Strings Area

Overview

The CSU string area seeks to empower students with the knowledge, skills and experience needed for a successful career in music. One-on-one training with artist/scholars, chamber ensemble coaching sessions, rehearsals and concerts with the University Symphony and Sinfonia Orchestras promote the intellectual, creative and artistic growth of each student. We believe that total musicianship involves training the artists of the future to have a breadth of knowledge. Professional musicians today are performers, scholars, educators and active supporters of the cause of music. Our string program guides the aspiring musician towards the fulfillment of these goals.

Pedagogy = The Art of Teaching

Did you know there are currently extraordinary opportunities for a career combining performance and teaching? Let us prepare you for the high professional demands of this rewarding field. At Colorado State University, we emphasize the importance of performing AND teaching.

Focus on Private Studio Pedagogy

This track prepares you to teach violin, viola, or cello in a private studio setting or music school. The curriculum follows guidelines established by the American String Teachers Association and includes comprehensive training in methods developed by renowned pedagogues such as Robert Gillespie, Paul Rolland, and Phyllis Young. Our award-winning, internationally recognized faculty will observe and guide you as you gain valuable experience teaching beginning and intermediate students.

 

Study With

Ronald Francois

Associate Professor of Music; Violin, Chamber Music; Coordinator of Strings Area

Ron.Francois@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3160

Leslie Stewart

Instructor of Music; Violin, Chamber Music, Pedagogy; Director of Master of Music, Music Education Conducting Specialization

Leslie2.Stewart@colostate.edu

(970) 219-5985

Margaret Miller

Instructor of Music; Viola; Coordinator of Graduate String Quartet Program

Margaret.J.Miller@colostate.edu

(719) 660-0878

Barbara Thiem

Instructor of Music; Cello, Chamber Music, Pedagogy

Barbara.Thiem@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3276

Forest Greenough

Associate Professor of Music; Double Bass, Music Theory

Forest.Greenough@colostate.edu

Jeff LaQuatra

Instructor of Music; Guitar; Music Appreciation

Jeff.LaQuatra@colostate.edu

Strings Events

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 25, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal [...]

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 26, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal snake bite, Orpheus descends into the [...]

CSU Trumpet Day

October 27, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Join us for a full day of clinics, trumpet ensembles, and recitals designed for trumpet players of all ages, especially those in high school and middle school.

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 27, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal snake bite, Orpheus descends into the [...]

Opera: The Myth of Orfeus (Orfeo ed Euridice) by Christoph Willibald Gluck

October 28, 2018 at 2:00 PM
Directed by Tiffany Blake; Conducted by Wes Kenney October 25, 26, 27, 7:30 p.m., matinee on October 28, 2 p.m. Griffin Concert Hall, UCA Orpheus, musician and poet of mythological legend, was said to have the ability to charm all living things with his voice. When his beloved Eurydice dies of a fatal snake bite, [...]

Guest Artist Concert: Claude Delangle, Saxophone

October 29, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Soloist, researcher, and pedagogue, Claude Delangle – one of the great contemporary saxophonists – stands out as the master of the French saxophone. Privileged interpreter for classic works, he enriches the repertoire and encourages creation by collaborating with renowned composers, as well as promoting young composers. “This event is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity for both our [...]

Masterclass: Claude Delangle, Saxophone / FREE

October 30, 2018 at 10:00 AM
CSU students perform for the great saxophonist and pedagogue, Claude Delangle from the Paris Conservatory for an enlightening masterclass featuring classics of French and contemporary repertoire. The masterclass is free and open to public observation.

2018 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2018 at 7:00 PM
The organ studio and CSU faculty artist Joel Bacon present the 13th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit! “Since it’s also the 50th anniversary of the organ, this Halloween we’re going to do something pretty special, and I’ve got some crazy ideas,” promises Dr. Bacon.

2018 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2018 at 9:00 PM
The organ studio and CSU faculty artist Joel Bacon present the 13th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit! “Since it’s also the 50th anniversary of the organ, this Halloween we’re going to do something pretty special, and I’ve got some crazy ideas,” promises Dr. Bacon.

2018 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2018 at 11:00 PM
The organ studio and CSU faculty artist Joel Bacon present the 13th annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza, with classic (and not-so-classic) works, including the famous Toccata and Fugue in D minor by Johann Sebastian Bach. Spooky sounds, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit! “Since it’s also the 50th anniversary of the organ, this Halloween we’re going to do something pretty special, and I’ve got some crazy ideas,” promises Dr. Bacon.

Virtuoso Series Concert, Eric Hollenbeck, Percussion

November 1, 2018 at 6:00 PM
For this eclectic recital, CSU faculty artist Eric Hollenbeck is joined by faculty colleagues for an energetic show, including a premier of a new work for timpani by Percussion Professor Shilo Stroman.

Graduate String Quartet Recital / FREE

November 1, 2018 at 8:00 PM
The Graduate String Quartet presents music from the great repertoire for string quartet.

Student Recital: Avrial Turner, Voice

November 2, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Masterclasses: Denise Tryon and Karl Pituch, Horn / FREE

November 2, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Audition Mode Friday, November 2, 7 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Karl Pituch, principal horn in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Denise Tryon, former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and horn professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory, spend several days at [...]

Student Recital: Chris Asercion, Saxophone

November 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Masterclasses: Denise Tryon and Karl Pituch, Horn / FREE

November 3, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Audition Mode Friday, November 2, 7 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Karl Pituch, principal horn in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Denise Tryon, former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and horn professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory, spend several days at [...]

Student Recital: Sicong Zhou, Piano

November 3, 2018 at 3:00 PM

Student Recital: Anna Howell, Flute

November 3, 2018 at 5:00 PM

Student Recital: Emilee Smith, Voice

November 3, 2018 at 7:30 PM

Masterclasses: Denise Tryon and Karl Pituch, Horn / FREE

November 4, 2018 at 9:00 AM
Audition Mode Friday, November 2, 7 p.m., Runyan Rehearsal Hall, Saturday, November 3, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Sunday, November 4, 9 a.m., Organ Recital Hall Karl Pituch, principal horn in the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, and Denise Tryon, former member of the Philadelphia Orchestra and horn professor at the Cincinnati Conservatory, spend several days at [...]

Student Recital: Gavin Milburn, Tuba

November 4, 2018 at 4:30 PM

Percussion Ensemble Concert

November 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM
This concert features the most challenging and difficult of modern small group percussion ensemble music! “Patrons will be amazed at what these students have accomplished,” says Percussion Professor Eric Hollenbeck.

Student Recital: Katie Oglesby, Clarinet

November 4, 2018 at 6:00 PM

Virtuoso Series Concert, Terry Leahy, Trombone

November 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
CSU faculty artist Terry Leahy’s recital features works composed for bass trumpet, tenor trombone, and bass trombone by American composer and Juilliard faculty member, Eric Ewazen, including a piece ‘borrowed’ from the trumpet repertoire to be performed on the rarest of brass instruments, bass trumpet.

Voice Area Recital / FREE

November 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM
A recital of art songs and arias.

Classical Convergence Concert Series: ATOS Trio

November 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced Classical Convergence season features world-class performers and ensembles, performing at the University Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Center. The ATOS Trio's warm, expressive, unified sound has garnered them the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award – the gold-standard prize [...]

Jazz Combos Concert

November 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The jazz combos present original compositions and arrangements in the spirit of the swinging innovators of America's art form. Join combos director Shilo Stroman and CSU student musicians for a night of dynamic group interplay and exciting and thoughtful creations!

Masterclass: ATOS Trio

November 8, 2018 at 9:00 AM
The ATOS Trio's warm, expressive, unified sound has garnered them the Kalichstein-Laredo-Robinson International Trio Award – the gold-standard prize for trios in the U.S. Pianist Thomas Hoppe, violinist Annette von Hehn and cellist Stefan Heinemeyer have been conquering the world's major concert series together since 2003. Around the globe, the ATOS Trio is hailed by [...]

Brass Area Recital / FREE

November 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM
A recital presented by brass area students from the studios of Dr. John McGuire, Professor Terry Leahy, and Professor Stephen Dombrowski features repertoire for chamber groups and soloists.

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

November 8, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Outstanding student musicians from the studios of Dr. Wesley Ferreira, clarinet; Professor Andrew Jacobson, oboe; Dr. Gary Moody, bassoon; Dr. Michelle Stanley, flute; and Professor Peter Sommer, saxophone, perform classic and modern literature for chamber groups and soloists.

Chamber Music Recital / FREE

November 11, 2018 at 2:00 PM
The concert features the School’s undergraduate string players performing a wide variety of chamber music as the culmination of the fall semester's work.

CANCELLED: New Music Ensemble Concert / FREE

November 11, 2018 at 7:30 PM
What happens when CSU’s new music ensemble members combine their energy, talent, and vision? It Could Be Anything! Under the direction of Andrew Jacobson, the group showcases growth and change in music by focusing on trends in the global arts world.

Eva Amsler, Flute, and Shalev Ad-El, Harpsichord

November 11, 2018 at 8:00 PM
Following 20 years of orchestra playing and teaching in Switzerland and Austria, Eva Amsler is professor of flute at Florida State University and a pioneer of authentic interpretation of Baroque music on modern flute, as well as an advocate of new music. Ad-El frequents some of the world's most prestigious venues, such as Carnegie Hall, [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music Recital

November 12, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The unique faculty program includes Igor Stravinsky’s Octet for Wind Instruments, the piece that marks the beginning of Stravinsky’s neoclassical phase is conducted by Rebecca Phillips and performed by CSU wind and brass faculty and graduate students. Ron Francois, violin; Copper Ferreira, clarinet; and Eric Hollenbeck, marimba, perform Kevin Puts’ And Legions Will Rise, described by the composer as representing the “power in all of us to transcend during times of tragedy and personal crisis.” Jeff LaQuatra, guitar; Leslie Stewart, violin; Margaret Miller, viola; and Barbara Thiem, cello, perform a very pleasing selection of quartets by Niccolò Paganini and Stephen Goss. “The faculty chamber music concerts have become quite popular with both students and local audiences for providing music combinations not generally heard and introducing little known composers,” describes Barbara Thiem, recital coordinator.

Guest Artist Series: Yakov Kasman and Dina Kasman, Piano

November 13, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Something Old, Something New The 1997 Van Cliburn International Piano Competition silver medalist is a graduate of the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory and former professor of piano at the Music College of the Conservatory. Yakov Kasman is now the distinguished professor of piano and artist-in-residence at the University of Alabama. He is going to be joined [...]

Flute Studio Recital / FREE

November 14, 2018 at 7:00 PM
Members of the flute studio of Dr. Michelle Stanley perform a variety of pieces for the instrument.

Jazz Ensembles Concert

November 15, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The jazz ensembles, conducted by Wil Swindler, present tenor saxophonist Don Aliquo for a concert that brings a thoroughly modern concept to traditional jazz. “Don’s playing is firmly rooted in the tradition, but is as fresh as it gets,” states Swindler. With playing that is accessible to all, and still enjoyable to the most seasoned jazz enthusiast, this is an evening of hard-swinging rhythms and inventive melodies!

Bassoonarama

November 16, 2018 at 12:00 AM
BassoonaRAMa brings together bassoonists ranging in ages 12 to 72, from across Colo., with guest artist, Dr. Kristin Wolfe Jensen. Join us for a master class, presentations on the bassoon, and a closing recital with guest artists. Registration required.

Parade of Lights Preview / FREE

November 29, 2018 at 6:00 PM
The CSU Marching Band returns to the 2018 9NEWS Parade of Lights, leading the annual event through the streets of downtown Denver (Friday, Nov. 30). Support the band during this hometown parade preview on the streets around the University Center for the Arts.

Graduate String Quartet / FREE / NEW DATE

November 30, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Welcome the new graduate trio to the stage with this concert featuring the great string trio repertoire.

CSU Honor Band Festival Concert / FREE

December 2, 2018 at 2:00 PM
CSU’s nationally renowned annual Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians from the Rocky Mountain region. The three-day festival features guest conductors and clinicians from across the country and is capped off with a performance by the High School Honor Band in the beautiful, state-of-the art Griffin Concert Hall.

Concert Orchestra Concert / FREE

December 2, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The Concert Orchestra is open to all string students who wish to continue participating in music during their time at CSU. The ensemble is known for exciting and collaborative performances with guest faculty and students from across the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

Symphonic Band Concert: Metamorphosis

December 6, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Each work presented on the Metamorphosis concert explores the composer’s creative ability to transform existing musical material into new works of art. The concert includes compositions by Edwin E. Bagley, John Barnes Chance, Ira Hearshen, David Gillingham, and David Lovrien, and also features the 1957 American Band Association Ostwald Award winning composition, Symphonic Suite, by Clifton Williams. Please join us for an exciting evening of upcycled music for wind band.

CSU High School Honor Band

December 7, 2018 - December 9, 2018 at 12:00 AM
CSU’s nationally renowned Honor Band Festival is an annual event, bringing together the finest high school musicians from the Rocky Mountain region, selected from hundreds of applicants from throughout the western United States. The three-day festival features guest conductors and clinicians from across the country and is capped off with a performance by the High School Honor Band. Audition required.

Wind Symphony Concert - Foundations: A Celebration of Liberal Arts

December 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM
The 2018-2019 Wind Symphony season explores civilization and how humans develop a creative, moral, spiritual, and intellectual understanding of the world. Colorado State University is committed to the humanities, and the ensemble, conducted by Rebecca Phillips, continues the season by highlighting famous works that showcase text and cadence, essential to both musical compositions and literature. We hope you will join us as we continue to celebrate the Liberal Arts at the UCA!

Freshman Voice Studio Recital / FREE

December 9, 2018 at 2:00 PM
The semester’s culminating recital by our freshman vocalists

Classical Convergence Concert: Animaniacs In Concert

February 8, 2019 at 7:30 PM
The Music! The Animation! The Voice-Over Stars! Animaniacs is one of the most beloved and enduring cartoon shows and Animaniacs in Concert — performed by the original composer Randy Rogel and voice talents of Rob Paulsen (Yakko), Jess Harnell (Wakko) and Maurice LaMarche (Brain from Pinky and the Brain) — now brings its music to the Lincoln Center. [...]

Classical Convergence Concert: International Contemporary Ensemble (ICE)

February 28, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced season features world-class performers and ensembles, performing at the University Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Center. This artist collective is transforming the way music is created and experienced. With a global perspective, this contemporary classical music ensemble [...]

R.O.C.K.E. Kodály Workshop

March 2, 2019 at 12:00 AM
Guest Clinician: Dr. Liza Meyer Kodály Meets Orff - Applying the Best of Both Worlds for Learning and Creating Register at https://www.coloradokodaly.org/workshops.html

Classical Convergence Concert: collectif9

March 30, 2019 at 7:30 PM
Building on the foundation of the classical music tradition, but with a contemporary edge, the co-produced season features world-class performers and ensembles, performing at the University Center for the Arts and the Lincoln Center. This cutting-edge classical string band is known for their energized, innovative arrangements of traditional repertoire. Their lighting, staging, and amplification melds [...]

Dare to Dabble with Dalcroze Eurhythmics

April 13, 2019 at 12:00 AM
    Saturday April 13, 2019 (IRH)

Strings News

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CSU music professors perform their first concert as a new duo

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—By Emily Kaiser, UCA Publicity Intern Colorado State University music professors Michelle Stanley and Jeff LaQuatra, also known as the Quatra Duo, are debuting two new pieces at their upcoming Virtuosos Series Concert, Something New: Music for Flute – Stanley on flute, LaQuatra on guitar. The performance takes place on Monday, Oct. 22 at 7:30 […]

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University Symphony Orchestra Celebrates The 10th Anniversary of the UCA

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Special guests include Bernard Scully, former horn player for The Canadian Brass The School of Music, Theatre and Dance at Colorado State University presents the fall University Symphony Orchestra Concert, conducted by Maestro Wes Kenney. The performance is taking place on Thursday, Sept. 20 and Friday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m. at the University Center […]

Strings Blog

The 13th Annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza

With the autumn season and Halloween rapidly approaching, the University Center for the Arts is preparing for the 13th Annual Halloween Organ Extravaganza. Dr. Joel Bacon, professor of organ, and his organ students will perform three shows on Halloween at 7 p.m., 9 p.m., and 11 p.m. in the Organ Recital Hall at the UCA. […]

Artists-in-Residence

 

Borromeo String Quartet: The visionary performances of the ensemble have established them as one of the most important string quartets of our time. The Chicago Tribune calls the Borromeo “a remarkably accomplished string quartet, not simply for its high technical polish and refined tone, but more importantly for the searching musical insights it brings.”

 

The Mendelssohn Trio: Formed in 1988, the trio is named for cellist Barbara Thiem's great grandfather, Franz von Mendelssohn, a nephew of Felix Mendelssohn Bartholdy and an important supporter of artists and musicians in the Berlin of the early 20th century. While performing the standard repertoire of the 18th and 19th centuries the trio has made an effort to introduce its audiences to works by 20th century American and European composers. The members give frequent concerts and work closely with students on chamber music projects.

Graduate String Quartet Program

 

Prerequisites for Admission: Bachelor’s Degree in Music, variety of solo and chamber music repertoire.

Opportunities:

  • Assistance in developing artistic and business-related aspects for a successful quartet career
  • Participation in LEAP courses is encouraged
  • Seminar Topics Include:
    • Outreach Program Development
    • Creative Programming
    • Commissioning New Works
    • Arts Leadership & Administration
    • Chamber Music literature/Pedagogy
    • Supervised Coaching Experience

Students will be Involved in the Following:

  • Daily Rehearsal Time
  • Dedicated ensemble rehearsal space in our new state-of-the-art teaching and performance facility
  • Weekly Coaching

Additional Professional Work Available:

  • Opportunities with four professional symphonies in Northern Colorado
  • Teaching Opportunities
  • Chamber Music Performances

For more information, please contact Margaret Miller.

Guest Artists

2004-2005

Alexander String QuartetSan Francisco State University

2006-2007

Cavani String Quartet, Cleveland Institute of Music; cavani.org

2007-2008

Hugo Wolf String Quartett, Vienna; hugowolfquartet.com

2008-2009

Boris Garlitsky. Paris Conservatoire, Concertmaster of London Philharmonic

2015-2016

Break of Reality, cello rock, breakofreality.com

Turtle Island, turtleislandquartet.com

Lysander Trio, lysandertrio.com

Minguet Quartet, minguet.de

Annual Guest

Borromeo String Quartet, borromeoquartet.org