Band & Strings Achievement Day

Date: Sunday, March 11th 2018

Time: 10AM-5PM

Location: VIBES Fine & Performing Arts Registration is due by February 28th at 5:30PM

For Students of All Ages and All Skill Levels- Includes All Band, Strings, & Percussion Instruments!

Band & Strings Achievement Day

VIBES is providing an opportunity to better our music community in the Casper and Wyoming area by bringing professional adjudicators to work with our students, create performance opportunities, celebrate music study and growth, and allow students to set personal goals. This event is an amazing opportunity for students to practice performance, build confidence, and perfect their pieces! Band & Strings Achievement Day is an opportunity for individual instrumental students to perform two contrasting pieces of their choice for adjudication. Students will receive medals and certificates for their performance. All students will receive participation awards.

Super Achievers

Students that receive the highest scores on their performance evaluation are eligible to win top trophies and the opportunity to be selected to participate in the MTNA State Competition next fall for ages 11 and older.

Performance Times

Students will be assigned their performance time based on levels. (Times can be adjusted to help accommodate student’s schedules-please contact the front desk to request a specific time if needed.) We will contact you a week before the event with your students specific performance time. All payments are non-refundable.

Meet the Adjudicators

An active performer and teacher, Katherine Marie Smith is Assistant Lecturer of Horn at the University of Wyoming, Fourth Horn of the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra, Principal Horn of the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, Second Horn of the Fort Collins Symphony, served as Acting Principal Horn of the Boulder Chamber Orchestra this past Spring, and is on the sublists of numerous orchestras around the country including the Colorado and Charlotte Symphony Orchestras and the Colorado Music Festival. While pursuing her undergraduate degree with David Jolley at the Mannes College of Music in New York City, she had the privilege of performing with a wide variety of ensembles in venues such as Carnegie Hall, Alice Tully Hall, and Avery Fischer Hall. In 2005, while attending the North Carolina School of the Arts high school, Katherine was the winner of the Southeast Horn Workshop High School Solo Competition, and in 2009, she won the Columbia University Bach Society Concerto Competition. Katherine received her Master of Music degree from Northwestern University where she studied with Gail Williams and William Barnewitz. After receiving her MM, Katherine was invited to play with the North Carolina Symphony as Assistant Principal/Utility Horn during their 2011-2012 season. In 2016, Katherine had the opportunity to fill in last-minute as soloist with the Wyoming Symphony, and in May she had the honor of performing in a one-time, hand-picked Brass and Percussion Ensemble of Northwestern University Alumni. A regular in the indie folk scene, Katherine has recorded on 4 different indie folk albums and performed at Red Rocks Amphitheater with Gregory Alan Isakov and Elephant Revival. During the summer of 2016, she had the unique opportunity to tour the country with Gregory Alan Isakov and the Ghost Orchestra.

A self-proclaimed teaching addict, in addition to teaching at UW, Katherine spent the 2013 spring semester as interim instructor of horn and is a former Doctor of Musical Arts in Horn Performance and Pedagogy candidate at the University of Colorado at Boulder where she was a Teaching Assistant and studied with Michael Thornton. She has served on the faculty of several music camps and workshops and has been a guest adjudicator for many competitions and auditions.

Katherine has had the privilege of performing with dozens of different chamber ensembles including the award-winning wind quintet, 40th Parallel. Katherine is currently a member of the Snowy Range Brass and the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra Brass and Woodwind Quintets and performs regularly with chamber music groups throughout the area. She is incredibly thrilled to have the opportunity to perform in such a variety of ensembles while also actively exercising her teaching skills in beautiful Wyoming and Colorado.


Brazilian violist Glêsse Collet immigrated to the U. S. in 2016. Born in Rio de Janeiro, she moved to Brasilia as a child and spent most of her professional career there. She completed her undergraduate degree at the University of Brasília. Her MM degree in violin performance is from the Musik Hochschule in Detmold where she studied with Ernst Mayer-Schierning and her PhD in Viola performance is from the Federal University of Bahia, with a thesis on “Tuning in String Instruments (Violin and Viola)”. In 1974 she was a top-prize winner at the “Jovens Solistas” competition in Piracicaba, São Paulo. In 1983 she won the position of principal viola in the Symphony Orchestra of Teatro Nacional de Brasília (Brazil) where she played for 5 years. She has played as viola soloist with conductors Claudio Santoro, Oswaldo Colasso, Gerald Kegelmann, Piero Bastianelli, Elena Herrera and Claudio Cohen. As a member of the Quarteto de Brasília, she has performed throughout Brazil and all over the world. The Quartet has represented Brazil at performances in embassies in many countries and she has performed for high ranking dignitaries including the Presidents of Brazil, Portugal, Germany and the United States, and the Prince and Princess of Wales. Critically acclaimed recordings by the Quarteto de Brasilia have received the Sharp Prize for the “best classical music CD” in 1993, the OK Prize in 1995, the Federal District Cultural Merit Order Award in 2001 and the 9th Carlos Gomes Prize for Classical Music in the category “Best Chamber Music Ensemble of the Year”, in 2004. Collet is also featured on a solo disc of works by Brazilian composers. In 2008, Collet toured for 40 days in the U.S. with Branford Marsalis as principal viola from an all-Brazilian Orchestra.

Glesse Collet recently retired from the faculty of the Music Department at the University of Brasília where she taught Viola, Violin, Chamber Music and String Orchestra. She founded the University of Brasília String Orchestra in January 2002. The group is composed of students from the Music Department of the University of Brasilia and focuses on the exploration and dissemination of the repertoire for string orchestras, with particular emphasis on Brazilian music. It is a conductorless ensemble that often features dancers and other choreographed selections. She has worked as a sabbatical replacement for Violin and Viola in the Music Department from the Wyoming University and regularly plays Chamber Music in the Rocky Mountain region.


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