Woodwinds Area

The woodwinds area at Colorado State University provides talented flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and saxophone students with world-class training in the areas of performance and pedagogy. The woodwind experience at CSU enhances our student's passion for music by providing a solid foundation for a lifetime of creative activity. The objectives of the curriculum are to develop professional perceptions and skills in the art of music as it is needed by performers, teachers, therapists, and those interested in other possible careers where a high level of music-making is maintained. Expectation levels are consistent with those of university study in preparation for a Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Music, and Master of Music. Areas of concentration within these degree programs include music education, music therapy, music performance, composition, and conducting.

 

Study With

Ysmael Reyes

  • Instructor of Music
  • Undergraduate Flute Professor

Ysmael.Reyes@colostate.edu

Cayla Bellamy

  • Assistant Professor of Music
  • Bassoon
  • Coordinator of Woodwinds

Cayla.Bellamy@colostate.edu

Peter Sommer

  • Professor of Music
  • Saxophone, Chamber Music, Jazz Studies
  • Director of the Department of Music

Peter.Sommer@colostate.edu

Michelle Stanley

  • Associate Dean for Undergraduate Studies, Liberal Arts
  • Professor of Music
  • Graduate Flute Professor

970-491-4350

Michelle.Stanley@colostate.edu

Perform With Us

Spring 2024 Student Recitals / FREE

January 16, 2024 - May 6, 2024 at 12:00 AM
Please join us in celebrating the recital performances of our CSU music students. Student Recitals are FREE and open to the public. Note: Dates, times, and locations are subject to change, please check back to confirm performance details. Friday, February 16, 2024: 5 p.m., Organ Recital Hall, James Scott, Bassoon Friday, March 1, 2024: 5 [...]

POSTPONED Virtuoso Series Concert: Romina Monsanto, Cello

March 4, 2024 at 7:30 PM
New date TBD - thank you. Unexpected With Juhyun Lee, Piano, and Margaret Miller, Viola The expectations about music change according to history and individual perception, and over time, composers have been exploring sounds to create their musical language. This type of exploration can be an exciting experience for audiences. Faculty artist Romina Monsanto with [...]

Spring Choral Showcase: We Are the Music Makers

March 5, 2024 at 7:30 PM
We Are the Music Makers The popular Spring Choral Showcase features the Chamber Choir conducted by Dr. James Kim, Concert Choir conducted by Dr. Nathan Payant, and University Chorus conducted by Nicole Ceciliani. The performance includes a variety of works by J.S. Bach, Dan Forrest, Rosephanye Powell, Stephen Paulus, Jan Pieterszoon Sweelinck, Jennifer Lucy Cook, [...]

Insights: Interdisciplinarity in action

March 6, 2024 at 4:00 PM
CLA’s Insight Speaker Series celebrates interdisciplinarity in action. Join us for brief, exciting presentations followed by Q&A.

Virtuoso Series Concert: John Lindsey, Tenor

March 6, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Unseen Wounds With Tim Burns, Piano   Throughout an evening of interdisciplinary collaboration, the performers and audience explore the human realities of war through spoken word, dance, dramatic presentation, classical musical works by Samuel Barber and Arnold Schönberg, and operatic selections from Soldier Songs by David T. Little.

University Symphony Orchestra Concert: Dances Rustic and Macabre

March 7, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Dances Rustic and Macabre With Guest Artist Ayo Derbyshire, Horn Immerse yourself in an evening of symphonic splendor with the University Symphony Orchestra, conducted by Robert Stahly as his master’s degree recital. The evening begins with Jean Sibelius’ hauntingly beautiful Valse Triste, a mesmerizing waltz full of melancholy and longing. The program also features one of [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert: CSU Faculty Recital

March 21, 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Final Three: Saint-Saens' Last Sonatas In the final year of his life, Camille Saint-Saens returned from writing orchestral masterworks to the land of chamber music. He has been cited as wishing to contribute to the repertoire of some of the most neglected solo instruments: the woodwinds, and particularly the double reeds. Each of the [...]

2024 BassoonaRAMa

March 23, 2024 at 8:00 AM
Since 2006, BassoonaRAMa and OboeRAMa have brought together bassoonists and oboeists of all ages! The day-long event features today's multifaceted bassoon successes who explore what it means to have a life and success in and around music. Guest clinicians include chamber and orchestral musicians, college professors, music researchers, and professional reed manufacturers.

Music Education Alumni Reunion at the Colorado Symphony

March 24, 2024 at 11:30 AM
CSU Music Education alums are invited to join us on March 24 at Boettcher Concert Hall for a reception and matinee performance by the Colorado Symphony and Colorado Symphony Chorus of W.A. Mozart's Requiem Mass, conducted by Peter Oundjian. Reception: Sunday, March 24 at 11:30 a.m., Bach Room, Boettcher Concert Hall. Light hors d'oeuvres will [...]

Guest Artist Concert: Fortress Brass Quintet / FREE

March 24, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Fortress Brass Quintet Live! The acclaimed Fortress Brass Quintet returns to Colorado for an evening exploring standards of the brass quintet literature as well as new works for American audiences that the quintet discovered on their numerous international tours.

Virtuoso Series Concert: Ysmael Reyes, Flute

March 25, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Boundless, The Way of the Modern Flute With Juhyun Lee, Piano New faculty artist, Dr. Ysmael Reyes, with Dr. Juhyun Lee, piano, presents a program of works by Claude Debussy, André Jolivet, Toshi Ichiyanagi, and Richard Strauss that display the highly expressive, lyrical, and technical qualities characterizing the modern flute. The instrument had been falling [...]

Trumpet Studio Recital / FREE

March 26, 2024 at 6:00 PM
Please join us for a concert of solos and chamber music by members of the Trumpet Studio led by Dr. Stanley Curtis.

Flute Studio Recital / FREE

April 2, 2024 at 7:30 PM
The students of Dr. Ysmael Reyes and Dr. Michelle Stanley present a program of solo, and chamber works for flute in assorted styles and genres.

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

April 4, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program With the University Symphony Orchestra The classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale comes to life with the Ralph Opera Program's performance of Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel". Humperdinck’s sister, Adelheid Wette, wrote the libretto of the Märchenoper or fairy-tale opera Hänsel und Gretel, which is considered a key work of [...]

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

April 5, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program With the University Symphony Orchestra The classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale comes to life with the Ralph Opera Program's performance of Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel". Humperdinck’s sister, Adelheid Wette, wrote the libretto of the Märchenoper or fairy-tale opera Hänsel und Gretel, which is considered a key work of [...]

North American Baroque Trumpet Conference and Competition

April 6, 2024 at 9:30 AM
2024 North American Baroque Trumpet Competition and Conference at Colorado State University For more information, or to register as a presenter or competitor: NABTCC Schedule: Saturday, April 6 9:30am Host Welcome, Stanley Curtis, Runyan 10:00am Clinic: Jason Dovel, Runyan 11:00am Clinic: Jared Wallis 'Developing Clarino Sound and Comfort through Vocal Concepts', Runyan 12:00pm to 4:00pm: [...]

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

April 6, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program With the University Symphony Orchestra The classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale comes to life with the Ralph Opera Program's performance of Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel". Humperdinck’s sister, Adelheid Wette, wrote the libretto of the Märchenoper or fairy-tale opera Hänsel und Gretel, which is considered a key work of [...]

North American Baroque Trumpet Conference and Competition

April 7, 2024 at 9:30 AM
2024 North American Baroque Trumpet Competition and Conference at Colorado State University For more information, or to register as a presenter or competitor: NABTCC Schedule: Saturday, April 6 9:30am Host Welcome, Stanley Curtis, Runyan 10:00am Clinic: Jason Dovel, Runyan 11:00am Clinic: Jared Wallis 'Developing Clarino Sound and Comfort through Vocal Concepts', Runyan 12:00pm to 4:00pm: [...]

Hansel and Gretel by Engelbert Humperdinck

April 7, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program With the University Symphony Orchestra The classic Brothers Grimm fairy tale comes to life with the Ralph Opera Program's performance of Engelbert Humperdinck's "Hansel and Gretel". Humperdinck’s sister, Adelheid Wette, wrote the libretto of the Märchenoper or fairy-tale opera Hänsel und Gretel, which is considered a key work of [...]

Trombone Studio Recital / FREE

April 9, 2024 at 7:30 PM
An evening of solo and chamber music that highlights the trombone in a variety of musical settings. This recital features undergraduate and graduate students from the Trombone Studio under the guidance and coaching of Dr. Drew Leslie.

Jazz Combos Concert

April 11, 2024 at 7:30 PM
The Jazz Combos present an evening of small-group jazz. Directed by Dr. Seth Lewis, Tom Amend, and Sean Sullivan, the combos present a program of jazz standards, great hidden gems, and original music by combo members.

Brass Area Chamber Music / FREE

April 12, 2024 at 6:30 PM
Brass Area students are featured in an evening of chamber music in a variety of settings and styles, including brass quintet, trombone quartet, trumpet ensemble, tuba/euphonium quartet and more! The program features students from the studios of Dr. Stanley Curtis, Dr. John McGuire, Dr. Drew Leslie and Prof. Steve Dombrowski.

CSU Trombone Choir Concert / FREE

April 14, 2024 at 4:00 PM
The CSU Trombone Studio presents an evening of music composed and arranged for trombone ensemble, directed by Dr. Drew Leslie. This concert features the CSU Trombone Choir as well as the NoCo Bones, which is a large trombone choir made up of CSU students and area high school trombonists. The varied pieces showcase the beauty [...]

Voice Area Recital / FREE

April 16, 2024 at 7:30 PM
A recital of vocal music by students from the studios of Dr. Nicole Asel, Dr. Tiffany Blake, and Professor John Lindsey.

Wind Symphony Concert: Garden of Dreams

April 19, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Garden of Dreams For its final concert of the season, the CSU Wind Symphony, directed by Dr. Jayme Taylor, sets forth on an epic exploration of music and visual media with a presentation of Julie Giroux’s Symphony No. 6 “The Blue Marble,” and David Maslanka’s A Child’s Garden of Dreams. Immerse yourself in a unique [...]

2024 Clarinet Composers Festival: Mangani Mania!

April 20, 2024 at 8:30 AM
Mangani Mania! A celebration of the clarinet compositions of living composers, this year’s event features the many works of Italian guest artist, Michele Mangani who will be a major part of the celebration. Highlights of the festival include Mangani’s talk on his compositional process and the pieces being performed on the festival concerts. Middle/high school [...]

2024 CSU Marching Band Spring Game Extravaganza

April 20, 2024 at 9:00 AM
Join the CSU Marching Band on Saturday, April 20, 2024 and experience what it’s like to perform with the band during the Green and Gold Football Scrimmage! This event is open to high school juniors, seniors, transfer students, associate degree graduates, and current CSU students who want to see what it's like to be in the CSU Marching Band. Official schedule to be announced.  To register for the 2024 CSU Marching Band Spring Game Extravaganza, click here.

Fall 2024 CSU Color Guard Live Auditions

April 20, 2024 at 10:00 AM
This event is an in-person live audition for anyone interested in joining the Fall 2024 CSU Color Guard. The day will begin with registration, continue with instructional/review time, and finish with the live auditions. Interested individuals who cannot make the live auditions can submit videos instead. All video auditions are due by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, April 19. There is no fee to audition. For details about the CSU Color Guard and to register for auditions, click here.

Saxophone Studio Recital / FREE

April 21, 2024 at 3:00 PM
Students of saxophone professors Peter Sommer and Dr. Dan Goble present a recital of solo and chamber works for saxophone, including classic and contemporary literature featuring a dynamic range of expression and musical interplay.

Virtuoso Series Concert: Faculty Chamber Music

April 22, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Join the CSU Music Faculty for a concert featuring the works of Johannes Brahms, Henri Dutilleux, Melanie Bonis, and Valerie Coleman. The concert includes CSU faculty artists Ron Francois, violin; Margaret Miller, viola; Romina Monsanto, cello; Bryan Wallick, piano; Ysmael Reyes, flute; Cayla Bellamy, bassoon; Megan Lanz, flute; Copper Ferreira, clarinet; Jooyeon Chang, piano; Tiffany [...]

Jazz Ensembles Concert: Guest Artist Jon Gordon, Saxophone

April 23, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Guest Artist Jon Gordon, Saxophone The Jazz Ensembles, under the direction of Wil Swindler and Shilo Stroman, present guest saxophonist and composer Jon Gordon, a distinct voice on the alto saxophone. Mr. Gordon has worked with Maria Schneider, Ron McClure, Clark Terry, Benny Carter, Phil Woods, T.S. Monk, Tana Reid, Bill Mays, The Vanguard orchestra, [...]

Symphonic Band Concert: Song and Dance Part II

April 25, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Song and Dance Part II The Symphonic Band, with guest conductor Dr. Elizabeth Peterson, continues its exploration of song and dance. This concert features Twist by Jodie Blackshaw, American Hymnsong Suite by Dwayne Millburn, and Conga Del Fuego by Arturo Marquez. 

University Chorus Concert: My Life Flows On in Endless Song

April 26, 2024 at 7:30 PM
My Life Flows On in Endless Song Join the CSU Choral Program for our final performance of 2023-24 school year! Chamber Choir will perform one of the most popular choral works in the choral repertoire, Vivaldi’s Gloria. They will be collaborating with a chamber orchestra, which will be co-conducted by Dr. James Kim, Director of Choral [...]

CSU Percussion Ensemble Festival Concert

April 27, 2024 at 6:00 PM
With Guest Artist Sandi Rennik Students of the internationally ranked Percussion Ensemble, directed by Dr. Eric Hollenbeck, present the capstone percussion concert of the year, featuring special guest, Sandi Rennick. Ms. Rennick is a percussionist and marimba soloist with extensive performing and teaching experience in the Dallas-Fort Worth area and throughout the U.S. An original [...]

Fall 2024 CSU Drumline Live Auditions

April 28, 2024 at 9:00 AM
This event is an in-person live audition for anyone interested in joining the Fall 2024 CSU Drumline. The day will begin with registration, continue with instructional/review time, and finish with the live auditions. Interested individuals who cannot make the live auditions can submit videos instead. All video auditions are due by 11:59 p.m. on  Friday, April 26. There is no fee to audition.
For details about the CSU Drumline and to register for auditions, click here.

Double Reed Studio Recital / FREE

April 28, 2024 at 3:00 PM
Students of the oboe and bassoon studios perform solo, and ensemble works written from the 1600s to present day. 

String Chamber Music Concert / FREE

April 28, 2024 at 7:30 PM
The string area invites you to attend the spring concert of undergraduate and graduate students performing works from the extensive chamber music canon. String professors include Ron Francois, violin, Margaret Miller, viola, Romina Monsanto, cello, and Dr. Forest Greenough, double bass.

Concert Band Concert: Musical Memories / FREE

April 29, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Musical Memories The Concert Band, directed by Kevin Poelking with guest graduate conductors, James Mepham and Paul Haarala, perform classic pieces and exciting new works of the wind band repertoire that conjure memories of our favorite people and places.

Graduate String Quartet

April 29, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Come join the Graduate Quartet for a program of the only string quartet by Maurice Ravel, and the first of Ludwig van Beethoven's late quartets.  

Concert Orchestra Concert: Ancient Airs and Echoes / FREE

April 30, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Ancient Airs and Echoes With Guest Artist Jenna Moore, Flute The Concert Orchestra's highlights music of late Romantic and Modern composers inspired by melodies of long ago. The orchestra, directed by Dr. Rachel Waddell and joined by wind and brass players from the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance, perform Ottorino Respighi's Ancient Airs and [...]

Piano Studio Recital / FREE

May 1, 2024 at 6:00 PM
Students from the piano studio of Bryan Wallick perform selected works from their end of year jury programs.

University Symphony Orchestra Concert: Propulsion!

May 2, 2024 at 7:30 PM
Propulsion! With Guest Artist Quinn Harlow, Percussion This captivating and dynamic concert, directed by Dr. Rachel Waddell, is the perfect way to celebrate the end of the school year and dive into summer. From John Adam's Short Ride in a Fast Machine to Arturo Márquez's Danzón No. 2, these modern pieces are tied together by [...]

World Percussion Ensemble Concert

May 5, 2024 at 6:00 PM
The concert features percussion music from around the globe performed on steel pans by the RamPan Band and the GoldPan Band. The Brazilian Ensemble, Afro Cuban Ensemble, Civil Rope Drum Ensemble, Mexican Marimba Band, and our 1930’s George Hamilton Green Xylophone Ragtime Band join the performance. The percussion area is under the direction of Dr. [...]

2024 Summer Voice Intensive

June 3, 2024 - June 7, 2024 at 12:00 AM
Spend a week honing your craft on the beautiful CSU campus!  Auditioned students will perform a solo in our beautiful Recital Hall. Participants will also take voice lessons with CSU faculty, and participate in workshops, masterclasses, and talkbacks, including 'Conquering the College Audition.'

2024 CSU Jazz Summer Workshop

June 5, 2024 - June 7, 2024 at 12:00 AM
Join CSU Jazz Faculty Wil Swindler, Peter Sommer, Dr. Seth Lewis, and Tom Amend for our second annual CSU Jazz Summer Workshop. The workshop will run 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. each day focusing on small group jazz playing and improvisation. Students will also study Jazz history and listening, Jazz theory, and attend instrument-specific masterclasses. [...]

2024 Colorado Harp Seminar

June 9, 2024 - June 15, 2024 at 12:00 AM
Colorado Harp Seminar is a one-week intensive harp program for high school and undergraduate pedal harpists. Directed by faculty member Kathryn Harms at Colorado State University, it is designed to support, nurture, and inspire excellent musicianship. In addition to private lessons, students will participate in harp ensemble, masterclasses, and workshops on various topics such as [...]

2024 Organ Week

June 9, 2024 - June 14, 2024 at 12:00 AM
Organ Week is designed for high school students interested in expanding (or beginning) their organ study. Led by a faculty of prominent concert and church organists, the program features one-to-one instruction, masterclasses, and recitals on the finest pipe organs in northern Colorado, including CSU’s Casavant organ.

Concert Version: Bye Bye Birdie

July 13, 2024 at 7:00 PM
The CSU Summer Conducting Seminar continues its fun tradition of presenting a delightful concert version of a popular operetta or Broadway musical. The project serves as the master’s thesis for working music educators from around the world who participate in the seminar for three consecutive summers. Bye Bye Birdie music by Charles Strouse and lyrics [...]

2024 CSU Honor Band Festival

December 5, 2024 - December 7, 2024 at 12:00 AM
The annual CSU Honor Band Festival brings together the finest high school musicians in the Rocky Mountain Region, selected from hundreds of applicants throughout the western region; the three-day festival takes place at the University Center for the Arts at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado. Guest clinicians and conductors enhance the student’s experience, providing invaluable insight and expertise. In addition to rehearsals, students enjoy several concerts given by CSU faculty and student ensembles. The experience is capped off with a performance by the Honor Wind Symphony and the Festival Concert Band in the beautiful, world-class Griffin Concert Hall.

Woodwinds News

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Dr. Cayla Bellamy releases new album of contemporary works for bassoon

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Dr. Cayla Bellamy, CSU’s bassoon professor, has recently released an album titled “American Bassoon Voices, Contemporary Works for Solo Bassoon,” published by Mark Records and available on Apple Music and Spotify. Performing collaborators include CSU faculty pianist, Jooyeon Chang and the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Symphony from Iowa conducted by Jason Weinberger. Compositions include “There and Back, […]

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Dr. Cayla Bellamy to perform at international conference

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Dr. Cayla Bellamy, CSU’s bassoon professor, has been invited to give a concerto performance and a chamber recital at the 53rd annual International Double Reed Society conference. For 2024, the event is being held at Northern Arizona University on July 21-25. According to the organization’s website, world-class artists and teachers from around the globe will […]

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Percussion Professor Shilo Stroman works with marching bands across the state

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Shilo Stroman, senior instructor of music for percussion and marching band drumline, shared his marching expertise with many Colorado high school marching bands throughout the competitive season. “Now that the marching band season in Colorado is officially over, I’d like to thank the ensembles who trusted me to create music for them,” said Stroman after […]