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Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra’s Make Me The Maestro fundraiser at $15K as 4 contend to be conductor

Voting via donation is ongoing with a $30,000 goal.

Tom Bass, president of Wyoming Bank & Trust, was leading the Make Me The Maestro fundraiser for the Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra on Wednesday, Sept. 13, 2023. (Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra)

CHEYENNE, Wyo. — Four community members are vying for the chance to conduct a piece on one of Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra’s future concerts, and the jockeying has raised nearly $15,000 so far.

The friendly and beneficial competition is a new fundraising initiative called Make Me The Maestro. This year’s contestants include:

  • Tom Bass, president of Wyoming Bank & Trust
  • Dr. Tracie Caller, with Cheyenne Regional Medical Group’s Medical Specialty Clinic Neurology
  • Mary Guthrie, Cheyenne’s first female city attorney and a former deputy attorney general
  • Dr. Rene Hinkle, a co-founding partner at Cheyenne Women’s Clinic

On Wednesday, Sept. 13, Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra announced that Bass is in the lead to become the Maestro.

(Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra)

With a $30,000 goal, voting via donation is ongoing at https://cheyennesymphony.org/maestro/.

The Cheyenne Symphony Orchestra is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization. The fundraising will culminate at the 65th Annual Gala on Saturday, Sept. 16, according to the website. The evening includes a cocktail hour, three-course gourmet meal, live entertainment and silent and live auctions. An online silent auction opened on Monday, Sept. 11.

More on this year’s competitors also is available on the website.