History

Musical Directors:

Steve Grussensdorf 2012-2020

Mr. Grussendorf received his early musical training under the tutelage of Mr. Wayne McIntire while attending Natrona County High  School.  He graduated from NCHS in 1980 and attended Casper College where he was a student of Dr. Pat Patton.  After a short stint at Colorado State University, Mr. Grussendorf returned to Wyoming to attend the University of  Wyoming.  He received his BA in Music Education in the spring of 1985.

 Steve began his teaching career in Casper as an elementary music teacher.  After four years, he moved to Green River, Wyoming where he taught vocal music at Green River High School and Western Wyoming College.  In the fall of 1996, Steve returned to the Casper school system as the Director of Vocal Music at NCHS and as a part time instructor at Casper College.

In 2008, Steve entered Graduate School at the University of Northern Colorado.  He completed his requirements for a Master of Music Degree with emphasis in Choral Conducting while studying with Dr. Galen Darrough.

During  his thirteen years as Director of Vocal at Natrona County High School, his choirs have earned many local, state and national honors and have performed at Carnegie Hall in New York City on six  occasions.  He has served as the vocal director for many of the Casper College Musicals and was the musical director for Titanic.

Wayne McIntire 1972-2012:

Wayne  and Donna McIntire have lead the Casper Civic Chorale since its inception in 1972 and has grown from a nucleus of 30 singers to the present company of 75 to 100 voices.  He and Donna (wife) retired in December of 2012.

The Civic Chorale is a dedicated assembly of voices committed to presenting quality choral music for the pleasure and enrichment of the city of Casper and other communities statewide. The Chorale also demonstrates a love of the performing arts and endeavors to maintain music as a powerful and fundamental force in Wyoming’s culture. The Chorale has performed in Cheyenne, Laramie, Douglas, Sheridan, Thermopolis, and Lander; also with the Wyoming Symphony Orchestra, singing Verdi’s Requiem, Operas, Beethoven’s Symphony #9, Christmas Programs, including the Messiah and other Christmas favorites.

The Chorale was a part of the Wyoming State Choir, under the leadership of Carlyle Weiss, of the University of Wyoming. During that time, in addition to local concerts, the Wyoming State Choir gave performances with the Festival Orchestra at the Teton Music Festival in Jackson, Wyoming, Ling Tung conducting; Carnegie Hall in June, 1996, performing Brahm’s Requiem, with Helmut Rilling conducting’ Verdi Requiem with the University of Mexico Symphony Orchestra, (twice); Avery Music hall, Lincoln Center in New York City. They have also been on concert tours in England, Scotland, and Italy.

The Chorale has been on concert tours, with two performances in the Czech Republic, in Karlovy Vary and Prague, in June of 2004. The group enjoyed sightseeing, visiting Austria and Germany. In June, 2010, the Chorale traveled to Ireland and performed concerts in five cities: Galway, Clifden, Kilkenney, Killarney and Dublin. Everyone enjoyed visiting various sites of interest along the way, between cities, as well as exploring the interesting historical sights abounding in Irish cities.

Civic Chorale members pay their own way on all the trips and pay dues when singing in each concert. They represent a wide spectrum of occupations, typical of the Casper Community.

–Written by Marge Galles

OUR PAST CONCERTS

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