Events

2017 Organ Week students are pictured in front of the Casavant Organ

Organ Week Public Lectures and Masterclasses / FREE

In celebration of the 50th anniversary of CSU’s Casavant Organ, the annual Organ Week has added a series of FREE public lectures and masterclasses given by the faculty of prominent concert and church organists. These daytime sessions are open to organists of all levels and all organ enthusiasts. Due to limited space, registration is required.


Members of the Fort Collins Symphony, directed by Wes Kenney, performing in the Organ Recital Hall

2018 Organ Week: Baroque Concertos for Organ and Harpsichord

With Joel Bacon, James David Christie, Ken Cowan, and members of the Fort Collins Symphony, directed by Wes Kenney An evening of organ and harpsichord concertos with three internationally acclaimed organists and members of the Fort Collins Symphony, conducted by Wes Kenney. Works will include: G. F. Handel’s Concerto for Organ in F Major, Op. 4/4;C.P.E. […]


Organist Ken Cowan headshot

2018 Organ Week: Ken Cowan, Solo Organ Recital

Ken Cowan is one of North America’s finest concert organists. Praised for his dazzling artistry, impeccable technique and imaginative programming by audiences and critics alike, he maintains a rigorous performing schedule which takes him to major concert venues and churches in America, Canada, Europe, and Asia. Although Ken Cowan has visited Fort Collins frequently, this […]


Joel Bacon and Caleb Hudson in front of the Casavant Organ at CSU

2018 Organ Week: Caleb Hudson, Trumpet and Joel Bacon, Organ

No Charge, No Tickets, Open Seating beginning at 7 p.m. The program will feature works from the Baroque to the contemporary, including Vivaldi’s Concerto in D Major, RV 230, Petr Eben’s Okna (Jerusalem Windows by Marc Chagall), and music by J.S. Bach.


The Pre-College Percussion Camp rehearses in Runyan Music Hall

Pre-College Percussion Camp

The Pre-College Percussion Camp includes instruction on how to prepare and audition successfully toward acceptance as a collegiate music major. The workshop focuses on the four primary percussion instruments: Mallets (2 and 4 mallet), Timpani, Snare Drum, and Drum Set, as well as insight on applications, scholarships, equipment, and student skills.


2018 Organ Week: Closing Concert

Featuring James David Christie, Joel Bacon, and Ken Cowan The final program of CSU Organ Week 2018 will feature all of the week’s guest organists in an unforgettable evening of music on CSU’s famed Casavant organ.


The logo for the 2018 LIFT clarinet academy

LIFT Clarinet Academy

The Lift Clarinet Academy is an annual summer clarinet camp hosted annually by Clarinet Professor Dr Wesley Ferreira at Colorado State University. Each participant receives his/her own practice room to support daily lessons and performance coachings. Multiple group sessions and clinics cover a variety of topics from the fundamental to the progressive. Our goal is clear: to give each participant a tailored program with personalized instruction. The academy program also includes activities such as topic and performance masterclasses, participant chamber music performances, and a faculty recital as well as social gatherings that allow students and faculty to mingle and take in some of beautiful Colorado.


Kids Do It All: Summer Music-Theatre Camp, Session 1


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Dalcroze-based Eurhythmics Course

The summer seminar at CSU follows the curriculum of the American Eurhythmics Society and is closely affiliated with this organization. Aligning with CSU’s goals for the course, the mission of the Society is to introduce public school music teachers to the philosophical and pedagogical approach of Dalcroze-based training, preparing them to incorporate the approach in their teaching.


The logo for the 2018 Jr. LIFT clarinet academy

Jr. LIFT Clarinet Academy

The Junior Lift Clarinet Academy is an action-packed five day journey, designed for students ages 13-18 who seek to expand their clarinet study within a supportive and engaging musical environment.


Kids Do It All: Summer Music-Theatre Camp, Session 2


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Creative Musical Movement Camp

A fun session focused on music and movement for ages 6-9. The music through movement approach to music education teaches an understanding of music – its fundamental concepts, its expressive meanings, and its deep connections to other arts and human activities – through ground breaking techniques incorporating rhythmic movement, aural training, and physical, vocal and instrumental improvisation.


Kids Do It All: Summer Music-Theatre Camp, Session 3


Kids Do It All: Summer Music-Theatre Camp, Session 4


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Kids Do It All: Summer Music-Theatre Camp in Todos Santos, Mexico


Summer Kodály Certificate Program


Kids Do It All: Summer Music-Theatre Camp, Session 5


Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street by Stephen Sondheim – Concert Version

Summer Conducting Seminar Final Concert, co-conducted by the seminar’s graduating class. 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 […]


Kids Do It All: Summer Music-Theatre Camp, Session 6


Children’s Singing Camp

A fun day-camp of singing games, choir, folk dancing, keyboard improvisation, and movement with sessions for K – 6th graders. Students attending the camp will be provided with quality instruction from graduate-level musicians and teachers specializing in Elementary Music Education.


Teens Do It All: Summer Music-Theatre Camp


Guest Artist: Michael Grill, Organ

Michael Grill is director of music at the Erlöserkirche (Our Saviour’s Lutheran) in Munich, Germany. Frequently featured on German radio and television, the recitalist has played throughout Europe, Israel, South America, and the U.S. He founded the concert series “Neue Orgelmusik München,” dedicated to contemporary organ works, as well as “Fürstenrieder Bachtage,” a festival devoted […]


Organ Professor Joel Bacon

Casavant Organ 50th Anniversary Concert: Joel Bacon

On the final concert of the 50th Anniversary of the Casavant Organ, CSU’s Professor of Organ Joel Bacon performs selected pieces from the organ’s 1968 opening concert program. “CSU’s Casavant organ is a remarkable instrument – a great point of pride for the university and the community, and a joy for me personally to play […]