Wyoming Arts Council


A second generation Wyomingite born in Jackson Hole, the Music of Byron Paul Tomingas is undoubtedly infused with the character of this beautiful valley. His love of music and talent took him to the one of the world's great creative arts colleges; Cal-Arts where he earned a degree in Concert Guitar with Graduate studies, but his love of this area brought him back home.

Byron studied with many master performers and musicologists around the world and became a world class soloist in his own right. Master Classes and studies included such musical luminaries as; Ghilia, Purcell, Diaz & Segovia in Guitar, Leonard Stein, conducting, Morton Subotnick, composition, Ravi Shankar, Sitar and Cesare Pascarella, (Roth Quartet) Chamber Music.

Tomingas has performed with Symphonic orchestras, Chamber Groups and of course solo on stage, radio and many PBS Television programs as well as composing music for several award winning films. Immersed in theater, film, fine art, world music, technology and creative performances and he's traveled the globe as a speaker or performer from Sydney Australia to Hungerford England to Salt Lake City to Frankfurt Germany. But the pull of his home was too strong and so Byron returned to Jackson to live "forever" spending each moment in the far reaches of the valley with his dog Tango with only occasional forays for events.

Since 2006 Byron Tomingas has played regularly at Jenny Lake Lodge, with concert performances at the Center for Arts, Dornan's, the National Museum of Wildlife Art, the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum and others for nearly a decade with a huge repertoire of well over 350 complex fully memorized songs from nearly every genre. In addition, for his "Ted" type musical talks, Byron draws from a vast number stories of early Jackson Hole as well as his own scientific and philosophical pursuits, for instance; "Creativity - Emotion & Logic have never even been introduced" and "What's the Blues".

Byron has received many awards, most recently Gold for "Best Classical Musician" for the fourth year in a row. And most significantly, a $25,000 Oribe Concert Guitar was presented to him in San Diego as a "Lifetime Achievement Award in Music".