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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Medieval Music Concert is a Rare Experience


Unique: a word we use so often that perhaps we sometimes forget what it means. An adjective meaning the only one of its kind, or unlike anything else, we could interchangeably use words like distinct, individual, and special. On Nov. 10, Dr. Joel Bacon, Chair of Organ and Liturgical Studies and associate professor of Organ […]

Annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza Celebrates Ten Years of Spooktacular Fun!


The organ studio and CSU faculty Joel Bacon presents the annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by J.S. Bach. Spooky sounds are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit on Saturday, Oct. 31 at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m. in […]

Third Annual Organ Week at CSU


The third annual Organ Week, a summer music camp and organ festival presented by the School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University, takes place the second week of June when nightly concerts at the UCA, and on prominent organs around the city, feature world-renowned soloists performing major solo and collaborative works. Organ […]