Thursday, May 26, 2011

Wyoming Arts Council announces recipients of 2011 performing arts fellowships

Anne Guzzo
Anne Marie Guzzo of Laramie and Jeff Troxel of Cody have been named the winners of the 2010 Wyoming Arts Council performing arts fellowships. They each will receive a $3,000 prize. An honorable mention was given to Warren Keldsen of Cheyenne.

This year’s awards honor the most exciting and creative work by Wyoming music composers.

Guzzo’s winning entry included Conigli for flute and piano, Haddayr Blogs for soprano, flute, clarinet and piano, and Scenes of Love and Hate for viola and symphony orchestra. Her compositions have been performed in 2011 at the Cortona Sessions for New Music in Cortona, Italy; at a 2010 performance of individual solo compositions in Bologna, Italy; at the China Conservatory in Beijing; and at the University of New Mexico. She is assistant professor of theory and composition in the UW Music Department.

Singer/songwriter Jeff Troxel submitted three originals songs for the competition: Joseph, November Sidewalk and The World Yet to Come. A longtime member of the Wyoming Arts Council artist roster, Troxel has performed and taught classes throughout Wyoming and the West. He has five CDs – with another on the way in June – and is a board member of the Yellowstone Jazz Festival.

Warren Keldsen has been composing and performing music for 22 years. His application included three original songs: Soul’s Highway, Bags She Carried and Watch the Angels.

Jeff Troxel
Judges for the fellowships were composer and musician Forest Greenough of Fort Collins, Colo., and Chris Guillot from Denver.

Category for the 2012 performing arts fellowships will be theatre and dance performance. Applications will be available in January 2012 with an April 2012 deadline.

For more information, contact Michael Shay, Individual artists program specialist, 307-777-5234 or

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