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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Organ Events

Organ News

CSU Presents 9th Annual Halloween Organ Concert


This Wildly Popular Concert is Back to Spook, Scare, and Entertain CSU students and faculty members along with guest musicians will play a “spooky” organ concert with multiple performances on Friday, October 31, at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall at the University Center of the Arts, 1400 Remington […]

2014 Organ Week


Fort Collins – Colorado State University will once again host the popular Organ Week on June 8 – 13. For 2014, the teaching portion of the annual festival at Colorado State will be a collaborative event with the American Guild of Organists, becoming one of guild’s “Pipe Organ Encounter” locations. The curriculum is designed for […]

Cavarra Organ Series Continues at CSU


Cavarra Organ Series Continues at CSU Featuring Special Guest Dr. Robert Bates, University of Houston Fort Collins, Colo. – The Cavarra Organ Series at Colorado State University continues this spring with a concert by University of Houston’s Dr. Robert Bates, on Tuesday, April 8 at 7:30 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall at the University […]