Brass Area

Overview

Brass students at Colorado State University have the opportunity to play in the region's top ensembles including two orchestras, three concert bands, two jazz bands, three chamber jazz ensembles, and a world class marching band. There are also many chamber opportunities including large brass ensemble, trumpet ensemble, horn ensemble, quintets, quartets, and trios. These ensembles have been featured at such venues as the Rocky Mountain Trumpet Fest, holiday events in Fort Collins, the Pepsi Center with the Denver Nuggets, CSU national concerts, and many more.

In the brass area, as opposed to working with a graduate student for instruction, students will study extensively with a professor of their instrument. Instrumental studios work in a competitive, yet friendly environment, allowing for great musical growth in the ensembles. In addition to personal instruction from the professor, combined studio classes offer pupils opportunity to work with other professors, allowing for an experience of breadth as well as depth. Prolific brass guest artists visit CSU every semester, giving students exposure to professionals in the field as an avenue for a diverse and comprehensive education. Many opportunities are available to students in this exclusive environment, fostering development towards becoming a well-rounded person, world-class performer, and successful teacher.

Study With

John McGuire

Brass Area Coordinator
Assistant Professor of Horn
Music Appreciation, Brass Techniques

John.McGuire@colostate.edu

(970) 491-8515

Caleb Hudson

Assistant Professor of Trumpet

Caleb.Hudson@colostate.edu

Brass Events

Master Class: PUBIQuartet

October 23, 2017 at 5:00 PM
The master class takes place in UCA 205. 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, [...]

Classical Convergence, PUBLIQuartet

October 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

October 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

October 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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,” [...]

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

October 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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,” [...]

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

October 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM
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,” [...]

OcTUBAfest 2017

October 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM
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 [...]

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

October 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM
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,” [...]

2017 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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!

2017 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2017 at 9:00 PM
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!

2017 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2017 at 11:00 PM
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

November 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM

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.

Master Class: Ed Saindon, Percussion

November 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Ed Saindon, professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music and one of New York’s premier vibraphonist, gives a free master class, providing hands-on instruction to CSU students, in an open, informal setting. The format benefits all ages of observers.

Student Recital: Jun Terasawa, Composition

November 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Guest Artist: Ed Saindon, Percussion / FREE

November 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

November 4, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Student Recital: Sicong Zhou, Piano

November 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Student Recital: Eric Lagergren, Trombone

November 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music

November 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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, [...]

Voice Area Recital #2 / FREE

November 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Performances of art songs and arias from undergraduate and graduate voice majors.

Trombone Studio Recital / FREE

November 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
The members of the trombone studio present a recital with a variety of solos and chamber ensembles.

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

November 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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.

Student Recital: Nicholas Louis, Voice

November 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Student Recital: Becca Stapfer, Clarinet

November 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Student Recital: James Ackermann, Saxophone

November 12, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Student Recital: Ayo Derbyshire, Horn

November 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM

It Could Be Anything Concert

November 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

November 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Clarinet Studio Recital / FREE

November 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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

November 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM
With Chris Reed, Piano A recital of art songs.

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

November 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM
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 [...]

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

November 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM
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

November 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

November 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

November 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

November 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

November 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

November 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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.

2017 Holiday Spectacular

November 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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 [...]

2017 Parade of Lights Preview / FREE

November 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM
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.

Student Recital: Weijia Huang, Piano

November 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM

2017 Holiday Spectacular

November 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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 [...]

Graduate String Quartet Concert / FREE

December 3, 2017 at 1:30 PM
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

December 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Open Dress Rehearsal for CSU Students only: Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 p.m. (FREE, but ID required) Public Performances: Thursday, November 30, 7:30 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 [...]

Concert Orchestra Concert / FREE

December 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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 [...]

Graduate Piano Trio Recital

December 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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.

Jazz Combos Concert

December 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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 [...]

Violin Studio Recitals / FREE

December 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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!

Violin Studio Recitals / FREE

December 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

December 7, 2017 - December 9, 2017 at 8:00 AM
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

December 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
A recital presented by students from the piano studio of Dr. Janet Landreth.

Symphonic Band Concert #2

December 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
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

December 8, 2017 at 12:00 PM
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: music.colostate.edu/admissions or contact Tom.Krebs@colostate.edu

Student Recital: David Yarger, Piano

December 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Wind Symphony Concert #2

December 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Find Your State: State of InnovationRebecca Phillips, conductor The 2017-18 CSU Wind Symphony season highlights Colorado State University's commitment to collaboration, community, innovation, and inspiration. All of these ideals can clearly be connected by music, and the Wind Symphony continues their season by highlighting works of innovation. Each selection on this concert changed the way both music and theatre were conceived, interpreted, and enjoyed by audiences [...]

CSU Honor Band Festival Concert / FREE

December 9, 2017 at 2:00 PM
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

December 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Try On Teaching with MSOE

January 17, 2018 - April 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM
We believe that the best way to train music teachers is to provide authentic teaching opportunities while engaging in a community of reflective practitioners. Additionally, we believe in creating a space for the discussion and application of many contemporary approaches relevant to music education while remaining informed by the excellent traditions that have made music education strong in America over the last two centuries. As community of passionate, well-prepared teachers, Trying-on-Teaching serves to grow the next generation of great music educators to serve students in our public schools.

Classical Convergence, Canadian Brass

January 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM
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 [...]

Middle School Outreach Ensemble

January 31, 2018 - April 18, 2018 at 6:00 PM
The Middle School Outreach Ensembles @CSU provide an inspirational large ensemble experience in addition to the great instruction that students receive in their middle school band and orchestra programs.

RMPA

February 3, 2018 at 12:00 AM

Music Audition Days

February 17, 2018 at 8:00 AM
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: music.colostate.edu/admissions or contact Tom.Krebs@colostate.edu

Music Audition Days

February 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM
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: music.colostate.edu/admissions or contact Tom.Krebs@colostate.edu

Music Audition Days

February 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM
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: music.colostate.edu/admissions or contact Tom.Krebs@colostate.edu

Classical Convergence, SHUFFLE

March 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
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

March 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM
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

April 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM
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. [...]

Brass News

University Symphony Orchestra Concerto Competition Finals

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The CSU Symphony Orchestra hosts the 2013-2014 Concerto Competition Finals featuring CSU’s finest soloists on Wednesday, February 12 at 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St. Tickets are $7 for CSU students, $1 for youth (under 18), and $12 for the public. Tickets […]

Euphonium Soloist Adam Frey to Present Master Class at CSU

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Guest euphonist Adam Frey will join the CSU Wind Ensemble during a special one-night-only fundraiser concert benefiting the CSU Marching Band on Saturday, Sept. 29 – the 2013 March to Dublin Fundraiser Concert. The concert features the Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, and CSU Marching Band. The Wind Ensemble portion, conducted by CSU’s Christopher Nicholas of […]

Brass Blog

A Run-Out to Brazil

Well, this trip unexpectedly turned into quite the adventure! Clarinet Professor Wesley Ferreira and I left Colorado on Sunday, June 25, to head to Natal, Brazil for the 2017 International Horn Symposium, held at the Federal University of Rio Grande do Norte (UFRN). This is the largest single French horn event in the entire world […]

Trumpet

 

The trumpet studio at Colorado State University is comprised of around twenty highly talented musicians studying to be successful in a career in music. Former students from the studio who have graduated with a degree in music have moved onto nationally respected schools for masters and doctoral studies; and most have achieved work in performance, education, and therapy fields outright.

It is woven in the fabric of the trumpet studio that students are helpful and supportive to each other, while maintaining a healthy, highly competitive environment. Auditions occur in Dec. and Feb., and questions about the process should be addressed to Caleb Hudson.

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Guest Artists

2014-2015

Jose Sibaja, Arizona State University, Empire Brass; josesibaja.com

Jeff Conner, Boston Brass; bostonbrass.com

James Thompson, Eastman School of Music

Horn

Studio Overview

The CSU Horn Studio philosophy is simple: Through the horn, we strive to develop the very best musicians, whether their career goals involve playing in a high level professional orchestra or military band, teaching at any level (elementary music through collegiate level teaching) as a private applied horn teacher or as a music educator, as a music therapist, or as a music administrator. We witness on an almost daily basis the fact that the high level, intensive study of music, specifically on the horn, aids the student in all measurable ways in the pursuit of one’s life passions.

Here at CSU, we value individuals of impeccable character who are not afraid of persistent, dedicated, and diligent practice. At the end of the day, every professional knows that there are countless people that can be chosen for a job. Frequently, what matters most to a long term employer is that the individual that is chosen is of good character and can be counted on the do what needs to be done, when it needs to be done, whether they want to do it or not. We strive every day to create not just horn players or musicians, but leaders in the rapidly changing world of music.

Each and every student has somewhat different professional goals and comes in at a somewhat different level than any other horn student. By the completion of a music degree at CSU, the individual should expect to have realized some of their true potential musically and to have the tools to be able to continue their progress after they leave here.

 

The CSU Horn Studio has grown in recent years, in quantity but more importantly in quality. Our recent graduates have gone on to careers as music educators, therapists, and professional performers, including positions in orchestras around the world. Progress as a horn player at CSU involves a significant commitment to the craft of horn playing and the art of music making. This means a lot of time in the practice room (obviously!), but also means stepping out of the confines of the UCA and experiencing what the real world of music has to offer.

In order to better facilitate the growing needs of our talented young artists, Dr. McGuire has overseen an expansion of the reach of the CSU Horn Studio. The CSU Horn Studio frequently participates in regional and national workshops and competes in several international horn solo competitions. In addition to this, we have welcomed well-known artists to our campus, hornists like Johanna Yarbrough (Fourth Horn, Detroit Symphony Orchestra), Charles Snead (former Principal Horn, Jacksonville Symphony Orchestra), Jeff Nelsen (former hornist with the Canadian Brass), and Martin Hackleman (former Principal Horn of the National Symphony Orchestra and hornist with the Canadian Brass and Empire Brass).

By bringing in such artists in addition to branching out on an international level, the CSU Horn Studio hopes to continue the growth and development of our emerging young artists and build on our proud recent tradition of excellence.

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October 13

I am FINALLY back to posting etude recordings! I received many requests to play Martin Hackleman 34 Characteristic Etudes for Low Horn Playing. Here is...

Guest Artists

2013-2014
2014-2015
Johanna Yarbrough, Detroit Symphony Orchestra; dso.org

Trombone

Studio Overview

The Colorado State University Trombone/Euphonium Studio is a vibrant and motivating place to study the art of performance, pedagogy, and professionalism. Comprised of 15-20 students, the studio is close-knit, supportive, and competitive in the best possible way. The studio is primarily undergraduate, with 1-2 invaluable graduate students a year who are leaders and mentors for the younger players. CSU is a leader in Music Education in the state of Colorado and is also a top program nationally for Music Therapy. The performance major at CSU is rigorous and focused on helping students achieve their personal professional goals.

Students in the studio study the fundamentals of brass performance and teaching, as well as skills and techniques required for success as a musician in the 21st century: improvisation (jazz and otherwise), doubling on other low brass instruments (alto/tenor/bass trombone, euphonium), symphonic section playing, jazz big band and commercial section playing, traditional and contemporary solo repertoire, and arranging for low brass.

All trombone and euphonium students at CSU study strictly with Dr. Van Hof, the primary professor. A unique, personalized curriculum is created for each individual student that serves both the professor's objectives for them as a player, and their long-term objectives as a professional musician.

All members also perform in the CSU Low Brass Choir, and have the option to audition to perform in the CSU Trombone Octet, comprised of the top six tenors and top two basses in the school. These ensembles perform regularly on campus and in the Fort Collins community, as well as touring regionally and – at least once during every students' time at CSU – nationally. Recent performances include the 2014 BigXII Trombone Conference in Lubbock, Texas.

If you are interested in studying trombone or euphonium at CSU, contact Dr. Van Hof for a lesson and informational session. There is no charge for initial lessons for students interested in undergraduate or graduate study at CSU.

Instruments

  • Yamaha Xeno Tenor Trombone
  • Yamaha Xeno Bass Trombone
  • Yamaha Alto Trombone
  • Getzen Custom Series Bass Trombone
  • 2 vintage Conn Connstellation Jazz Trombones
  • 1 vintage Olds Ambassador Jazz Trombone

Trombone Choir

Comprised of the students of the CSU Trombone Studio and other talented trombonists from the CSU community, the Trombone Choir is the primary performing ensemble of the Studio. The Trombone Choir studies and performs music from all musical eras and genres stretching from Renaissance dances to funk and heavy metal. Professor Van Hof writes many of the Choir’s arrangements, but students are encouraged to explore arranging and composing for the group as well. Community outreach is a hallmark of the CSU Trombone Choir, with special focus paid to performances in public spaces and for audiences of all ages. The ensemble makes its debut in the Fall of 2013, and has been invited to perform at the 2014 Big12 Trombone Conference at Texas Tech University.

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October 13

First Wind Symphony concert in the books! The CSU Wind Symphony section had a great performance, as did the entire ensemble! #photostakenbyasaxophonist

Undergraduate Audition Requirements

You will perform your audition for the four brass faculty at CSU. Auditions are fifteen minutes long. You should expect to play for a majority of that time, but there will also be a few questions possible from the panel of brass faculty.

For your audition to be accepted as a music major at CSU, you must be prepared to perform the following repertoire:

I. Scales

  • 2-octave scales chosen from the following keys: G, C, F, B-flat, E-Flat, A-flat
  • Choice of octaves is up to the individual performer
  • All scales must be performed in quarter notes at 120 beats per minute
  • All scales must be performed ascending and descending
  • All scales must be performed by memory

IIa. Tenor Trombone and Euphonium Solos/Etudes: choose either one solo or two etudes.

Etude options:

  • Voxman Selected Studies
  • Blazevich Clef Studies
  • Rochut/Bordogni Melodious Etudes

Solo options:

  • David Concertino (minimum two movements)
  • Hindemith Sonata (minimum two movements)
  • Galliard Sonatas 1-6 (minimum two movements from any of the six sonatas)
  • Guilmant Morceau Symphonique (complete)
  • Barat Andante et Allegro (complete)
  • Mozart Concerto for Bassoon in B-flat K 191 (minimum two movements)
  • Rimsky-Korsakov Concerto (be prepared on all three movements)

 

IIb. Bass Trombone Solos/Etudes: choose either one solo or two etudes.

Etude options:

  • Rochut/Bordogni Melodious Etudes
  • Tyrell Advanced Studies for BBb Bass
  • Ostrander Method for Bass Trombone

Solo options:

  • Lebedev Concerto (complete)
  • Lebedev Concertante Allegro (complete)
  • Bozza Prelude and Allegro (complete)
  • Hindemith Three Easy Pieces (complete—usu. filed under “Cello”)
  • Galliard Sonatas 1-6 (minimum two movements from any of the six sonatas)
  • Koetsier Allegro Maestoso
  • Sachse Concertino (complete)

III. Sight-reading

All applicants will be expected to sight-read approximately three lines of music. The sight-reading will only be in bass clef—no tenor or alto clef.

Download a printable version of the audition requirements (PDF).

Guest Artists

2013-2014

James Box, Montreal Symphony, McGill University; trombone-usa.com/box_james_bio

2014-2015

Evan Conroy, Louisiana Philharmonic Orchestra; evanconroy.com

Nick Finzer, NYC freelance jazz trombonist; smallslive.com

Mark Hetzer, University of Wisconsin; marketzler.com

Mark Kellogg, Eastman School of Music, Rochester Philharmonic

Steve Wolfinbarger, Western Michigan University 

Tuba

Studio Overview

The CSU tuba studio is comprised of fantastic students eager to make the tuba a part of their lives. Students learn the fundamentals of playing the tuba, along with life-long lessons about being a professional musician. Whether the focus is on band, orchestra, music therapy, or music education, tuba students will find the CSU tuba studio a welcoming and challenging environment.

Tuba students have opportunity to perform in chamber ensembles, University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Sinfonia, and Symphonic Band.

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October 17

Octubafest Sunday recitals (5:00 and 7:30) have been moved into Organ Recital Hall!! The 3:30 masterclass will still be in...

Guest Artists

2013-2014

Richard White, New Mexico Symphony Orchestra, University of New Mexico; rawtuba.com

Kevin Sanders, University of Memphis; kevinsanders.com

2014-2015