who earned an honorable mention for his flute playing.
The festival, named after Victor Showalter, a former music professor at Northwest College, is directed by Neil Hansen, an NWC professor of music. Nearly 500 students from Wyoming and Montana participated in this year's event.