Virtuoso Series Concert, John Seesholtz, Baritone

With Chris Reed, Piano CSU faculty members Dr. John Seesholtz and Chris Reed perform art songs by Franz Schubert, Stefano Donaudy, Hugo Wolf, and Samuel Barber, as well as many traditional African American Spirituals.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Peter Sommer, Saxophone

Saxophone Sonatas from Around the Globe With Tim Burns, Piano CSU faculty members Peter Sommer and Tim Burns present a program of great literature from around the world, including masterworks by Bernhard Heiden and Takashi Yoshimatsu, and a transcription of Csar Franck’s well-known Sonata for Violin in A major. “I’m excited to present a program [...]

2017 International Horn Competition of America

The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University is proud to host the 2017 International Horn Competition of America at the University Center for the Arts. The International Horn Competition of America is open to hornists of all nationalities. The competition does not discriminate based on the model of horn, tone color, [...]

Music in the Museum Series, John Seesholtz, Baritone / FREE

With CSU Faculty Artists, and Dr. Dave Riep, Exhibition Curator The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances by CSU Music faculty and brief historic background given by faculty from the Department of Art and Art History and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. We invite you to holistically [...]

Guest Artist: John Fadial, Violin / FREE

John Fadial has served on the faculty of the University of Wyoming since 2008. He maintains a vigorous schedule of teaching and performing at home and around the world.

Student Recital: Genevieve Sullivan, Voice

Student Recital: Andrew Meyers, Horn

Virtuoso Series Concert, Shilo Stroman, Percussion

CSU faculty member Shilo Stroman has assembled a “killer” band for the recital of covers featuring a diverse set of female-led rock, punk, and funk artists!

Virtuoso Series Concert, Margaret Miller, Viola

With Tim Burns, Piano CSU faculty members Margaret Miller and Tim Burns perform a classic work by Robert Schumann, alongside several lesser-known works by Alessandro Rolla, Alan Hovhannes, and Anton Rubenstein. “I feel that I have barely scratched the surface of the fabulous repertoire available for viola and piano,” says Miller. “Come share it with [...]

Guest Artist: Payton MacDonald, Percussion / FREE

The extraordinary Payton MacDonald gives a recital involving multiple percussion instruments utilized in a varied and interesting fashion. Described by the Los Angeles Times as an "...inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer...," MacDonald is a full professor of music at William Paterson University and is co-artistic director of SHASTRA, an organization bringing together music [...]

University Symphony Orchestra & CSU Theatre Present: Every Good Boy Deserves Favor

The University Symphony Orchestra and CSU Theatre perform Every Good Boy Deserves Favor, the brilliant effort between composer Andre Previn and the fecund playwright Tom Stoppard. Not often produced due to the challenge of staging a play requiring a full orchestra, the production — conducted by Maestro Wes Kenney and directed by Dr. Eric Prince [...]

Voice Area Recital / FREE

Performances of art songs and arias from undergraduate and graduate voice majors.

Jazz Ensembles Concert

Centennial Celebration of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie Jazz Ensembles I and II present classic and new arrangements for big band featuring the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, honoring their 100th birthdays. “The influence of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk on jazz music from the 1940s forward cannot be overstated,” says Peter Sommer, [...]

Guest Artist: Joel Becktell, Cello / FREE

Bach in Time Joel Becktell presents suites by J.S. Bach on the Baroque, as well as on the modern cello. Becktell has performed, taught, and lectured throughout North and Central America and Europe, is assistant principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony, and a member of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus (Ohio). He is [...]

Student Recital: Aidan King, Trombone

Classical Convergence, Black Violin

Two classically trained violinists – along with their band, featuring turntable whiz DJ SPS – blend classical, hip-hop, rock, R&B, and bluegrass into a groundbreaking signature sound. Black Violin‘s collaborations with P. Diddy, Tom Petty, Aerosmith, Aretha Franklin, and The Eagles attest to their genre-bending prowess. “Black Violin’s [music] exploded into a majestic mushroom cloud [...]

Student Recital: Katie Gardner, Violin

Guest Artists: Bruce Tychinski, Trombone, and Heidi Lucas, Horn / FREE

Dr. Bruce Tychinski is on faculty at the University of Delaware, and is an active performer and clinician in the Northeast with orchestras, bands, jazz and commercial groups, and chamber ensembles. Dr. Heidi Lucas is on faculty at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and has extensive orchestral experience and background in commissioning.

Symphonic Band Concert

An American Songbook The Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Richard Frey, kicks off their season with a vibrant program of American works for wind band. Combining patriotic and contemporary pieces, this concert explores music in our contemporary society. Vincent Persichetti’s stirring A Lincoln Address, and Christopher Nelson’s beautiful setting of Wayfaring Stranger, are highlights of [...]

Guest Artist: Sarah Craft and Megan Pachecano, Voice / FREE

With Chris Reed, Piano Entrepreneurial Workshop, TBA This recital features the young New York City artists who’ve experienced successful careers through entrepreneurial and non-traditional means. Sarah Craft is a full-time classical musician, and Megan Pachecano has worked to build a society for Latina/Latinos in NYC opera, while singing for several opera companies and performing in [...]

Student Recital: Paul Walcott, Cello

Student Recital: Abigail Nelson, Cello

Chamber Choir and Concert Choir Concert

The first choral concert of the academic year features CSU’s two auditioned ensembles: the Chamber Choir and the Concert Choir, both conducted by Dr. James Kim. The Concert Choir performs repertoire from the vast history of choral music, particularly the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the modern eras. The 250th anniversary of the death of prolific [...]

Student Recital: Anthony Federico, Bassoon

Colorado Clarinet Day

Join us and our special guest artist Mark Nuccio, principal clarinetist of the Houston Symphony, for a day of all things clarinet, including recitals, lectures, master classes, and more. Vendors will be on hand with instruments and accessories for attendees to explore. Registration required. Contact:

Guest Artists: Mark Nuccio, Clarinet, and Wendy Chen, Piano / FREE

Mark Nuccio is principal clarinet with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, following seventeen years with the New York Philharmonic, and is on faculty at the University of Houston's Moore School of Music. With an impressive collection of national and international awards, Wendy Chen has garnered critical acclaim for her engagements with leading orchestras and concert halls [...]

Percussion Ensemble Concert

With Guest Peter Ferry, Percussion The concert features the music of Elliot Cole, performed with guest percussionist Peter Ferry. Proclaimed by the New York Times as a "charismatic contemporary bard,” Cole’s work has been performed by A Far Cry, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and over 100 percussion ensembles around [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert, Barbara Thiem, Cello

With Theresa Bogard, Piano The duo of Thiem and Bogard return for a program of standard cello repertoire and unusual pieces, including Sergei Rachmaninov and Bohuslav Martinů sonatas. Barbara Thiem is professor of cello at CSU, and Theresa Bogard is chair of the Department of Music, University of Wyoming.

Music in the Museum Series, Andrew Jacobson, Oboe / FREE

With It Could Be Anything members, and Annie Krieg, instructor of Art History The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances and brief historic backgrounds by music and art faculty. We invite you to holistically absorb the power of music and the visual arts and the relationships between them through [...]

Concert Orchestra and University Chorus Concert

The orchestra, conducted by Leslie Stewart, opens their program with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, followed by Suilean a Chloinne (Children's Eyes) by Jennifer Margaret Barker. Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony, Op. 4 concludes the program. “Mozart wrote his first symphony when he was only eight! Britten's symphony is based on piano [...]

Guest Artist: Triptych Trio / FREE

As a compositional collective, the trio – Grammy-nominated violinist Zach Brock, bassist Matt Ulery, and drummer Jon Deitemyer – creates repertoire that is an unorthodox combination of post-Romantic classical, Appalachian, and American jazz dialects fused with rhythms from West Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe.

Wind Symphony Concert

Find Your State: State of Inspiration The 2017-2018 Wind Symphony season highlights CSU’s commitment to community, spirit, innovation, and inspiration. All of these ideals clearly connect to music and the arts, and the ensemble, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, begins its season by highlighting works of inspiration by great composers from home and abroad. Each [...]

Student Recital: Joshua Greiner, Cello

Student Recital: Andria Hall, Voice

Student Recital: Kadi Horn, Viola

Homecoming 2017: Alumni Marching Band

We’re excited to announce the 2017 Alumni Marching Band as part of CSU’s Homecoming and Family Weekend on October 13-14! We hope that you’ll join us for the first Alumni Marching Band in the new on-campus stadium, as we bring together members from throughout our 117-year history. Reconnect with friends, meet others who have shared [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert, Janet Landreth, Piano

CSU faculty member Janet Landreth performs works by the “Poet of the Piano,” Frederic Chopin, who captures the passion of 19th century romanticism: poignant lyricism, chromatic expressiveness, and brilliant virtuosity. “Chopin’s music speaks to me in a very personal way, particularly after performing in Mallorca, Spain and visiting Valldemosso, the monastery where Chopin lived and [...]

Student Recital: Ian Maxwell, Percussion

Classical Convergence, PUBLIQuartet

This ‘genre-independent’ string quartet pushes traditional boundaries by showcasing new music and supporting emerging composers, featuring works that range from the classical canon to jazz, and often including open-form improvisation. Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Founded in 2010 and dedicated to presenting [...]

Guest Artist: Denver Art Song Project / FREE

Art Songs that go bump in the Night! Join the Denver Art Song Project as they perform spooky songs for Halloween. Experience art songs paired with stories, visual art, and super-titles in their unique and conversational style. Featuring CSU Vocal Professor Dr. John Seesholtz, DASP Artists Sarah Stone, Eapen Leubner, and Mallory Bernstein.

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

Directed by John Carlo Pierce, Conducted by Wes Kenney The amusing tale of a pair of brothers and a pair of sisters, embroiled in a love quadrangle for the ages. Confusion and jealousy arise when a love letter is intercepted, and its contents misunderstood. "The comedic aspect of this opera is unique among Handel's output,” [...]


Guest Artist Masterclass: 3:30 p.m.; Guest Artist Recital, 5 p.m.; CSU Tuba Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m. Octubafest is an evening of celebration of the tuba with a masterclass and two recitals as the tuba moves from the back row to center stage, featuring guest artist Brian Kiser, professor of tuba at Youngstown State University. Enjoy [...]

2017 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

The organ studio and CSU faculty member Joel Bacon present the 12th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit!

Student Recital: Peter Hirscchorn, Percussion

Virtuoso Series Concert, Patty Goble, Soprano; Dan Goble, Saxophone; and Russell Hirshfield, Piano

Cycles CSU faculty member Patty Goble, Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Dan Goble, and Western Connecticut State University faculty member Russell Hirshfiled perform music for voice, saxophone, and piano by Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frank Ticheli, Joan Tower, and Piet Swerts.

Guest Artist: Ed Saindon, Percussion / FREE

Ed Saindon, professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music and one of New York’s premier vibraphonist, gives a jazz recital of standards accompanied by CSU faculty and students.

Student Recital: Samantha Post, Flute

Student Recital: Sicong Zhou, Piano

Student Recital: Eric Lagergren, Trombone

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music

The unique chamber music program includes Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes performed by vocalists Tiffany Blake, Sarah Barber, John Pierce, and John Seeholtz with pianists Chris Reed and Tim Burns; Aaron Copland’s Threnody I: In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky and Threnody II: In Memoriam Beatrice Cunningham for flute and string trio performed by Dawn Grapes, Leslie Stewart, [...]

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

A recital presented by woodwind students from the studios of Dr. Wesley Ferreira, Professor Andrew Jacobson, Dr. Gary Moody, Dr. Michele Stanley, and Professor Peter Sommer features classic and modern literature for chamber groups and soloists.

Trombone Studio Recital / FREE

The members of the trombone studio present a recital with a variety of solos and chamber ensembles.

Student Recital: Nicholas Louis, Voice

Student Recital: Becca Stapfer, Clarinet

Student Recital: James Ackermann, Saxophone

Student Recital: Ayo Derbyshire, Horn

Student Recital: Kennedy Malone, Clarinet

It Could Be Anything Concert

New Music Ensemble What happens when CSU’s New Music Ensemble members combine their energy, talent, and vision? It Could Be Anything! Under the direction of Andrew Jacobson, the group showcases growth and change in music by focusing on trends in the global arts world.

Student Recital: Jiayi Qi, Piano

Clarinet Studio Recital / FREE

The dynamic studio of Dr. Wesley Ferreira performs solo and chamber works from the clarinet repertoire. “This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and to gain performance experience. Likewise, this is a wonderful opportunity for our audience hear a variety of music that showcases the clarinet’s versatility,” says Ferreira

Virtuoso Series Concert, Tiffany Blake, Soprano

With Chris Reed, Piano A recital of art songs.

Music in the Museum Series, Joel Bacon, Harpsichord / FREE

With CSU Faculty Artists, and Dr. Emily Moore, Assistant Professor of Art History The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances and brief historic backgrounds by music and art faculty. We invite you to holistically absorb the power of music and the visual arts and the relationships between them through [...]

Classical Convergence, Morgenstern Trio

Named after the famed poet Christian Morgenstern, this German piano trio has been praised for their “unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination” by The Washington Post. *Public pricing may increase by $5-$10 based on inventory

Brass Area Recital / FREE

A recital presented by brass area students from the studios of Dr. John McGuire, Professor Caleb Hudson, and Professor Stephen Dombrowski features repertoire for chamber groups and soloists.

Jazz Ensembles Concert #2

Music of Colorado Composers Back by popular demand, Jazz Ensembles I and II perform the music of composers from the great state of Colorado! The Centennial State is home to some of the greatest modern big band composers in the country, including resident composer Wil Swindler. “We had a great time featuring music from our [...]

Medieval Music Concert

The Play of Daniel With Guest John Carlo Pierce, Tenor; Directed by Joel Bacon Pre-Concert lecture given by Dr. Bacon at 6:30 p.m. The unique program features a performance by students and faculty of The Play of Daniel (Ludus Danielis), a sung drama from 13th century France. The play tells the biblical story of Daniel – [...]

Sinfonia Concert

Under the direction of Professor Wes Kenney, the select chamber orchestra is known for performing music from the Baroque to contemporary while specializing in the Classic period music of W.A. Mozart and Joseph Haydn.

Guest Artist: Ad Hoc Cello Quartet / FREE

Back by popular demand, the quartet returns with varied repertoire and a final number with cello students joining the quartet for a cello choir selection.

Graduate String Quartet Concert / FREE

This year begins a new two-year cycle for the Graduate Quartet Program. The new members are Frangel Lopez Cesena from Mexico and Ryan Foley from Boulder on violin, Rosa Cole from Mexico on viola, and Julius Hochmuth from Fort Collins on cello. The ensemble performs repertoire from the wonderfully varied string quartet genre.

2017 Holiday Spectacular

Open Dress Rehearsal for CSU Students only: Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m. (FREE, but ID required) Public Performances: Thursday, November 30, 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with our family-friendly and wildly popular annual presentation! Featuring performances from CSU ensembles and other special guests, this charming evening of [...]

Student Recital: Weijia Huang, Piano

2017 Parade of Lights Preview / FREE

The CSU Marching Band returns to the 2017 9NEWS Parade of Lights, leading the annual event through the streets of downtown Denver on Friday, Dec. 1. Support the band during this hometown parade preview on the streets around the University Center for the Arts.

Concert Orchestra Concert / FREE

Baroque Showcase With Guest John McGuire, Horn With three varied pieces from the Baroque period, the concert features both well-known and relatively unknown music. Written for King George I, the premiere of George Frideric Handel's Water Music was performed by 50 musicians on a barge on the River Thames. The orchestra opens the concert with [...]

Jazz Combos Concert

The concert given by Jazz Combos I, II, and III features the music of the American Songbook, arranged by the students. The beloved tunes of the songbook are still performed daily in clubs and stages across the world. “Originally written for the Broadway stage by Tin Pan Alley composers, these tunes were quickly adopted by [...]

Graduate Piano Trio Recital

Members of the Graduate Piano Trio are Jose Trujillo, violin, Norma Parrot, cello and Sicong Zhou, piano. The members, who are from Mexico, Brasil and China, bring great energy and perspective to their work as a chamber ensemble.

Violin Studio Recitals / FREE

Violin students of Dr. Ron Francois perform a variety of pieces from the standard repertoire. “This event provides a great performing experience for the students...a great learning experience too,” exclaims Francois!

CSU Honor Band Festival

CSU’s nationally renowned Honor Band Festival is an annual event, bringing together the finest high school musicians from the Rocky Mountain Region, selected from hundreds of applicants from throughout the western United States. The three-day festival features guest conductors and clinicians from across the country and is capped off with a performance by the High [...]

Keyboard Area Recital / FREE

A recital presented by students from the piano studio of Dr. Janet Landreth.

Symphonic Band Concert #2

Ecstatic Waters Join us as the Symphonic Band tackles Steven Bryant’s electrifying Ecstatic Waters, the 2010 winner of the National Band Association William D. Revelli Award. Inspired by the poetry of W.B. Yeats, this work fuses the wind band with electronic elements to create a new, hybrid sound-world that ranges from the joyful bell sounds [...]

Music Audition Days

Music Audition Days are for students wishing to pursue an undergraduate music major or minor degree at CSU. Auditions simultaneously function as admission consideration, as well as scholarship consideration, through the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Registration required: or contact

Student Recital: David Yarger, Piano

Wind Symphony Concert #2

Find Your State: Spirit of Innovation The 2017-2018 Wind Symphony season highlights CSU’s commitment to community, spirit, innovation, and inspiration. All of these ideals clearly connect to music and the arts, and the ensemble, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, continues their season by highlighting works of innovation. Each selection on this concert changed the way [...]

CSU Honor Band Festival Concert / FREE

CSU’s nationally renowned annual Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians from the Rocky Mountain Region. The three-day festival features guest conductors and clinicians from across the country and is capped off with a performance by the High School Honor Band in the beautiful, state-of-the art Griffin Concert Hall.

Student Recital: Katherine Wagner, Instrumental

Classical Convergence, Canadian Brass

Hailed as the “Kings of Brass,” this quintet has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world. Displaying a full stylistic range from Baroque to Dixieland and contemporary compositions, their virtuosity is served up with trademark audience-engaging light-hearted banter. “These are the men who put brass music on the map with their unbeatable [...]

Classical Convergence, SHUFFLE

Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Founded in 2010 and dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet was selected as Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, also winning their Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist [...]

Classical Convergence, Borromeo String Quartet

With Special Guest Joel Bacon, Organ The Borromeo String Quartet is joined by Organ Professor Dr. Joel Bacon for an extraordinary concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Colorado State University’s renowned Casavant Organ. The visionary performances of the Borromeo String Quartet have established itself as one of the most important string quartets of our time. [...]

Classical Convergence, Anthony de Mare: Liaisons

Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano Liaisons is a landmark commissioning and concert project, conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare, based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim. The project has brought together 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to "re-imagine" one of Sondheim’s songs as a solo piano piece. [...]