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

Coordinator of Strings Area
Associate Professor of Violin
Chamber Music

Ron.Francois@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3160

Leslie Stewart

Special Assistant Professor of Violin
Director of Master of Music, Music Education Conducting Specialization
Chamber Music
Pedagogy

Leslie2.Stewart@colostate.edu

(970) 219-5985

Margaret Miller

Special Assistant Professor of Viola
Coordinator of the Graduate String Quartet Program

Margaret.J.Miller@colostate.edu

(719) 660-0878

Barbara Thiem

Special Assistant Professor of Cello
Chamber Music
Pedagogy

Barbara.Thiem@colostate.edu

(970) 491-3276

Forest Greenough

Associate Professor of Double Bass
Music Theory

Forest.Greenough@colostate.edu

Strings Events

Guest Artist: Payton MacDonald, Percussion / FREE

September 21, 2017 at 6:00 PM
The extraordinary Payton MacDonald gives a recital involving multiple percussion instruments utilized in a varied and interesting fashion. Described by the Los Angeles Times as an "...inventive, stylistically omnivorous composer and gifted performer...," MacDonald is a full professor of music at William Paterson University and is co-artistic director of SHASTRA, an organization bringing together music [...]

University Symphony Orchestra & CSU Theatre Present: Every Good Boy Deserves Favor

September 21, 2017 at 7:30 PM
On Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Eric Prince, director, and Wes Kenney, conductor, will give a pre-show discussion as part of a College of Liberal Arts-wide initiative to expand awareness of issues of diversity, inclusion, and free speech. We hope you'll join us! The University Symphony Orchestra and CSU Theatre perform Every Good Boy [...]

University Symphony Orchestra & CSU Theatre Present: Every Good Boy Deserves Favor

September 22, 2017 at 7:30 PM
On Thursday, Sept. 21 at 6:30 p.m., Eric Prince, director, and Wes Kenney, conductor, will give a pre-show discussion as part of a College of Liberal Arts-wide initiative to expand awareness of issues of diversity, inclusion, and free speech. We hope you'll join us! The University Symphony Orchestra and CSU Theatre perform Every Good Boy [...]

Voice Area Recital #1 / FREE

September 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Performances of art songs and arias from undergraduate and graduate voice majors.

Master Class: Joel Becktell, Cello

September 28, 2017 at 5:00 PM
Cellist Joel Becktell gives a master class to CSU students and the public, providing hands-on instruction in an open, informal setting. He is a founding member of REVEL, a chamber ensemble performing an exceptionally wide-ranging repertoire. revelatx.org.

Jazz Ensembles Concert

September 28, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Centennial Celebration of Thelonious Monk and Dizzy Gillespie Jazz Ensembles I and II present classic and new arrangements for big band featuring the music of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk, honoring their 100th birthdays. “The influence of Dizzy Gillespie and Thelonious Monk on jazz music from the 1940s forward cannot be overstated,” says Peter Sommer, [...]

Guest Artist: Joel Becktell, Cello / FREE

September 29, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Bach in Time Joel Becktell presents suites by J.S. Bach on the Baroque, as well as on the modern cello. Becktell has performed, taught, and lectured throughout North and Central America and Europe, is assistant principal cellist of the Santa Fe Symphony, and a member of the ProMusica Chamber Orchestra of Columbus (Ohio). He is [...]

Student Recital: Aidan King, Trombone

September 30, 2017 at 12:00 PM

Student Recital: Katie Gardner, Violin

September 30, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Classical Convergence, Black Violin: Classical Boom Tour

September 30, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Black Violin has announced their US Classical Boom Tour, which kicks off on Aug. 23 in Martha’s Vineyard, MA. The 29 market tour is a follow up to the successful Unity tour, which saw 28 sold-out public performances. After serving as the house band for the ESPN’s hosted 82nd Annual Heisman Memorial Trophy Presentation, the [...]

Guest Artists: Bruce Tychinski, Trombone, and Heidi Lucas, Horn / FREE

October 2, 2017 at 5:30 PM
Dr. Bruce Tychinski is on faculty at the University of Delaware, and is an active performer and clinician in the Northeast with orchestras, bands, jazz and commercial groups, and chamber ensembles. Dr. Heidi Lucas is on faculty at the Indiana University of Pennsylvania, and has extensive orchestral experience and background in commissioning.

Guest Artist: Sarah Craft and Megan Pachecano, Voice / FREE

October 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM
With Chris Reed, Piano Entrepreneurial Workshop, TBA This recital features the young New York City artists who’ve experienced successful careers through entrepreneurial and non-traditional means. Sarah Craft is a full-time classical musician, and Megan Pachecano has worked to build a society for Latina/Latinos in NYC opera, while singing for several opera companies and performing in [...]

Symphonic Band Concert

October 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM
An American Songbook The Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Richard Frey, kicks off their season with a vibrant program of American works for wind band. Combining patriotic and contemporary pieces, this concert explores music in our contemporary society. Vincent Persichetti’s stirring A Lincoln Address, and Christopher Nelson’s beautiful setting of Wayfaring Stranger, are highlights of [...]

Student Recital: Paul Walcott, Cello

October 6, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Student Recital: Abigail Nelson, Cello

October 6, 2017 at 5:00 PM

Chamber Choir and Concert Choir Concert

October 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM
The first choral concert of the academic year features CSU’s two auditioned ensembles: the Chamber Choir and the Concert Choir, both conducted by Dr. James Kim. The Concert Choir performs repertoire from the vast history of choral music, particularly the Renaissance, the Baroque, and the modern eras. The 250th anniversary of the death of prolific [...]

Student Recital: Anthony Federico, Bassoon

October 6, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Colorado Clarinet Day

October 7, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Join us and our special guest artist Mark Nuccio, principal clarinetist of the Houston Symphony, for a day of all things clarinet, including recitals, lectures, master classes, and more. Vendors will be on hand with instruments and accessories for attendees to explore. Registration required. Contact: Wesley.Ferreira@colostate.edu

Guest Artists: Mark Nuccio, Clarinet, and Wendy Chen, Piano / FREE

October 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Mark Nuccio is principal clarinet with the Houston Symphony Orchestra, following seventeen years with the New York Philharmonic, and is on faculty at the University of Houston's Moore School of Music. With an impressive collection of national and international awards, Wendy Chen has garnered critical acclaim for her engagements with leading orchestras and concert halls [...]

Percussion Ensemble Concert

October 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM
With Guest Peter Ferry, Percussion The concert features the music of Elliot Cole, performed with guest percussionist Peter Ferry. Proclaimed by the New York Times as a "charismatic contemporary bard,” Cole’s work has been performed by A Far Cry, the Chicago Composers Orchestra, Metropolis Ensemble, the Lucerne Festival Academy, and over 100 percussion ensembles around [...]

Student Recital: Genevieve Sullivan, Voice

October 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Virtuoso Series Concert, Barbara Thiem, Cello

October 9, 2017 at 7:30 PM
With Theresa Bogard, Piano The duo of Thiem and Bogard return for a program of standard cello repertoire and unusual pieces, including Sergei Rachmaninov and Bohuslav Martinů sonatas. Barbara Thiem is professor of cello at CSU, and Theresa Bogard is chair of the Department of Music, University of Wyoming.

Music in the Museum Series, Andrew Jacobson, Oboe / FREE

October 10, 2017 at 12:00 PM
With It Could Be Anything members, and Annie Krieg, instructor of Art History The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances and brief historic backgrounds by music and art faculty. We invite you to holistically absorb the power of music and the visual arts and the relationships between them through [...]

Music in the Museum Series, Andrew Jacobson, Oboe / FREE

October 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM
With It Could Be Anything members, and Annie Krieg, instructor of Art History The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances and brief historic backgrounds by music and art faculty. We invite you to holistically absorb the power of music and the visual arts and the relationships between them through [...]

CANCELLED - Guest Artist: Triptych Trio

October 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM
This event has been CANCELLED, and will not be rescheduled. As a compositional collective, the trio – Grammy-nominated violinist Zach Brock, bassist Matt Ulery, and drummer Jon Deitemyer – creates repertoire that is an unorthodox combination of post-Romantic classical, Appalachian, and American jazz dialects fused with rhythms from West Africa, South America, and Eastern Europe.

Concert Orchestra and University Chorus Concert

October 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM
The orchestra, conducted by Leslie Stewart, opens their program with Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Symphony No. 1 in E-flat major, followed by Suilean a Chloinne (Children's Eyes) by Jennifer Margaret Barker. Benjamin Britten's Simple Symphony, Op. 4 concludes the program. “Mozart wrote his first symphony when he was only eight! Britten's symphony is based on piano [...]

Wind Symphony Concert

October 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Find Your State: State of Inspiration The 2017-2018 Wind Symphony season highlights CSU’s commitment to community, spirit, innovation, and inspiration. All of these ideals clearly connect to music and the arts, and the ensemble, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, begins its season by highlighting works of inspiration by great composers from home and abroad. Each [...]

Homecoming and Family Weekend Parade and Friday Night Lights Pep Rally

October 13, 2017 at 4:00 PM
2017 Season Schedule 8/26 - Home vs. Oregon State 9/1 - Rocky Mountain Showdown 9/9 - Home vs. Abilene Christian 10/13 - Homecoming Parade 10/14 - Home vs. Nevada 10/18 - CBA Regionals Performance 10/28 - Home vs. Air Force 11/11 - Home vs. Boise State 11/18 - Home vs. San José State 11/30 - [...]

Student Recital: Joshua Greiner, Cello

October 13, 2017 at 4:30 PM

Student Recital: Andria Hall, Voice

October 13, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Student Recital: Kadi Horn, Viola

October 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Homecoming 2017: Alumni Marching Band

October 14, 2017 at 9:00 AM
We’re excited to announce the 2017 Alumni Marching Band as part of CSU’s Homecoming and Family Weekend on October 13-14! We hope that you’ll join us for the first Alumni Marching Band in the new on-campus stadium, as we bring together members from throughout our 117-year history. Reconnect with friends, meet others who have shared [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert, Janet Landreth, Piano

October 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM
CSU faculty member Janet Landreth performs works by the “Poet of the Piano,” Frederic Chopin, who captures the passion of 19th century romanticism: poignant lyricism, chromatic expressiveness, and brilliant virtuosity. “Chopin’s music speaks to me in a very personal way, particularly after performing in Mallorca, Spain and visiting Valldemosso, the monastery where Chopin lived and [...]

Student Recital: Ian Maxwell, Percussion

October 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM

CSU Marching Band at CBA North Regionals Performance

October 18, 2017 at 8:00 PM
2017 Season Schedule 8/26 - Home vs. Oregon State 9/1 - Rocky Mountain Showdown 9/9 - Home vs. Abilene Christian 10/13 - Homecoming Parade 10/14 - Home vs. Nevada 10/18 - CBA Regionals Performance 10/28 - Home vs. Air Force 11/11 - Home vs. Boise State 11/18 - Home vs. San José State 11/30 - [...]

Classical Convergence, PUBLIQuartet

October 24, 2017 at 7:30 PM
This ‘genre-independent’ string quartet pushes traditional boundaries by showcasing new music and supporting emerging composers, featuring works that range from the classical canon to jazz, and often including open-form improvisation. Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Founded in 2010 and dedicated to presenting [...]

Guest Artist: Denver Art Song Project / FREE

October 25, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Art Songs that go bump in the Night! Join the Denver Art Song Project as they perform spooky songs for Halloween. Experience art songs paired with stories, visual art, and super-titles in their unique and conversational style. Featuring CSU Vocal Professor Dr. John Seesholtz, DASP Artists Sarah Stone, Eapen Leubner, and Mallory Bernstein.

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

October 26, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Directed by John Carlo Pierce, Conducted by Wes Kenney The amusing tale of a pair of brothers and a pair of sisters, embroiled in a love quadrangle for the ages. Confusion and jealousy arise when a love letter is intercepted, and its contents misunderstood. "The comedic aspect of this opera is unique among Handel's output,” [...]

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

October 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Directed by John Carlo Pierce, Conducted by Wes Kenney The amusing tale of a pair of brothers and a pair of sisters, embroiled in a love quadrangle for the ages. Confusion and jealousy arise when a love letter is intercepted, and its contents misunderstood. "The comedic aspect of this opera is unique among Handel's output,” [...]

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

October 28, 2017 at 8:00 PM
Directed by John Carlo Pierce, Conducted by Wes Kenney The amusing tale of a pair of brothers and a pair of sisters, embroiled in a love quadrangle for the ages. Confusion and jealousy arise when a love letter is intercepted, and its contents misunderstood. "The comedic aspect of this opera is unique among Handel's output,” [...]

OcTUBAfest 2017

October 29, 2017 at 8:00 AM
Guest Artist Masterclass: 3:30 p.m.; Guest Artist Recital, 5 p.m.; CSU Tuba Studio Recital, 7:30 p.m. Octubafest is an evening of celebration of the tuba with a masterclass and two recitals as the tuba moves from the back row to center stage, featuring guest artist Brian Kiser, professor of tuba at Youngstown State University. Enjoy [...]

Xerxes by George Frideric Handel

October 29, 2017 at 2:00 PM
Directed by John Carlo Pierce, Conducted by Wes Kenney The amusing tale of a pair of brothers and a pair of sisters, embroiled in a love quadrangle for the ages. Confusion and jealousy arise when a love letter is intercepted, and its contents misunderstood. "The comedic aspect of this opera is unique among Handel's output,” [...]

2017 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2017 at 7:00 PM
The organ studio and CSU faculty member Joel Bacon present the 12th 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, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit!

2017 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2017 at 9:00 PM
The organ studio and CSU faculty member Joel Bacon present the 12th 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, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit!

2017 Halloween Organ Extravaganza

October 31, 2017 at 11:00 PM
The organ studio and CSU faculty member Joel Bacon present the 12th 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, combined with lighting and special effects, are sure to put you in the Halloween spirit!

Student Recital: Peter Hirscchorn, Percussion

November 1, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Virtuoso Series Concert, Patty Goble, Soprano; Dan Goble, Saxophone; and Russell Hirshfield, Piano

November 2, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Cycles CSU faculty member Patty Goble, Director of the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance Dan Goble, and Western Connecticut State University faculty member Russell Hirshfiled perform music for voice, saxophone, and piano by Claude Debussy, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Frank Ticheli, Joan Tower, and Piet Swerts.

Master Class: Ed Saindon, Percussion

November 3, 2017 at 11:00 AM
Ed Saindon, professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music and one of New York’s premier vibraphonist, gives a free master class, providing hands-on instruction to CSU students, in an open, informal setting. The format benefits all ages of observers.

Student Recital: Jun Terasawa, Composition

November 3, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Guest Artist: Ed Saindon, Percussion / FREE

November 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Ed Saindon, professor of percussion at Berklee College of Music and one of New York’s premier vibraphonist, gives a jazz recital of standards accompanied by CSU faculty and students.

Student Recital: Samantha Post, Flute

November 4, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Student Recital: Sicong Zhou, Piano

November 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Student Recital: Eric Lagergren, Trombone

November 6, 2017 at 7:00 PM

Virtuoso Series Concert, Faculty Chamber Music

November 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM
The unique chamber music program includes Johannes Brahms’ Liebeslieder Waltzes performed by vocalists Tiffany Blake, Sarah Barber, John Pierce, and John Seeholtz with pianists Chris Reed and Tim Burns; Aaron Copland’s Threnody I: In Memoriam Igor Stravinsky and Threnody II: In Memoriam Beatrice Cunningham for flute and string trio performed by Dawn Grapes, Leslie Stewart, [...]

Voice Area Recital #2 / FREE

November 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Performances of art songs and arias from undergraduate and graduate voice majors.

Trombone Studio Recital / FREE

November 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
The members of the trombone studio present a recital with a variety of solos and chamber ensembles.

Woodwind Area Recital / FREE

November 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
A recital presented by woodwind students from the studios of Dr. Wesley Ferreira, Professor Andrew Jacobson, Dr. Gary Moody, Dr. Michele Stanley, and Professor Peter Sommer features classic and modern literature for chamber groups and soloists.

Student Recital: Nicholas Louis, Voice

November 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Student Recital: Becca Stapfer, Clarinet

November 10, 2017 at 7:30 PM

Student Recital: James Ackermann, Saxophone

November 12, 2017 at 2:30 PM

Student Recital: Ayo Derbyshire, Horn

November 12, 2017 at 4:00 PM

Student Recital: Kennedy Malone, Clarinet

November 12, 2017 at 6:00 PM

It Could Be Anything Concert

November 12, 2017 at 7:30 PM
New Music Ensemble 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.

Student Recital: Jiayi Qi, Piano

November 12, 2017 at 8:00 PM

Clarinet Studio Recital / FREE

November 13, 2017 at 7:00 PM
The dynamic studio of Dr. Wesley Ferreira performs solo and chamber works from the clarinet repertoire. “This is a great opportunity for our students to showcase their talents and to gain performance experience. Likewise, this is a wonderful opportunity for our audience hear a variety of music that showcases the clarinet’s versatility,” says Ferreira

Virtuoso Series Concert, Tiffany Blake, Soprano

November 13, 2017 at 7:30 PM
With Chris Reed, Piano A recital of art songs.

Music in the Museum Series, Joel Bacon, Harpsichord / FREE

November 14, 2017 at 12:00 PM
With CSU Faculty Artists, and Dr. Emily Moore, Assistant Professor of Art History The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances and brief historic backgrounds by music and art faculty. We invite you to holistically absorb the power of music and the visual arts and the relationships between them through [...]

Music in the Museum Series, Joel Bacon, Harpsichord / FREE

November 14, 2017 at 6:00 PM
With CSU Faculty Artists, and Dr. Emily Moore, Assistant Professor of Art History The series explores the cross-fertilization between music and the visual arts, with performances and brief historic backgrounds by music and art faculty. We invite you to holistically absorb the power of music and the visual arts and the relationships between them through [...]

Classical Convergence, Morgenstern Trio

November 14, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Named after the famed poet Christian Morgenstern, this German piano trio has been praised for their “unanimity, polished technique and musical imagination” by The Washington Post. *Public pricing may increase by $5-$10 based on inventory

Brass Area Recital / FREE

November 15, 2017 at 7:30 PM
A recital presented by brass area students from the studios of Dr. John McGuire, Professor Caleb Hudson, and Professor Stephen Dombrowski features repertoire for chamber groups and soloists.

Jazz Ensembles Concert #2

November 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Music of Colorado Composers Back by popular demand, Jazz Ensembles I and II perform the music of composers from the great state of Colorado! The Centennial State is home to some of the greatest modern big band composers in the country, including resident composer Wil Swindler. “We had a great time featuring music from our [...]

Medieval Music Concert

November 16, 2017 at 7:30 PM
The Play of Daniel With Guest John Carlo Pierce, Tenor; Directed by Joel Bacon Pre-Concert lecture given by Dr. Bacon at 6:30 p.m. The unique program features a performance by students and faculty of The Play of Daniel (Ludus Danielis), a sung drama from 13th century France. The play tells the biblical story of Daniel – [...]

Sinfonia Concert

November 17, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Under the direction of Professor Wes Kenney, the select chamber orchestra is known for performing music from the Baroque to contemporary while specializing in the Classic period music of W.A. Mozart and Joseph Haydn.

Guest Artist: Ad Hoc Cello Quartet / FREE

November 27, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Back by popular demand, the quartet returns with varied repertoire and a final number with cello students joining the quartet for a cello choir selection.

2017 Holiday Spectacular

November 29, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Open Dress Rehearsal for CSU Students only: Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m. (FREE, but ID required) Public Performances: Thursday, November 30, 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with our family-friendly and wildly popular annual presentation! Featuring performances from CSU ensembles and other special guests, this charming evening of [...]

2017 Parade of Lights Preview / FREE

November 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM
The CSU Marching Band returns to the 2017 9NEWS Parade of Lights, leading the annual event through the streets of downtown Denver on Friday, Dec. 1. Support the band during this hometown parade preview on the streets around the University Center for the Arts.

Student Recital: Weijia Huang, Piano

November 30, 2017 at 6:00 PM

2017 Holiday Spectacular

November 30, 2017 at 7:00 PM
Open Dress Rehearsal for CSU Students only: Wednesday, November 29, 7 p.m. (FREE, but ID required) Public Performances: Thursday, November 30, 7 p.m., and Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with our family-friendly and wildly popular annual presentation! Featuring performances from CSU ensembles and other special guests, this charming evening of [...]

Graduate String Quartet Concert / FREE

December 3, 2017 at 1:30 PM
This year begins a new two-year cycle for the Graduate Quartet Program. The new members are Frangel Lopez Cesena from Mexico and Ryan Foley from Boulder on violin, Rosa Cole from Mexico on viola, and Julius Hochmuth from Fort Collins on cello. The ensemble performs repertoire from the wonderfully varied string quartet genre.

2017 Holiday Spectacular

December 3, 2017 at 4:00 PM
Open Dress Rehearsal for CSU Students only: Wednesday, November 29, 7:30 p.m. (FREE, but ID required) Public Performances: Thursday, November 30, 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, December 3, 4 p.m. Kick off the holiday season with our family-friendly and wildly popular annual presentation! Featuring performances from CSU ensembles and other special guests, this charming evening of [...]

Concert Orchestra Concert / FREE

December 3, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Baroque Showcase With Guest John McGuire, Horn With three varied pieces from the Baroque period, the concert features both well-known and relatively unknown music. Written for King George I, the premiere of George Frideric Handel's Water Music was performed by 50 musicians on a barge on the River Thames. The orchestra opens the concert with [...]

Graduate Piano Trio Recital

December 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Members of the Graduate Piano Trio are Jose Trujillo, violin, Norma Parrot, cello and Sicong Zhou, piano. The members, who are from Mexico, Brasil and China, bring great energy and perspective to their work as a chamber ensemble.

Jazz Combos Concert

December 4, 2017 at 7:30 PM
The concert given by Jazz Combos I, II, and III features the music of the American Songbook, arranged by the students. The beloved tunes of the songbook are still performed daily in clubs and stages across the world. “Originally written for the Broadway stage by Tin Pan Alley composers, these tunes were quickly adopted by [...]

Violin Studio Recitals / FREE

December 5, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Violin students of Dr. Ron Francois perform a variety of pieces from the standard repertoire. “This event provides a great performing experience for the students...a great learning experience too,” exclaims Francois!

Violin Studio Recitals / FREE

December 6, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Violin students of Dr. Ron Francois perform a variety of pieces from the standard repertoire. “This event provides a great performing experience for the students...a great learning experience too,” exclaims Francois!

CSU Honor Band Festival

December 7, 2017 - December 9, 2017 at 8:00 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 [...]

Keyboard Area Recital / FREE

December 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
A recital presented by students from the piano studio of Dr. Janet Landreth.

Symphonic Band Concert #2

December 7, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Ecstatic Waters Join us as the Symphonic Band tackles Steven Bryant’s electrifying Ecstatic Waters, the 2010 winner of the National Band Association William D. Revelli Award. Inspired by the poetry of W.B. Yeats, this work fuses the wind band with electronic elements to create a new, hybrid sound-world that ranges from the joyful bell sounds [...]

Music Audition Days

December 8, 2017 at 12:00 PM
Music Audition Days are for students wishing to pursue an undergraduate music major or minor degree at CSU. Auditions simultaneously function as admission consideration, as well as scholarship consideration, through the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Registration required: music.colostate.edu/admissions or contact Tom.Krebs@colostate.edu

Student Recital: David Yarger, Piano

December 8, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Wind Symphony Concert #2

December 8, 2017 at 7:30 PM
Find Your State: Spirit of Innovation The 2017-2018 Wind Symphony season highlights CSU’s commitment to community, spirit, innovation, and inspiration. All of these ideals clearly connect to music and the arts, and the ensemble, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, continues their season by highlighting works of innovation. Each selection on this concert changed the way [...]

CSU Honor Band Festival Concert / FREE

December 9, 2017 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.

Student Recital: Katherine Wagner, Instrumental

December 10, 2017 at 6:00 PM

Classical Convergence, Canadian Brass

January 19, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Hailed as the “Kings of Brass,” this quintet has performed in virtually every major concert hall in the world. Displaying a full stylistic range from Baroque to Dixieland and contemporary compositions, their virtuosity is served up with trademark audience-engaging light-hearted banter. “These are the men who put brass music on the map with their unbeatable [...]

Music Audition Days

February 17, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Music Audition Days are for students wishing to pursue an undergraduate music major or minor degree at CSU. Auditions simultaneously function as admission consideration, as well as scholarship consideration, through the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Registration required: music.colostate.edu/admissions or contact Tom.Krebs@colostate.edu

Music Audition Days

February 19, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Music Audition Days are for students wishing to pursue an undergraduate music major or minor degree at CSU. Auditions simultaneously function as admission consideration, as well as scholarship consideration, through the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Registration required: music.colostate.edu/admissions or contact Tom.Krebs@colostate.edu

Music Audition Days

February 24, 2018 at 8:00 AM
Music Audition Days are for students wishing to pursue an undergraduate music major or minor degree at CSU. Auditions simultaneously function as admission consideration, as well as scholarship consideration, through the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Registration required: music.colostate.edu/admissions or contact Tom.Krebs@colostate.edu

Classical Convergence, SHUFFLE

March 5, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Dubbed “independent-minded” by The New Yorker, PUBLIQuartet’s creative programming lends a fresh perspective to the Classical music scene. Founded in 2010 and dedicated to presenting new works for string quartet, PUBLIQuartet was selected as Concert Artists Guild’s New Music/New Places Ensemble at the Concert Artists Guild Competition, also winning their Sylvia Ann Hewlett Adventurous Artist [...]

Classical Convergence, Borromeo String Quartet

March 23, 2018 at 7:30 PM
With Special Guest Joel Bacon, Organ The Borromeo String Quartet is joined by Organ Professor Dr. Joel Bacon for an extraordinary concert celebrating the 50th anniversary of Colorado State University’s renowned Casavant Organ. The visionary performances of the Borromeo String Quartet have established itself as one of the most important string quartets of our time. [...]

Classical Convergence, Anthony de Mare: Liaisons

April 17, 2018 at 7:30 PM
Re-Imagining Sondheim from the Piano Liaisons is a landmark commissioning and concert project, conceived by acclaimed concert pianist Anthony de Mare, based on the songs of legendary musical theater composer Stephen Sondheim. The project has brought together 36 of the world’s foremost contemporary composers to "re-imagine" one of Sondheim’s songs as a solo piano piece. [...]

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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

Violin

Studio Overview

The CSU violin studios comprise a wide variety of students from diverse musical and cultural backgrounds.

As students of music, the focus of concentration is on the various degrees we offer, namely, the Undergraduate degrees of Bachelor of Arts, Music Therapy, Music Education, Composition, and Performance, and Graduate degrees in Performance, Education, Music Therapy, and Conducting.

Many of our violin students hail from the great state of Colo., while a good number come from states such as Md., Calif., and Wyo. Our numerous international students add to the diversity within the violin studio; students from Mexico, Korea, and China have made significant contributions to our rich musical environment.

In addition to weekly violin lessons and studio classes, violin students gain valuable experience by performing in chamber music groups such as string quartets, and mixed chamber ensembles. Participation in larger ensembles such as the University Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia Chamber Orchestra, and Opera Orchestra adds to this wide range of activities. Master-classes by visiting professional guest artist are also a regular feature of our program.

Our students are dedicated and passionate about the violin and committed to being the best musicians they can be, proudly producing many finalists in the annual concerto competition!

 As senior member of the violin faculty, and head of the string division, Dr. Ron Francois teaches most of the violin students at CSU (by audition only), and Ms. Leslie Stewart, coordinator of the string pedagogy program, also teaches our growing body of violin students.

With this team of dedicated violin teachers, great degree programs, and a world class facility, CSU is a great place to study for a successful career in music.

Alumni and Student News

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  • Francisco Barradas Galvan (M.M. '14) Mr. Galvan's studies at CSU were funded by the 'Fulbright' Garcia Robles program and he completed his studies with distinction. Having lead one of CSU's graduate string quartets, Mr. Galvan has been granted admission to the D.M.A. program at the University of Western Ontario, Canada where he will study violin performance on a full scholarship.
  • Adrian Barrera Ramos (M.M.) On a Mexican study grant, Mr. Ramos took a prize in the CSU concerto competition in Spring 2014. As first violinist in the Graduate String Quartet, Mr. Ramos is already in demand as a soloist in Mexico with several invitations to perform. He will complete his MM in the spring of '15
  • Hannah Barnes (B.M. '12) Ms. Barnes held the post of Concertmaster for the CSU Symphony orchestra for three years. She also took a prize in the CSU concerto competition and is now a professional freelancer with several Colorado Symphony orchestras.
  • Patrick Weseman (B.M. '11) Patrick's flair for human relations has guided him into the new LEAP Master program offered at CSU. This “Leadership-Entrepreneurship-Arts Advocacy and the Public" degree expands on his experience as a musician, giving him the perfect background for this new exciting career.
  • Wyatt True (M.M. ' 10) Mr. True lead one of CSU's graduate string quartets and has recently completed his DMA at the University of Oregon.
  • Chris Jusell (B.M. '08) Mr. Jusell won the CSU concerto competition in 2008 and went on to earn the concertmaster position with the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra.
  • Jesse Maurer (B.M. Ed, '07) Since graduating, Mr. Maurer has been working as music educator in the Widefield school district in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Guest Artists

2007-2008

Fabián López, University of North Carolina

Arkady Fomin, Dallas Symphony Orchestra

Elizabeth Pitcairn, The Red Violin; elizabethpitcairn.com

2008-2009

Boris Garlitsky, Paris Conservatoire, Concertmaster of London Philharmonic; website

Claude Sim, Colorado Symphony Orchestra; claudesim.com

2011-2012
2012-2013

Michael Davis, Concertmaster, Louisville Symphony; michaeldavisviolin.com

Alessandro Cervo, orvietomusica.org/alessandro-cervo

2013-2014

Jeri Jorgensen, Colorado College

William Knuth, Duo Sonidos; duosonidos.com

 

 
2015-2016
Annual Guests

Nicholas Kitchen, Borromeo String Quartet; borromeoquartet.org

Kristopher Tong, Borromeo String Quartet; borromeoquartet.org

Viola

Studio Overview

At Colorado State University, the members of the viola studio have a wide variety of backgrounds and share a commitment to the highest level of viola playing. Students have come to CSU from across the country to study for one of the many degrees offered by the at both the undergraduate and graduate level: performance, education, therapy and Bachelor of Arts.

In addition to weekly lessons and studio class, violists at CSU have many performance opportunities, including the University Symphony Orchestra, University Sinfonia (which also plays opera performances), as well as chamber music for both strings and mixed ensembles. The repertoire for all ensembles is on the stands of the top orchestras and chamber music groups in the country.  There are also performances and master classes by guest artists, including the Borromeo Quartet from the New England Conservatory, which is in residence at CSU twice a year. 

The University Center for the Arts offers outstanding performance spaces and practice rooms.  There are more than 100 music events every semester, as well as theatre and dance.

Our goal at CSU is to provide the best teaching and performing experiences so that students are ready for a successful musical career. The viola studio invites you to visit!

Alumni News

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  • Chue Vue (B.A. and B.M., Performance '10), received his Masters in Performance at Arizona State University
  • Sabrina Romney (M.M., Performance '12), is living in Boulder, CO and is a member of the Fort Collins Symphony, the Greeley Philharmonic and the Cheyenne Symphony
  • Chealsea Bernhardt (M.M., Performance '14) is a member of the Fort Collins Chamber Music Society and is teaching privately in Fort Collins.
  • Christian Huang (B.M. in Performance and Education) is the new orchestra director at Skyline High School in the St. Vrain Valley School District, Colo.

Guest Artists

Pre-2014

Amadi Hummings, Old Dominion University; nkartists.com

Larry Wheeler, University of Houston

2014-2015

Basil Vendryes, Lamont School of Music; basilvendryes.com

Christine Rutledge, University of Iowa School of Music

Annual Guests

Mai Motobuchi, Borromeo String Quartet; borromeoquartet.org

Cello

Studio Overview

Cello studies at Colorado State University support the full range of undergraduate and graduate degrees. Our students not only participate in orchestra, but also play chamber music regularly. Most of the cello students choose to take our series of cello pedagogy classes, as well as cello literature.

Special features include the possibility of choosing a performance option for those students who are not in the performance degree, but are serious about their cello studies. We meet once a week for cello studio class and make a point of introducing our new students to the routine with a mentor program and numerous ways to connect socially.

“The cello studio at CSU is like a hodge podge family! We play for each other every week, and we all discuss, praise, and critique our performances afterwards. The first studio performances are always nerve wracking, but the camaraderie between us all makes it a comfortable and constructive environment. We have a Facebook page where we share music and ideas! All the cello [students] are very supportive and fun...I wouldn't want to play any other instrument at CSU!"

Guest Artists

2009-2010

Regina Mushabac, Baldwin Wallace University

2012-2013

Dennis Parker, dennisparkerland.com

Michael Haber

2013-2014

Pablo Mahve-Veglia, Grand Valley State University; pmvcello.com

Adriana Contino, Anderson University

2014-2015

Bruce Uchimura, Western Michigan University, The Merling Trio; merlingtrio.com

Annual Guest

Yeesun Kim, Borromeo String Quartet; borromeoquartet.org

Double Bass

Studio Overview

The double bass studio at Colorado State University is made up of a diverse group of undergraduate and graduate students from Colo., the United States, and abroad. Double bass students represent every music major CSU offers, with many being double majors in areas such as engineering and various sciences as well. Additionally, many CSU bassists have been music minors or non-majors who have gone on to perform professionally in various capacities with music as a “second” career.

Double bassists at CSU are trained in a wide variety of performance styles, as bassists have the unique opportunity to work professionally in more genres than any other instrument. While all students receive rigorous classical training, each student is encouraged to pursue other musical styles, especially jazz. Students have the opportunity to perform in a number of CSU ensembles, including symphony, chamber orchestra, opera orchestra, wind ensemble, symphonic band, jazz big bands, and jazz combos. Many students also take advantage of performing in the flourishing Northern Colo. music scene, from jazz and classical to Ska and Bluegrass.

The mantra of the double bass studio is simply “work hard and have a great attitude!” We are a tight group working in a family atmosphere who pushes each other to improve each and every day, and are proud of the tradition of bass excellence at CSU—recently, many bassists have won CSU awards for academic and performance excellence!

Teaching Philosophy

As a diverse and exceptionally busy professional himself, Dr. Greenough believes in teaching students a diverse skillset that will allow them to take advantage of many different opportunities as a professional. Whether your goals are more specific or more general, to be a working professional in today’s market, a bassist must be able to play a wide range of styles at a high level. Even if you are primarily a classical performer, having the understanding of many styles not only improves your musicianship, but will allow you to pursue more performance opportunities as a professional. It is Dr. Greenough’s goal to develop students into functional professionals who have the skills necessary to work in today’s ever-changing music market.

First and foremost, Dr. Greenough is dedicated to helping each student develop the best physical relationship with his or her instrument possible. Instrument and physical setup issues are very unique to the double bass due to the many variables in size and shape for both the instrument and the player. Developing the most physically advantageous and ergonomic relationship with your instrument is not only important for musicianship, but also for long term physical health. Additionally, Dr. Greenough works with students to build comprehensive shoulder and core strength to prevent injury with an exercise plan developed in conjunction with the region’s leading sports rehabilitation therapists.

Dr. Greenough believes in the uniqueness of each and every student—everyone naturally has different strengths and challenges. While each student progresses through standard repertoire including solo music, orchestral excerpts, etc., the curriculum for each student is adapted to address the most needed areas first. For all students, emphasis is placed on developing strong intonation habits (through use of drone practice, scales, etc.) and developing a consistent practice routine to build stamina and dexterity. Students study from all areas of historic and modern double bass technique, from Simandl to Rabbath—while every player needs to be able to execute passagework and play musically, one student may have a better aptitude for pivot fingerings, while another may be more naturally equipped for finger extensions, for example.

Finally, above all is the consistent focus on creating music, with the understanding that everything we do is in service to music as an art. We are not merely learning to play the double bass, we are learning to create music of the highest artistic caliber.  Dr. Greenough will help you to develop your unique musical voice, with the ability to make solid musical and phrasing decisions based on the history and structure of what you are performing—playing with a nice sound is one aspect, but truly performing from a musically informed perspective is another.

Alumni News

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  • William Cubin (B.M. ’10): Willy is an active blues bassist, and teaches music at Ferguson High School in Loveland, Colo.
  • David Saccardi (B.M. ‘11): David is principal bass of the Cheyenne Symphony, assistant principal of the Greeley Philharmonic, and a section member of the Fort Collins Symphony. David is also the Director of Orchestras at Loveland High School in Loveland, Colo., as is an active clinician.
  • Jason Rosenholtz-Witt (M.M. ’11): Jason is currently pursuing his Ph.D in musicology at the prestigious Bienen School of Music at Northwestern University. Prior to leaving Colo., Jason was assistant principal bass of the Cheyenne Symphony, section bassist in the Fort Collins Symphony, and a very active freelance performer. He also was one of the most sought after private bass teachers in the region.
  • Zach Schwartz (B.A. ’12): Zach is currently in medical school following his dream of being a physician.
  • Brandon Katz (B.M. ’10, MM ’12): Brandon is an active performer and teaches many different instruments privately. He is currently the music teacher at Timberline PK-8 in Longmont, Colo.
  • Daniel Smith (M.M. ’13): Daniel is an active freelance jazz, classical, and electric bassist throughout Colorado. He is orchestra director at Lucile Erwin Middle School in Loveland, Colo.
  • Kenny Jones (MM ’13): Kenny is a busy freelance classical, jazz, and bluegrass performer and recording artist in the region.  He also teaches many young bassists in Northern Colo., and is active in the Dalcroze movement.
  • Erik Deines (B.M. ’15): Erik is currently a double major in performance and physics and won a section position in the Greeley Philharmonic at the end of his junior year.
  • Zach Bush (B.M. ’15): Zach is a junior double major in performance and education, and recently won a section position in the Cheyenne Symphony, and has attended the Marrowstone Music Festival.
  • Drew Miller (B.M. ’15): Drew is a junior double major in performance and electrical engineering. Drew freelances professionally and has attended the Marrowstone Music Festival.

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Harp

Studio Overview

Colorado State University’s harp area helps students prepare for well-rounded professional careers as performers and/or teachers of chamber, orchestral, and solo repertory.

Undergraduate and graduate harp students receive thorough instruction in harp technique and repertoire, and experience in performance.

 

Professor Courtney Hershey Bress is continuously involved in the instruction, coaching, and performance of solo and orchestral repertory and chamber music. All harp performance majors will have one hour private lessons and will participate in studio class every week.  They will also participate in the ensembles at the school, University Symphony Orchestra, Opera Orchestra, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, and Concert Band.

Colorado State harp students have access to hearing many concerts each year, performed by students, faculty, and visiting artists.