Organ and Liturgical Studies


Organ students have an opportunity to perform on the world-famous Casavant organ. Since its installation in 1968, the Casavant organ has gained international fame as one of the 25 greatest organs in the world (Anton Heiller, 1968). Built in the North German tradition, the Colorado State University's Casavant is among the most beautifully balanced and well-voiced organs in the world. In addition to practice and lesson time on the Casavant, organ students, through an arrangement with local churches, have access to practice and lesson times on three other exemplary organs in Fort Collins: the Phelps organ at St. Luke's Episcopal Church, the Marcussen & Son organ at First United Methodist Church, and the Allen Digital organ at the American Baptist Church. Harpsichord students practice and take lessons on a two-manual, three-choir instrument built by Dennis Brown (1982) to the specifications of Taskin, the great French harpsichord builder to the Louis' at Versailles.

Liturgical Studies is a course of study that compliments the degree program of an undergraduate or graduate music student interested in the field of church music. It is also designed to provide a continuing education to professional musicians in the community. The program seeks to offer theory and history of liturgical music together with applied music lessons and practical training for church music careers.


Study With

Joel Bacon

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

(970) 491-2431

Phelps Collection

(1923-1999; bulk 1947-1999) Recognized for combining the historic art of organ building with modern mechanical design, Lawrence Phelps designed and supervised the construction of more than 800 organs, including organs at Colorado State University and at St. Luke's Episcopal Church in Fort Collins. The Phelps Collection consists of articles, speeches, correspondence, design notes, tools and parts and biographical materials. The Phelps collection is held at the Morgan Library, please click here to visit the website.


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CSU’s amazing pipe organ featured in lecture


Joel Bacon is featured – along with the Casavant organ – in the President’s Lecture Series by Tony Phifer Joel Bacon doesn’t attempt to hide his enthusiasm for the pipe organ. Not even close. Bacon, associate professor of organ in CSU’s Department of Music, Theatre & Dance, will be the next featured speaker in the […]

Baylor Organist Helps Realize Donors’ Musical Dream


By Brandon Adams Emeritus Professor Robert Cavarra dreamt of having the world’s greatest organists visit Colorado State to perform and share their expertise and passion for knowledgeable audiences. While he was a professor here, he invited world renowned artists such as Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Tagliavini, Gillian Weir, E. Power Biggs, and Anton Heiller to play […]

February 2016 Faculty Notes


Last fall, Music Education Professor Dr. Bonnie Jacobi, had her research published The Journal of Historical Research in Music Education. Her article titled “In Burst of Fresh Song” – William Churchill Hammond and His Christmas Caroling Choir at Mount Holyoke College explains how he not only helped to reinstate the musical celebration of Christmas after […]