March 2017 Faculty Notes

Wes Kenney, director of orchestras at CSU, had a rewarding start to 2017! It was announced by the Fort Collins Symphony Association’s board president Rhett B. Strom that Maestro Kenney signed a five-year contract extension as music director of the 67-year-old organization. Now in his fourteenth year with the symphony, the award-winning conductor will continue […]


March 2017 Class Notes

Hayden Hays, 2015, B.S. Biology Being a member of the CSU Marching Band, among many other groups, has had a profound impact on my life. Not only did marching band enhance my physicality and musicality, but it also trained me to be more diligent and to have more discipline in my life. Since graduating from […]


Bacon literally pulls out all of the stops during lecture

Written by Tony Phifer, CSU External Relations Joel Bacon is not ashamed to admit he’s in love with CSU’s Casavant pipe organ. Bacon, associate professor of organ in CSU’s School of Music, Theatre & Dance, was featured Tuesday night in the first President’s Community Lecture of 2017. He shared the stage with CSU President Tony Frank, […]


Student Profile: Erin Carlson, Trombone

Meet Trombonist Erin Carlson! A freshman from Bayfield, Colorado studying music education at the University Center for the Arts.   Be sure to come check out Erin at the FREE Trombone Concert Fest Tuesday, April 11th at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts. 1. How did you […]


CSU Symphonic Band performs dramatic ‘Made in Europe’

March 2, 2017 By Emma Turner – reprinted with permission from the Collegian. Patrons of music gathered in the University Center for the Arts’ Griffin Concert Hall Tuesday night to hear the Colorado State University Symphonic Band. The performance was titled “Made in Europe” and featured four pieces from various European romantic and 20th century […]


Student Profile: Matt Brown, Percussion

By Brooke Poulson, UCA Publicity Intern What do The Playboy Club, Red Rocks Amphitheatre, and Mel Lewis all have in common? Matt Brown. Matt is a Colorado State University Senior double majoring in orchestral performance and jazz studies. He is a percussionist, playing the drums and mallet instruments, taking a special interest in jazz drumming. […]


Chamber Choir and Concert Choir Concert Collaborate

By Natalie Hendricks, Publicity Intern Continuing the tradition collaborating choirs, the Chamber Choir and Concert Choir make their debut with a guest appearance from the Colorado State University Concert Orchestra. The performance presented by the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance takes place on Mar. 3 at 7:30 p.m., in the Griffin Concert Hall. This […]


Student Profile: Caylyn Ysabel Newcomb, Trombone

Meet Caylyn Ysabel Newcomb! Caylyn is a sophomore at Colorado State University, studying in Rangeland Ecology and minoring in Music. Originally from Stafford, Virginia, she has found her state here at CSU. You can frequently find her in the ecology department, but when not there she is often found practicing and performing in the University […]


Risk and Reward: An interview with Sean Connors of Third Coast Percussion

By Abbie Blach, UCA Publicity Intern Called “commandingly elegant” by the New York Times hardly draws a single thought of risk. Sounds of over 125 bells glide off walls at the hands of quartet Third Coast Percussion, but not a single sound resonates to the silence that could have been, had the quartet not decided […]