Try On Teaching with MSOE: A Teaching Experience for High School Students

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.

2018 Master Class with the Canadian Brass

**NOTE: Tickets are required for this free event. Please reserve your ticket online here.** The School of Music, Theatre, and Dance at Colorado State University welcomes the world famous Canadian Brass to campus for a fun and intensive masterclass just ahead of their concert at Lincoln Center. This masterclass involves CSU brass student performances in which [...]

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 [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert, John McGuire, Horn

Landscapes: Scenes of the Contemporary Horn Join CSU faculty artist John McGuire as he presents a recital of 21st century works for horn by noted composers Traci Mendel and CSU’s Composition Professor James David. Several pieces on the program will be included on a forthcoming solo recording.

Pre-College String Quartet Program

Virtuoso Series Concert, Gary Moody, Bassoon

Purloined Pieces Purloined Pieces is a program of works originally written for other instruments, including Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Oboe Quartet in F major. “Believe it or not, other great music exists than that wasn’t written for bassoon, so why shouldn't bassoonists get to play it?” said CSU faculty artist Gary Moody.

Middle School Outreach Ensemble

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 Rocky Mountain Percussion Association Day of Percussion

The Rocky Mountain Percussion Association celebrates their 25th anniversary season in 2018 with many events, including this day of masterclasses and performances given by well-known clinicians and ensembles. A very educational and inspiring day of percussion! Registration required. Information:

Virtuoso Series Concert, Eric Hollenbeck, Percussion

The highly eclectic and modern percussion recital incorporates pieces from CSU faculty artist Eric Hollenbeck’s recent CD release, Potpourri, including percussion duos by Matthew Harris, as well as by Karel Husa, Nicole Murphy’s Parched Paddock for soprano, marimba, and piano, and a Gene Wilder inspired arrangement on marimba called Pure Imagination; the concert concludes with [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert, Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet

Clarinet Carnival With Timothy Burns, Piano If you're a fan of light classics and easy listening then you will no doubt enjoy this evening performance by CSU faculty artist Wesley Ferreira and duo partner, pianist Timothy Burns. Join them as they entertain with audience favorites such as Carl Maria von Weber's Concertino for Clarinet in [...]

University Symphony Orchestra Concert

2018 Concerto Competition Finals - Finnish and Fabulous Finals The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, takes on the highly dramatic first symphony of the great Finnish composer Jean Sibelius. “The Sibelius first symphony is one of my favorites,” said the Maestro. “And it shows this outstanding composer already in his prime.” You’ll also experience [...]

Colorado All-State Orchestra Concerts

Philharmonic Orchestra, 4 p.m.; Symphonic Orchestra, 6 p.m. The Colorado All State Orchestra has been providing memorable performance opportunities for the state's top high school musicians since 1952. High school students join together for three days of intense rehearsal to put on the finest high school symphony performances of the year. Conductors have programmed staples [...]

Student Recital: Andrew Wallace, Voice

Student Recital: Emma Genell, Voice

2018 Aries Composers Festival

Over the decades, the event has welcomed world-famous composers, music theorists, musicologists, and other researchers interested in new music to campus, working with CSU students in rehearsals, concerts, lectures, panels, and masterclasses, including most recently Michael Daugherty and Libby Larsen. Daytime events are free; some concerts are ticketed. Information:

2018 Aries Composers Festival: Percussion Ensemble Concert

The inspiring and meaningful performance of modern percussion music is comprised of pieces selected from over 400 world-wide submissions to the festival, and features a wide variety of percussion instruments. About the Aries Composers Festival The three-day event welcomes renowned composers from throughout the U.S. and abroad. Originally known as the Rocky Mountain Contemporary Music [...]

2018 Aries Composers Festival: Faculty Chamber Music Concert

Features works involving percussion, strings, and winds selected from hundreds of submissions. About the Aries Composers Festival The three-day event welcomes renowned composers from throughout the U.S. and abroad. Originally known as the Rocky Mountain Contemporary Music Festival, many world-famous composers, music theorists, musicologists, and other researchers interested in new music have visited and worked [...]

Music in the Museum Concert Series / FREE

NOTE: Reservations are available online only at; reservations are not available by phone or email. Thank you! Performances at noon and 6 p.m. The Gregory Allicar Museum of Art presents this series exploring 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 [...]

2018 Aries Composers Festival: Electroacoustic Percussion Concert / FREE

Innovative works for solo percussion and live electronics, performed by the composers. About the Aries Composers Festival The three-day event welcomes renowned composers from throughout the U.S. and abroad. Originally known as the Rocky Mountain Contemporary Music Festival, many world-famous composers, music theorists, musicologists, and other researchers interested in new music have visited and worked [...]

Guest Artist: Andy Harnsberger, Percussion / FREE

Performer, composer, and educator Andy Harnsberger gives a marimba recital of new and established repertoire. “A wonderful and technically masterful player,” exclaimed Percussion Professor Eric Hollenbeck. Dr. Hansberger is percussion coordinator at Lee University in Cleveland, Tennessee.

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

Virtuoso Series Concert, Mendelssohn Trio

The Mendelssohn Trio performs one of Johann Nepomuk Hummel’s Piano Trio in G major, Op. 35, Bohuslav Martinů’s Duo for Violin and Cello, and Felix Mendelssohn’s Piano Trio No. 1 in D minor, Op. 49. The ensemble has been trio-in-residence at CSU for ten years, giving frequent concerts and working closely with students on chamber [...]

Voice Area Recital / FREE

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

Student Recital: Jack Harrington, Saxophone

Student Recital: Tavon Boaman, Cello

2018 Singer of the Year Competition / FREE

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 and the Most Improved Award. The awards are based on the students’ vocal performance and on progress toward their degree.

Student Recital: Kennedy Malone, Clarinet

Student Recital: Brian Celaya, Clarinet

Student Recital: Heather Ewer, Tuba

Virtuoso Series Concert, John Carlo Pierce, Tenor

With Joel Bacon, Piano Enjoy a recital of art songs for voice and piano performed by CSU faculty artists John Carlo Pierce and Joel Bacon, including works by Franz Schubert, Reynaldo Hahn, Henri Duparc, and American composer Wintter Watts. “The intimate quality of art song grants us the opportunity to explore the musicality of poetry,” [...]

Symphonic Band Concert

The Symphonic Band, conducted by Richard Frey, presents music of both traditional and contemporary genres.

Guest Artist: Eric Sammut, Percussion / FREE

Eric Sammut will be giving a recital primarily on marimba. “Eric is one of the most respected and prized musicians in the percussion field,” described Eric Hollenbeck, percussion area coordinator. Eric Sammut is principal percussionist with the Orchestre de Paris and teaches at the Royal Academy of Music in London and Glasgow.

Student Recital: Spencer Kinnison, Percussion

Chamber Choir and Concert Choir Concert

With Wesley Ferreira, Clarinet The Chamber Choir, conducted by James Kim, performs the premier of “Pilgrim’s Soul” by CSU Composition Professor James David. The piece for mixed chorus, clarinet, and live electronics features Dr. Wesley Ferreira and is based on the well-known poem “When You Are Old” by William Butler Yeats. “The idea behind the [...]

Rocky Mountain Saxophone Summit Potpourri Concert

With special Guests the New Third Stream Quartet, and saxophone professors from CSU, UW, CU, UNC, DU, and MSU Our third time out in this biennial event celebrating Adolphe Sax's great invention, the Rocky Mountain Saxophone Summit features special guests from along the Front Range, as well as the New Third Stream Quartet with Rick [...]

Student Recital: Sarah Foss, Percussion

Concert Orchestra and Concert Band Concert / FREE

With Guest Adam Torres, Piano The Concert Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Stewart, performs Baroque and Beyond with CSU faculty artist Adam Torres. The program opens with a concerto grosso by Italian composer Pietro Locatelli – a typical example of this Baroque form in which there is a dialogue between individual players and the larger (grosso) [...]

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 [...]

Student Recital: Chelsea Kendall, Choral Conducting

Student Recital: Jun Terasawa, Choral Conducting

Clarinet Pop Orchestra Concert / FREE

Kick off spring break with an evening performance by the newly formed Clarinet Pop Orchestra. This ensemble delivers some of your favorite pop genre ear candy in a visually and aurally striking performance unlike anything that you have come to expect from the clarinet!

Student Recitals: Matt Hauser, Percussion

Student Recital: Michael Rinko, Double Bass

Student Recital: Zuri Kargbo, Double Bass

Student Recital: Younwoo Seo, Voice

Student Recital: Angela Lamar and Anna Bonjour, Voice

Virtuoso Series Concert, Terry Leahy, Trombone

Trombone Now! Music from the Last Decade CSU faculty artist Terry Leahy performs a recital of works composed in the last twelve years for both tenor and bass trombone, including the premiere of a new bass trombone sonata by Composition Professor James David.

Pre-College Chamber Music Festival

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. [...]

Pre-College Chamber Music Festival Concert / FREE

The region’s best high school string quartets from the pre-college program perform after two days of intense sessions with the acclaimed Borromeo String Quartet.

Student Recital: Samantha Boies, Trombone

Student Recital: Javier Elizondo, Clarinet

Student Recital: Karla Rogers, Trumpet, and Holly Morris, Trombone

Guest Artist: Kemal Gekic, Piano / FREE

Flamboyant, daring, provocative, exciting, seductive, and sensitive are some of the words used to describe one of today’s most formidable musicians, Croatian pianist Kemal Gekic, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Stephen Dombrowski, Tuba

CSU faculty artist Stephen Dombrowski is joined by three Colorado Symphony Orchestra colleagues for a recital of solo pieces for tuba and works for low brass ensemble. Musicians include John Sipher, principal trombone; Paul Naslund, 2nd trombone; and Greg Harper, bass trombone.

Student Recital: Tonya Jilling, Harp

Student Recital: Hayden Holbrook, Saxophone

Student Recital: Chris Nadeau, Percussion

Student Recital: MacKenzie Beeler, Horn

Student Recital: Sarah Chicoine, Viola

Student Recital: William Gamache, Trombone

Student Recital: Rawan Jarrar, Violin

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music

The popular faculty recital program includes George Onslow’s String Quintet No.26 in G minor, Op.67 performed by CSU faculty artists Ron Francois, violin; Leslie Stewart, violin; Margaret Miller, viola; Barbara Thiem, cello; and Forest Greenough, double bass. Maestro Wes Kenney also conducts an ensemble of faculty and graduate students on Aaron Copland’s Appalachian Spring.

Student Chamber Music Showcase / FREE

Selected chamber music groups from all areas perform on this special program.

University Chorus, Mainstreet Acapella, Mountain Horns Concert

Shine! Join the University Chorus, conducted by Nathan Payant, as they explore songs that enliven the heart and inspire us to trust that there is still light, even in difficult times. The performance includes works by J.S. Bach, Daniel Elder, Jake Runestad, Samuel Barber, Kevin Padworski, and many more. In addition, the ensemble is joined [...]

Percussion Ensemble Festival Concert / FREE

With Guest Eric Willie, Percussion This traditional percussion concert caps off the sixth annual festival of high school percussion ensembles. Featuring special guest Eric Willie, this will be a high energy presentation of contemporary percussion music. Described as a "true musical talent and professional" (Ivan Trevino, composer), Eric Willie has a varied career as a [...]

Oboe Studio Recital / FREE

Oboe students of Andrew Jacobson perform a variety of pieces from the standard repertoire for oboe.

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. [...]

Guest Artist: You-Seong Kim, Voice / FREE

Dr. Kim serves as head of North Park University’s voice department and director of the vocal performance master’s program. Dr. Kim believes that music changes lives, and aims to graduate not only music makers, but also music lovers.

Guest Artist: Vincent Warnier, Organ

50th Anniversary of the Casavant Organ at CSU Colorado State University’s Casavant Frères Organ was designed and voiced specifically for the university by Lawrence I. Phelps, in consultation with former CSU organ professor Robert Cavarra. Installed in 1968 in the previous music building on the Oval, it is one of the first modern mechanical-action (tracker) [...]

Guest Artist: Alex Iles, Trombone / FREE

The American trombonist teaches at the California Institute of the Arts and California State University, Northridge. He has toured as lead and solo jazz trombonist with the Woody Herman and Maynard Ferguson big bands, and performs and records as a regular member of many of the top big bands and jazz groups in the L.A. [...]