Pre-College Chamber Music Festival

Classical Convergence, Borromeo String Quartet (SOLD OUT)

This event is SOLD OUT. Thank you for your interest! 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 […]

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

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 pianists, KEMAL GEKIC, whose playing has been acclaimed worldwide by public and critics alike. PROGRAM Scherzo, No. 1 in B-minor, Opus 20 / CHOPIN (1810-1849) Ballade No. 1 in G-minor, Opus 23 Nocturne in C-minor, Opus […]

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: Hayden Holbrook, Saxophone

Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute) by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart

Directed by John Carlo Pierce, Conducted by Wes Kenney Ticketed Performances: April 4, 6, 7:30 p.m., and April 8, 2 p.m. Free performance for elementary and middle schools (45 minutes): April 5 10 a.m. Die Zauberflöte was a great success at its premiere in 1791 and has never left the repertoire of the world’s operatic […]

MSOE Musical Carnival 2018

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., Workshops will be from 9 a.m.-12 p.m., and there will be an optional concert from 12:15-1 p.m. The Musical Carnival is a completely free event for middle school aged students involved in music. Music education students from CSU create and teach fun and creative workshops to inspire and expand […]

Student Recital: MacKenzie Beeler, Horn

Student Recital: Sarah Chicoine, Viola

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.

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 […]

Student Recital: Rebecca Stapfer, Clarinet

Jazz Ensembles Concert w/Fossil Ridge HS

With Fossil Ridge High School Jazz Band CSU Jazz Ensembles I and II are joined by Fossil Ridge High School’s Jazz Ensemble, directed by Dan Berard, for the annual High School Invitational Concert. All groups feature outstanding student performers and improvisers playing exciting and swinging arrangements for the last big band concert of the year!

Student Recital: Kaitlin Gelsinger, Clarinet

Student Recital: Anthony Aguayo, Clarinet

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 […]

Student Recital: Luke Thatcher, Voice

Student Recital: Zhuoer Gu, Piano

Jazz Combos Concert

The spring jazz combo concert highlights student compositions and arrangements. “It’s always fun to see what the students come up with and help them discover their process,” said Combos Director Shilo Stroman.

Student Recital: Liz Xia, Piano

A marimba with four mallets is pictured next to sheet music

CANCELLED – Percussion Ensemble Festival

The sixth annual festival features several Colorado high school ensembles, esteemed guest percussionist Eric Willie, and the CSU Percussion Ensemble. Guest clinicians work with high school ensembles in master classes and clinics, followed by an evening concert. Registration for the daytime event is free, but required.

Student Recital: William Gamache, Trombone

*CANCELLED: Percussion Ensemble Festival Concert / FREE

**This event has been CANCELLED, and will not be rescheduled. We apologize for the inconvenience.** 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 […]

Student Recital: Jacob Kilford, Saxophone

Student Recital: Keilani McConnell, Flute

Oboe Studio Recital / FREE

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

Wind Symphony Concert: State of Imagination

With Guests Madeline Harvey, Dance; Tim Burns, Piano; James David, Composer; Dan Goble, Saxophone; Peter Sommer, Saxophone; and Wil Swindler, Saxophone The 2017-2018 Wind Symphony season highlights CSU’s commitment to collaboration, community, innovation, and inspiration. All of these ideals clearly connect to music, and the ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Phillips and guest graduate conductor Kevin […]

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. […]

Student Recital: Andrew MacRossie, Saxophone

Student Recital: Connor Challey, Tuba

Graduate String Trio Recital

Join students Ryan Foley, violin; Norma Parrott, cello; and Sicong Zhou, piano, for a program of works for piano trio.

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.

Student Recital: Frangel Lopez-Cesena, Violin

Student Recital: Joseph Hoffarth, Sax & Bassoon

Student Recital: Dominic Aragon, Voice

Student Recital: Jake Schick, Organ

Student Recital: Emma Stark, Flute

Student Recital: Jonathon Wilson, Voice

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) […]

Student Recital: Chris Nadeau, Percussion

Student Recital: Joe Jones, Percussion

All Choral Concert

All three major choral ensembles at CSU – Chamber Choir, Concert Choir, and University Chorus – perform on this final choir concert of the year. Graduate students Chelsea Kendall and Jun Terasawa present their favorite choral gems, showcasing the talents of the singers in Chamber Choir and Concert Choir, and Nathan Payant finishes his first […]

Trombone Studio Recital / FREE

The members of Dr. Terry Leahy’s trombone studio present a recital with a variety of solos and chamber ensembles.

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

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.

Graduate String Quartet Recital

Join Frangel Cesena, violin; Jose Trulillo, violin; Rosa Cole Avenado, viola; and Julius Hochmuth, cello, for a program of master works for string quartet. “I admire the enthusiasm and passion these students bring to learning and performing great works from the chamber music repertoire,” said Margaret Miller, graduate string quartet coordinator.

Student Recital: Matthew Chanlynn, Trumpet

A student teaches children in a classroom

Dalcroze Workshop: Dare to Dabble with Dalcroze Eurhythmics

Swiss music educator Emile Jaques-Dalcroze (1865-1950) believed in movement as our “sixth sense.” This workshop introduces participants to Dalcroze Eurhythmics, where, through movement, sound is experienced in an entirely new way. The workshop is designed for K-12 music teachers, applied music instructors, anyone who teaches or performs music, and is a sample of content for […]

Student Recital: Theresa Bunger, Flute

Student Recital: Courtney Pham, Flute

New Music Ensemble Concert

It Could Be Anything 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.

Freshman Voice Studio Recital / FREE

A recital featuring students from CSU’s voice studios, including the Freshman Voice Studio.

World Percussion Concert

This concert features CSU’s three steel bands, the Ragtime Marimba Band, and the Civil War Rope Drum Ensemble. “This concert is always fun with wide range of musical styles,” said Eric Hollenbeck, percussion area coordinator.

Concert Orchestra and Concert Band Concert #2 / FREE

With Guest Gary Moody, Bassoon The Concert Orchestra performs The Czech Connection, conducted by Leslie Stewart. The program opens with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s first symphony, written when he was only eight years old. Although he travelled as a child prodigy, Mozart didn’t go to Prague until a few years before his untimely death in 1791. […]

Violin Studio Recitals / FREE

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!

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. […]

Michelle Stanley

Virtuoso Series Concert, Michelle Stanley, Flute

With Guest Jeff LaQuatra, Guitar Performed by CSU faculty artists Michelle Stanley, joined by Jeff LaQuatra, the recital creates two firsts: music from the flutist’s latest album Nouvelle Vie, and the world premiere of a newly commissioned work for flute and guitar by Bryan Johanson and James McGuire. The new album, released by Navona Records, […]

Symphonic Band Concert 2

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

Brass Area Recital / FREE

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.

Farewell Recital: Dr. John Seesholtz / FREE

After 6 wonderful years at Colorado State University, John Seesholtz bids farewell with this performance. For the concert, he is singing with both current and former students, showcasing over half a decade of successes at CSU. The students joining him are Marissa Rudd, Noel Von Behren, Pablo Romero, Ryan McPeek, Miranda Bashore, and Sarah Sanborn. […]

University Symphony Orchestra Concert: A Last Dance

With Guest Tiffany Blake, Soprano The University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Wes Kenney, plays two dance inspired works: Edvard Grieg’s Symphonic Dances and Igor Stravinsky’s iconic Le Sacre du Printemps (The Rite of Spring). Stravinsky’s ballet score is famous for the riot that ensued at the premiere. The work for a gigantic orchestra – including woodwinds […]

Student Recital: Christian Gibbs, Voice

Student Recital: Anyaleen Bradley, Voice

Student Recital: Kadi Horn, Viola

Student Recital: Sarah Sujansky, Clarinet

Student Recital: Dmitri Ascarrunz, Violin

Student Recital: Ian Maxwell, Percussion

Student Recital: Malia Odekirk, Percussion

Student Recital: Mariah Thompson, Clarinet

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

Organ Week

Organ Week is designed for high school students interested in expanding (or beginning) their organ study. Led by a faculty of prominent concert and church organists, the program features one-to-one instruction, masterclasses, and recitals on the finest pipe organs in northern Colorado, including CSU’s Casavant organ.

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.

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.

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.

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 Solo Recital

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 […]