Keyboard

Overview

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.

Study With

Bryan Wallick

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Piano

(970) 632-8623

Bryan.Wallick@colostate.edu

Denise Apodaca

  • Senior Instructor
  • Honors Faculty

Denise.Apodaca@colostate.edu

Tim Burns

  • Senior Instructor of Music
  • Coordinator of Piano Proficiency

Tim.Burns@colostate.edu

Joel Bacon

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

Joel.Bacon@colostate.edu

Keyboard Events

Virtuoso Series Concert: Juhyun Lee, Piano

November 2, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Flute and Piano Duo with Norman Menzales, Flute The second recital of the semester given by collaborative piano faculty, Juhyun Lee, features the principal flutist of the Fort Collins Symphony, Norman Menzales, and is filled with tales that are still relevant in 2022. Stories of Pinocchio, the mythological musician Linus, and the Romani of Eastern [...]

DATE CHANGEVirtuoso Series Concert: Jooyeon Chang and Hsin-Hsuan Lin

November 28, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Piano Duo Enjoy a collection of works written for four hands playing on just one piano! The Lin and Chang Piano Duo featuring faculty artist Jooyeon Chang with Hsin-Hsuan Lin, perform works by the most well-known composers for the instrument, including Wolfgang Amadeu Mozart, Felix Mendelssohn, Claude Debussy, and Gabriel Fauré. Concert programs are available [...]

Keyboard News

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CSU Music Education faculty and students selected to present at national conference

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Dr. Bonnie Jacobi, associate professor of Music Education, is co-presenting a session at the National Conference of the American Eurhythmics Society on Saturday, Oct. 9, 2021. The session will be co-presented with three senior-year B.M. Music Education students: John Andretsos, Cass Brandriff, and Jake Elam. The title of the session is: “Show Me the Music!” […]

Guest Artists

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