Keyboard Area


Welcome to the Keyboard area at Colorado State University, where excellence in the pursuit of musical expression, technical mastery, and artistry in performance is our primary goal. As a pianist or an organist, you will be guided in your performance study by a gifted team of artist-teachers, performers, and internationally recognized scholars in the field. Pianists and organists relish the unusual amount of individual attention and focus on keyboard study they receive at Colorado State University in private lessons, weekly master classes, departmental recitals, keyboard literature classes, liturgical music studies, or classes in chamber music, improvisation and pedagogy. Also, keyboard students enjoy numerous performance opportunities and other musical experiences at Colorado State University. At the heart of every pianist is an intense love of the instrument, its touch, its vast repertoire, and its seemingly inexhaustible capacity for expression. This is mirrored in the words of the great pianist and composer, Franz Liszt:

"My piano is to me what his vessel is to the seaman, his horse to the Arab, nay, even more, 'til (sic) now it has been myself, my speech, my life. It is the repository of all that stirred my nature in the passionate days of my youth. I confided to it all my desires, my dreams, my joys and my sorrows. Its strings vibrated to my emotions and its keys obeyed my every caprice."

In the Keyboard area, emphasis is placed upon growth of the individual student, with excellence in applied instruction constantly reinforced by practical experience in the public performance of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire. Weekly private lessons and performance classes on Steinway grands culminate in solo public recitals in the junior and senior years, and opportunities to appear as soloists with orchestra are provided through the annual Concerto Competition. Experience in accompanying is gained throughout the four years of undergraduate study through class instruction and laboratory experience in the vocal and instrumental studios. Ear training skills and improvisation are honed through piano labs and improvisation classes, and pedagogic techniques are learned and practiced through the supervision of beginning and intermediate pedagogy classes.

Piano and B.M. in Music Education

Pianists may audition for the keyboard faculty for the B.M. Music Education degree program as either choral-track or instrumental-track. Piano will be considered as their principal instrument on which they will pursue applied study. Piano applicants must also interview with the Music Education area to be considered for the B.M. Music Education degree program, and should have experience as a performing member of one or more large, secondary music ensembles to receive consideration for admittance into the degree program.

Organ and Liturgical Studies

The Keyboard Area includes a comprehensive program in Organ and Liturgical Studies. Click here for more information.

Study With

Janet Landreth

Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
Professor of Piano

(970) 491-6880

Denise Favela Apodaca

Coordinator of Piano Proficiency
Special Assistant Professor, Music Appreciation

Tim Burns

Supervisor of Piano Accompanying

(970) 491-3244

Joel Bacon

Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair in Organ and Liturgical Studies
Associate Professor of Organ

(970) 491-2431

Keyboard Events

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

October 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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 [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert, Janet Landreth, Piano

October 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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 [...]

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

November 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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.