Concerts and Operas

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 […]

Jazz Ensembles Concert

With Guest Terell Stafford, Trumpet The Jazz Ensembles are joined by acclaimed New York trumpet player, Terell Stafford. Hailed as “one of the great players of our time, a fabulous trumpet player,” by piano legend McCoy Tyner, Stafford combines a deep love of melody with his own brand of spirited and adventurous lyricism; his expressive […]

Wind Symphony Concert: State of Impressionism

Find Your State: State of Impressionism, with guests Michelle Stanley, Flute; and John McGuire, Horn 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 arts, and the ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Phillips, continues its season by highlighting works of Impressionism. […]

CSU voice students who won awards are pictured in front of the University Center for the Arts

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.

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.

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 […]

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

Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced season features world-class performers and ensembles, performing at the University Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Center. or (970) 221-6730 Delivering the unexpected, SHUFFLE allows audiences to choose the programming from a range of more than 30 […]

Voice Area Recital / FREE

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

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!

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.

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 […]

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.

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.

Die Zauberflöte 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: 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 stages. The opera tells the story of […]

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.

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 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 […]

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.

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.

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. […]

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.

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) […]

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.

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.

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. […]

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!

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.

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 […]