Opera Cowgirls to Open The Arts at WT Season Sept. 22

Chip Chandler Sep 13, 2022
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Opera Cowgirls to Open The Arts at WT Season Sept. 22

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CANYON, Texas — A mashup of old-school classics and new-world twang will entertain audiences at the first event of the season for a special spotlight series at West Texas A&M University.

The Arts at WT: A Subscription Series will kick off with “An Evening with the Opera Cowgirls,” a concert event and cocktail buffet.

The concert will begin at 6 p.m. Sept. 22 in the Alumni Banquet Dining Hall on the WT campus in Canyon.

Admission is free for The Arts at WT members or a suggested minimum donation of $50 each for nonmembers.

RSVPs from The Arts at WT members are requested by Sept. 15; nonmembers can donate at Call 806-651-2777 or email

The Opera Cowgirls quintet—which features Sarah Beckham-Turner, WT assistant professor of music—bills itself as the intersection of grand opera and the Grand Ole Opry.

Members also include Caitlin McKechney, Mila Henry, Maria Maxfield and Jessica Sandidge. Each performs traditional country-music instruments such as mandolins and guitars while singing a mixture of opera arias and western songs.

Katy Moore, a WT alumna and Amarillo Symphony associate concertmaster, will perform as well.

“We are all professional opera singers and musicians who also happen to love country music,” Beckham-Turner said. “We create our own versions of opera and country classics using our unique instrumentation. From the swankiest of parties to the grungiest of bars, Opera Cowgirls are sure to entertain.”

Fostering an appreciation of the arts is a key component of the University’s long-range plan, WT 125: From the Panhandle to the World.

That plan is fueled by the historic, $125 million One West comprehensive fundraising campaign. To date, the five-year campaign — which publicly launched Sept. 23 — has raised more than $110 million.




About West Texas A&M University

WT is located in Canyon, Texas, on a 342-acre residential campus. Established in 1910, the University has been part of The Texas A&M University System since 1990. WT, a Hispanic Serving Institution since 2016, boasts an enrollment of about 10,000 and offers 59 undergraduate degree programs and more than 40 graduate degrees, including two doctoral degrees. The University is also home to the Panhandle-Plains Historical Museum, the largest history museum in the state and the home of one of the Southwest’s finest art collections. The Buffaloes are a member of the NCAA Division II Lone Star Conference and offers 14 men’s and women’s athletics programs.