War and Peace: The Hundred Years’ War With guest Stephen Dombrowski, Tuba War and Peace: The 2016-2017 Wind Symphony season remembers events from around the world that catapulted both conflict and resolution. Music that explores the memories of sacrifice, along with the beauty of more peaceful times, permeates each concert. The ensemble continues their season [...]
2017: Saturday, February 18, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.; Monday, February 20, 1-5 p.m.; Saturday, February 25, 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Audition/Visit 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, [...]
This popular annual competition features CSU’s top undergraduate vocal students competing for over $50,000 in scholarship monies including the top Singer of the Year Award, the Charles and Reta Ralph Undergraduate Scholarship, the Most Improved Award, and the James McDonald Memorial Scholarship. The awards are based on the students’ vocal performance and on progress toward [...]
Songs and Arias of Separation With Christopher Reed, Piano; Joel Bacon, Organ; Michelle Stanley, Flute CSU faculty artist John Carlo Pierce, tenor, performs cantata arias with obbligato flute from works by J. S. Bach; “An die ferne Geliebte” by Ludwig van Beethoven; and songs by early 20th century American composers Henry Kimball Hadley and Wintter [...]
Listening to the Past: Colorado State University’s Casavant Organ CSU’s pipe organ gained international attention at its installation in 1968, and continues to inspire great music making today. Dr. Joel Bacon, Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair of Organ and Liturgical Studies and associate professor of organ, discusses the significance of this instrument, and demonstrates its extraordinary [...]
The Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Richard Frey, presents an all European program, including works from Norway, Spain, and France. The second half of the program features the renowned melodies and drama of Carl Orff's "Carmina Burana” on John Krance's wind band setting of the famous piece.
Click here for the concert program. Hailed by The New Yorker as “vibrant” and “superb,” Third Coast Percussion explores and expands the extraordinary sonic possibilities of the percussion repertoire, delivering exciting performances for audiences of all kinds. Formed in 2005, Third Coast Percussion has developed an international reputation with concerts and recordings of inspiring energy [...]
With guests CSU Concert Orchestra The Concert Choir and Concert Orchestra perform Gloria by Antonio Vivaldi, conducted by Leslie Stewart. This masterwork is a staple of the choral/orchestral repertoire, and is one of the most beloved and quintessential pieces from the Baroque era. “I'm thrilled that the two groups are continuing their tradition of collaboration [...]
The Concert Band, conducted by Erik Johnson, performs an array of music inspired by France and the French people. “The band, full of majors from nearly every walk of life on our campus, is committed to making excellent music as a way to deepen our enjoyment of life and our understanding of ourselves in a [...]
With Chris Reed, Piano, and Michelle Stanley, Flute CSU faculty artist Tiffany Blake, soprano, performs and evening of art song accompanied by faculty artists Chris Reed and Michelle Stanley.
Voice students from all of the applied voice studios at CSU perform arias and art songs.
Let the Games Begin! Always a mesmerizing evening, see CSU’s top music students square off in the concerto competition finals! “I always look forward to this concert,” enthused Maestro Wes Kenney about the annual competition. “It's fantastic working with these amazing student soloists.” The Sinfonia, CSU’s chamber orchestra, also plays one of Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's [...]
Founded in 2015, BlueSHIFT Percussion is dedicated to the performance of modern works for percussion and engaging new audiences with thrilling performances. In astronomy, a “blueshift” is defined as a shift towards shorter wavelengths of the spectral lines of a celestial object, tracking the movement from the object as it grows ever closer to the [...]
This event has been cancelled. For more information, please call (970) 491-2787 This solo percussion recital represents an eclectic and virtuosic presentation on a variety of percussion instruments by one of the best and most versatile percussionist of our time.
Tickets: lctix.com or (970) 221-6730. Public pricing may increase by $5-$10 based on inventory. Globally renowned as the supreme interpreter of the classical flute repertoire, Sir James Galway is a consummate performer whose appeal transcends all musical boundaries. With over 30 million recordings sold worldwide, extensive international touring, frequent television appearances, tireless promotion of the [...]
This event is FREE, but a ticket is required for entry. Tickets are now available online. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to learn from "The Master of the Flute." Students of all ages and levels will benefit from listening to Sir James Galway as he guides CSU flute students through complex passages and shares his years of [...]
All-Chopin Concert CSU faculty artist Janet Landreth performs a concert featuring works by the “Poet of the Piano,” Frederic Chopin, whose works capture 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, [...]
Oboe students of Andrew Jacobson perform a variety of pieces from the standard repertoire for oboe.
MAY NOT BE APPROPRIATE FOR ALL AGES The intertwined lives of several couples are told through the romantic and beloved music of Stephen Sondheim. Set in Sweden in the early 1900s, A Little Night Music, inspired by the Ingmar Bergman film Smiles of a Summer Night, debuted on Broadway in 1973 and features the popular [...]
Kirsten Warfield is the first female member of The United Stated Army Band "Pershing's Own," a position she has held since 1999; she is also an active performer around Washington, D.C. This dynamic recital includes a variety of works for solo trombone.
CSU faculty artists: John Carlo Pierce, Tenor; Tiffany Blake, Soprano; Michelle Stanly, Flute; Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet; Gary Moody, Bassoon; Andrew Jacobson, Oboe; John McGuire, Horn; Chris Van Hof, Trombone; Ron Francois, Violin; Leslie Stewart, Violin; Margaret Miller, Viola, Barbara Thiem, Cello; Tim Burns, Piano; Bonnie Jacobi, Harpsichord, and Joel Bacon, Harpsichord Always a favorite, the [...]
Jazz Combos I, II, and III perform a variety of standards, arrangements, and original compositions on this concert. “I always enjoy the original compositions and arrangements created by our wonderful students,” said Combo I Conductor Shilo Stroman, “It’s exciting to see them take ownership of their ensembles!”
CSU’s Graduate String Quartet Polaris performs string quartet masterworks by Franz Schubert and Maurice Ravel. Paola Zamario, violin; Lily Lu, violin; Chealsea Bernhardt, viola; and Victoria Ferguson, cello, make up the quartet, one of two groups in CSU’s Graduate String Quartet program.
The Men's Chorus, conducted by Ryan Olsen, presents "The Music of Living," a collection of pieces for men's voices that celebrates unity, brotherhood, and men working together to create beauty and harmony through music. The concert features pieces from the American musical tradition and cultures around the world. “As the world and American society are [...]
From Another World: Ethnic Clarinet Outside of the traditional western European musical language, there is increasingly a variety of compositions for clarinet incorporating folk music. From the Middle East to the Balkans, from Central America to Asia, CSU faculty artist Wesley Ferreira performs compositions incorporating the genre. The recital features a world premiere of a [...]
With guest James Nova, CSU TRAMbone Choir, and Trombone Fest participants Enjoy a "A Night at the Movies," the culminating event of the first-ever CSU Trombone Fest. In addition to his duties with the Pittsburg Symphony, trombonist Jim Nova is a highly-regarded arranger of music for trombone ensemble. On this concert, the TRAMbone Choir performs [...]
Voice students from all of the applied voice studios perform arias and art songs. “The area recitals are a wonderful opportunity to hear a variety of vocal music,” said Tiffany Blake, voice area coordinator.
The recital features piano students from the studio of Dr. Janet Landreth.
With guest Matt Wilson, Drums Jazz Ensembles I and II are joined by the great Matt Wilson, drummer and jazz musician extraordinaire. Matt Wilson is universally recognized for his musical and melodic drumming style, as well as being a gifted composer, bandleader, producer, and teaching artist. His positive energy, sense of humor and ability to [...]
With guests Pendulum Percussion Duo The 5th annual festival concert features percussion ensembles from Colorado high schools, the Pendulum Percussion Duo featuring Susan Powell and Joe Krygier, and the CSU Percussion Ensemble. The festival is an exciting and uplifting experience for students and audience members!
The members of the CSU Trombone Studio present a recital with a variety of solos and chamber ensembles.
Selected student chamber music ensembles perform an overview of the semester's work. “This annual event is a special effort to present all instrumental areas through our chamber music selections,” explained Barbara Thiem, who is coordinating the evening.
For half a dozen select high school choirs, the invitational is a day of on-campus coaching with James Kim, director of choral activities at CSU, culminating in a combined choral festival concert given by the participating regional choirs.
The group of students performs in various solo, duo, and trio combinations, including Maurice Ravel’s Duo for Violin and Cello. Frangel Lopez Cesena, violin, Julius Hochmuth, cello, and Sicong Zhou, piano make up the trio.
War and Peace: Our Manifest Destiny The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, concludes the War and Peace series by looking inward at our own great nation, developed through incredible accomplishments and difficult lessons over the past two-hundred years. The music will touch on the growing pains of westward expansion during the 19th century, [...]
This performance is FREE and Open to the Public, but a ticket is required for entry The 11-week outreach program concludes with a FREE concert presented by over 200 middle school students and conducted by CSU music education majors; the program features new compositions based on the program’s 2017 social justice theme, "Culture of Rhythm [...]
Saxophone Masterworks from Around the World With Tim Burns, Piano CSU faculty artists Peter Sommer and Tim Burns perform an evening of masterworks for saxophone from France, Japan, and the United States, including Henri Tomasi's Concerto for Alto Saxophone, John Anthony Lennon's "Distances Within Me," and Takashi Yoshimatsu's "Fuzzy Bird Sonata." Important to Professor Sommer [...]
Enjoy selections performed by all four choirs at CSU – Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, Men’s Chorus, and University Chorus. Over 200 voices join forces at the end for a culminating celebration!
Exhibitions With guest Barbara Thiem, cello The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Maestro Wes Kenney, performs the great orchestra showpiece Pictures at an Exhibition by Modeste Mussorgsky, as transcribed by Maurice Ravel. Expressing his excitement about the concert’s guest soloist, the maestro welcomes CSU faculty artist Barbara Thiem on what many consider the greatest cello [...]
Swiss music educator, Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950), believed in movement as our “sixth sense.” This workshop introduces participants to Dalcroze Eurhythmics, where, through movement, sound is experienced in an entirely new way. Learn kinesthetic games and activities that teach your students musical concepts such as beat, meter, rhythm, melodic contour, dynamics, articulation, and phrasing. Dalcroze techniques [...]
A recital featuring students from CSU’s voice studios, including the Freshman Voice Studio.
CSU’s world percussion ensembles perform a varied concert featuring the calypso music of Trinidad/Tobago performed by the steel pan bands, the ragtime era represented by the 1930s George Hamilton Green Rag Band, the Civil War Era Rope Drum Ensemble, and the frame drums of the Middle Eastern Ensemble. “This concert, with something for everyone, shows [...]
What happens when CSU’s New Music Ensemble members combine their energy, talent, and vision? It Could Be Anything! Under the direction of Professor Andrew Jacobson, the group showcases growth and change in music by focusing on trends in the global arts world.
With guest Christopher Van Hof, Trombone The Concert Orchestra’s program titled Looking Back to Look Forward opens with Edvard Grieg's ‘Holberg’ Suite, Op. 40, conducted by Leslie Stewart. Professor Stewart articulates that, “although the Neo-Classical style is most often associated with 20th century composers such as Prokofiev and Stravinsky, Grieg anticipated this trend in 1884 [...]
Violin students of Ron Francois perform works from the standard violin repertoire. “This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and gain performance experience, while applying all they have learned,” said Francois.
Exceptional students from the studios of Wesley Ferreira, Andrew Jacobson, Gary Moody, Peter Sommer, and Michelle Stanley join forces for a night of chamber music and outstanding solo repertoire.
Sanctuary Join the CSU Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Richard Frey, as they conclude the school year with a program titled "Sanctuary." “The idea of ‘sanctuary’ conveys a rich diversity of images of peace, solitude, strength, and protection,” explains Frey. The concert program explores each of these, including Roy Magnuson's "That Dear Land of Rest".
Tickets: lctix.com or (970) 221-6730. Public pricing may increase by $5-$10 based on inventory. The Borromeo String Quartet's visionary performances include both fresh interpretations of the classical music canon and works by 20th and 21st century composers. Favorites of the UCA spring seasons, the Borromeo performs J.S. Bach's Goldberg Variations, transcribed by Nick Kitchen, the first violinist [...]
The aria workshop activities culminate in a performance of arias and original opera scenes created by students.
Leading dance movement educators and education specialists from CSU and the region come to the University Center for the Arts for an intense week in early summer to explore how we can bring more movement into our K–12 classrooms.
Annual Concert Features CSU Master’s Conducting Students For what has become a fun summer tradition, the CSU music program, in collaboration with Opera Fort Collins apprentice artists, presents the Summer Conducting Seminar Final Concert. The seminar, a Master’s program designed for secondary music educators in band, orchestra, and choir, presents its annual concert-staging of a [...]
The International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A., is a summer festival featuring over a dozen internationally renowned pianists for five riveting days of piano competition, instruction, and concerts! Taking place at the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the international competition and festival is designed for pianists of all ages. The daily masterclasses [...]
A top medalist from the 2017 Van Cliburn Competition performs the opening concert after competing in one of the most distinguished, venerable and challenging competitions in the world.
After an electrifying concert at the 2016 Odyssiad & Festival, U.S.A., the Atlantis Piano Duo - Eduardo Ponce and Sophia Hase, from the University of Salamanca, Spain - returns by unanimous acclaim to the Griffin Concert Hall stage.
Performing worldwide from a vast repertoire, the Croatian pianist presents fascinating, uncompromising and ever-changing interpretations, always generating frenzied audience enthusiasm.
2016 Olga Kern International Winner, Scriabin Prize, Rome Prize The twenty-one-year-old pianist combines extraordinary technical capacity with a profound and mature musical sensibility and exceptional on-stage charisma.
2013 Van Cliburn Gold Medalist Capturing the attention of juries, audiences, and critics alike for “mesmerizing and exhilarating” performances that [bring] the crowd to their feet, cheering him like a rock star.
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, [...]