Keyboard Area


Welcome to the Keyboard area at Colorado State University, where excellence in the pursuit of musical expression, technical mastery, and artistry in performance is our primary goal. As a pianist or an organist, you will be guided in your performance study by a gifted team of artist-teachers, performers, and internationally recognized scholars in the field. Pianists and organists relish the unusual amount of individual attention and focus on keyboard study they receive at Colorado State University in private lessons, weekly master classes, departmental recitals, keyboard literature classes, liturgical music studies, or classes in chamber music, improvisation and pedagogy. Also, keyboard students enjoy numerous performance opportunities and other musical experiences at Colorado State University. At the heart of every pianist is an intense love of the instrument, its touch, its vast repertoire, and its seemingly inexhaustible capacity for expression. This is mirrored in the words of the great pianist and composer, Franz Liszt:

"My piano is to me what his vessel is to the seaman, his horse to the Arab, nay, even more, 'til (sic) now it has been myself, my speech, my life. It is the repository of all that stirred my nature in the passionate days of my youth. I confided to it all my desires, my dreams, my joys and my sorrows. Its strings vibrated to my emotions and its keys obeyed my every caprice."

In the Keyboard area, emphasis is placed upon growth of the individual student, with excellence in applied instruction constantly reinforced by practical experience in the public performance of solo, chamber, and concerto repertoire. Weekly private lessons and performance classes on Steinway grands culminate in solo public recitals in the junior and senior years, and opportunities to appear as soloists with orchestra are provided through the annual Concerto Competition. Experience in accompanying is gained throughout the four years of undergraduate study through class instruction and laboratory experience in the vocal and instrumental studios. Ear training skills and improvisation are honed through piano labs and improvisation classes, and pedagogic techniques are learned and practiced through the supervision of beginning and intermediate pedagogy classes.

Piano and B.M. in Music Education

Pianists may audition for the keyboard faculty for the B.M. Music Education degree program as either choral-track or instrumental-track. Piano will be considered as their principal instrument on which they will pursue applied study. Piano applicants must also interview with the Music Education area to be considered for the B.M. Music Education degree program, and should have experience as a performing member of one or more large, secondary music ensembles to receive consideration for admittance into the degree program.

Organ and Liturgical Studies

The Keyboard Area includes a comprehensive program in Organ and Liturgical Studies. Click here for more information.

Study With

Janet Landreth

Coordinator of Keyboard Studies
Professor of Piano

(970) 491-6880

Denise Favela Apodaca

Coordinator of Piano Proficiency
Special Assistant Professor, Music Appreciation

Tim Burns

Supervisor of Piano Accompanying

(970) 491-3244

Joel Bacon

Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair in Organ and Liturgical Studies
Associate Professor of Organ

(970) 491-2431

Keyboard Events

Virtuoso Series Concert, Patty Goble, Soprano; Dan Goble, Saxophone; and Russell Hirshfield, Piano

November 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Cycles CSU faculty member Patty Goble, Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Dan Goble, and Western Connecticut State University faculty member Russell Hirshfiled perform music for voice, saxophone, and piano by Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frank Ticheli, Joan Tower, and Piet Swerts.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music

November 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM
The unique chamber music program includes Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes performed by vocalists Tiffany Blake, Sarah Barber, John Pierce, and John Seeholtz with pianists Chris Reed and Tim Burns; Aaron Copland’s Threnody I: In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky and Threnody II: In Memoriam Beatrice Cunningham for flute and string trio performed by Dawn Grapes, Leslie Stewart, [...]

Music in the Museum Series, Joel Bacon, Harpsichord / FREE

November 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM
With CSU Faculty Artists, and Dr. Emily Moore, Assistant Professor of Art History The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances and brief historic backgrounds by music and art faculty. We invite you to holistically absorb the power of music and the visual arts and the relationships between them through [...]