Keyboard (Piano and Organ)


For the keyboard area at Colorado State University, excellence in the pursuit of musical expression, technical mastery, and artistry in performance is our primary goal. As a pianist, organist, or harpsichordist, you will be guided in your study by a team of artist-teachers, performers, and internationally recognized scholars. Students cherish the high level of individual attention and focus they receive in private lessons, weekly masterclasses, departmental recitals, keyboard literature classes, liturgical music studies, or classes in chamber music, arranging, and conducting. Keyboard students also enjoy numerous performance opportunities, including collaborative experiences.  

At the heart of the program is an intense love of the instrument, its touch, its vast repertoire, and its seemingly inexhaustible capacity for expression. 

In the keyboard area, emphasis is placed upon the growth of the individual student, with excellence in applied instruction reinforced by practical experience in the public performance of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire. Weekly private lessons and performance classes on Steinway grand pianos culminate in solo public recitals in the junior and senior years.  

Collaborative experience is gained throughout the four years of undergraduate study through class instruction, laboratory experience in the vocal and instrumental studios, and placement on select band, orchestra, choral, and jazz repertoire. The annual Concerto Competition is an additional opportunity to appear as a soloist with a large ensemble.

Study With

Bryan Wallick

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Keyboard Area Coordinator

(970) 632-8623

Tim Burns

  • Senior Instructor of Music
  • Collaborative Piano Coordinator

Joel Bacon

  • Full Professor of Music
  • Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair in Organ and Liturgical Studies

Keyboard Events

Piano Studio Recital / FREE

May 1, 2024 at 6:00 PM
Students from the piano studio of Bryan Wallick perform selected works from their end of year jury programs.

2024 International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A.

August 3, 2024 - August 10, 2024 at 12:00 AM
The International Keyboard Odyssiad® & Festival, U.S.A., is a weeklong summer piano competition and festival featuring over a dozen guest artists and pianists in daily masterclasses and presentations, matinee concerts, the live Semifinal and Final Rounds of the Olympic-styled Odyssiad® competition, and riveting evening and matinee concerts by internationally renowned pianists, including Van Cliburn winners. Taking place at the foothills of the majestic Rocky Mountains of Colorado, the International Keyboard Odyssiad® and Festival (IKOF) is designed for pianists of all ages and nationalities, teachers, and the general public who love the piano and its repertoire.

Keyboard News

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Alumni Spotlight: Keyboard Area


Sicong “Frank” Zhou (B.M. 2019, CSU; M.M. 2021, Cincinnati Conservatory of Music) was offered a full fellowship to pursue his D.M.A. at the Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music. While a CSU student, Frank won the CSU Concerto Competition, performing the Schumann Piano Concerto with the University Symphony Orchestra, and was an International Keyboard Odyssiad and Festival (IKOF) silver […]

Guest Artists

Guest Artist and Poster Gallery