Woodwinds Area

The woodwind area at Colorado State University provides talented flute, clarinet, oboe, bassoon, and saxophone students world-class training in the areas of performance and pedagogy. The woodwind experience at CSU enhances our studentss 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.

All music majors take a wide variety of courses, including intensive private lessons, music theory, music history, solo and ensemble performance, and conducting. In addition, the programs require courses in other subject areas consistent with a Liberal Arts philosophy, which greatly enhance the students’ adaptability for the future. Our students are very good at their chosen concentration, they are well rounded individuals, and they know how to learn.

Woodwind students at CSU can achieve excellence in the areas of solo, chamber, and ensemble performance through private instruction, weekly and degree recitals, and the opportunity to perform in the University Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia, Wind Symphony, Symphonic Band, Concert Band, Jazz Ensembles and Combos, and Marching Band. The nationally and internationally recognized woodwind faculty at CSU brings a range of talents to share with students, while preparing them to be professional musicians and teachers in the real world.

 

Fall 2022 Student Recitals /FREE

August 12, 2022 - December 11, 2022 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, October 7, 2022: 5:30 PM Organ Recital Hall, Kathlyn Dixon, Horn Friday, October 14, 2022: 6:00 [...]

Music Research Colloquium Series: Dr. John Pippen

December 1, 2022 at 12:15 PM
Dr. Abigail Shupe has created the Music Research Colloquium Series at Colorado State University, featuring academic music faculty giving talks about their current work. The series launches with CSU music professor, Dr. John Pippen, speaking about his research on Chicago Avant-garde musicians and socioeconomic class. It’s titled “The Musical Work Ethic, Rehearsals, and Middle-Class Values in [...]

Music Therapy Major Webinars for undergraduate students

December 1, 2022 at 5:00 PM
We hope you'll join us at our online music therapy degree Q&A. During the webinar, you will receive an overview of our undergraduate music therapy program, meet music therapy faculty, find out about the audition process and options, and have an opportunity to ask questions. December 1, 5-6 p.m. MST: REGISTRATION January 19, 5-6 p.m. MST: [...]

2022 Parade of Lights Preview

December 1, 2022 at 5:30 PM
Enjoy a performance by the CSU Marching Band as it previews its Denver 9News Parade of Lights performance. The free parade preview is on Thursday, Dec. 1, 5:30 p.m., starting at the corner of Mathews and Lake Street, and concluding at the University Center for the Art's front entrance on Remington Street. Viewers can purchase [...]

Music Therapy Graduate Equivalency Webinars

December 1, 2022 at 6:00 PM
We hope you'll join us at our online music therapy equivalency degree Q&A. During the webinar, you will receive an overview of our graduate music therapy program, meet music therapy faculty, find out about the application process, and have an opportunity to ask questions. December 1, 6-7 p.m. MST January 19, 6-7 p.m. MST February 7, [...]

Concert Orchestra Concert: Mozart Musicale / FREE

December 4, 2022 at 3:30 PM
Mozart Musicale With Bonnie Jacobi, Piano Please Note: The time and location of this concert has changed from when it was originally posted. The concert is now at 3:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall. The Concert Orchestra, conducted by Leslie Stewart, features faculty artist Dr. Bonnie Jacobi on Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart's Piano Concerto No. [...]

Bassoon Studio Recital / FREE

December 4, 2022 at 4:30 PM
Join the members of the CSU bassoon studio as they perform solo and chamber repertoire featuring all varieties of bassoonist at the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance. Performers include undergraduate majors in Music Performance, Education and music minors alongside graduate students in Music Performance and CSU Assistant Professor Dr. Cayla Bellamy. Concert programs are [...]

Keyboard Area Recital / FREE

December 5, 2022 at 6:30 PM
CSU’s piano students perform selected works. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed via a QR code at the performance when available.

Symphonic Band Concert: Celestial

December 8, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Celestial With Drew Leslie, Trombone The Symphonic Band, conducted by Dr. Jayme Taylor, is joined by faculty artist Dr. Drew Leslie, trombone, for a concert exploring celestial phenomenon. The program features Anthony Barfield’s new work for solo trombone, Red Sky, as well as works by Frank Ticheli and Yukiko Nishimura. Come enjoy music of the [...]

Wind Symphony Concert: Codex Gigas

December 9, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Codex Gigas With Cayla Bellamy, Bassoon The Wind Symphony, conducted by Dr. Rebecca Phillips, features faculty artist Dr. Cayla Bellamy, bassoon, performing Dana Wilson’s The Avitar along with the consortium premiere of James M. David’s Symphony No. 1: Codex Gigas. The concert tests the technical prowess of each performer on stage while simultaneously creating a [...]

All Choral Holiday Concert

December 10, 2022 at 7:30 PM
Get in the holiday spirit with the CSU choirs! Join the Chamber Choir, conducted by James Kim; the Concert Choir, conducted by Nathan Payant; and the University Chorus, conducted by Seth Pendergast for an evening filled with “good cheer” and festive favorites. Concert programs are available in a virtual format only and may be viewed [...]

Music Therapy Major Webinars for undergraduate students

January 19, 2023 at 5:00 PM
We hope you'll join us at our online music therapy degree Q&A. During the webinar, you will receive an overview of our undergraduate music therapy program, meet music therapy faculty, find out about the audition process and options, and have an opportunity to ask questions. December 1, 5-6 p.m. MST: REGISTRATION January 19, 5-6 p.m. MST: [...]

Music Therapy Graduate Equivalency Webinars

January 19, 2023 at 6:00 PM
We hope you'll join us at our online music therapy equivalency degree Q&A. During the webinar, you will receive an overview of our graduate music therapy program, meet music therapy faculty, find out about the application process, and have an opportunity to ask questions. December 1, 6-7 p.m. MST January 19, 6-7 p.m. MST February 7, [...]

Guest Artist Concert: Jana Starling, Clarinet /FREE

January 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM
LightBreak - Multimedia Concert and Show Like you’ve never seen or heard before, LightBreak is an electronic and multi-media clarinet duo that takes the intrepid path towards intensifying the human experience through the arts. Established by a pair of clarinetists with superlative technique and illuminating creativity, Wesley Ferreira and Jana Starling combine over a decade’s [...]

University Symphony Orchestra at CMEA

January 27, 2023 at 2:00 PM
The University Symphony Orchestra will perform at the annual Colorado Music Educators Association conference at the Broadmoor Hotel in Jan. The ensemble, under the direction of Maestro Wes Kenney will perform the following program: Sun Dagger by James David Symphony No. 3, Movements 1 and 3 (Juba.) by Florence Price The Planets: Uranus, Saturn, Jupiter by Gustav [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert: John McGuire, Horn

January 30, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Join John McGuire and friends for an evening of contemporary solo and chamber music for horn. Exciting works by Andrew Lewinter, Traci Mendel, Kerry Turner, and Paul Hindemith will showcase the horn's capabilities as a modern musical tapestry.

Music Therapy Major Webinars for undergraduate students

February 7, 2023 at 5:00 PM
We hope you'll join us at our online music therapy degree Q&A. During the webinar, you will receive an overview of our undergraduate music therapy program, meet music therapy faculty, find out about the audition process and options, and have an opportunity to ask questions. December 1, 5-6 p.m. MST: REGISTRATION January 19, 5-6 p.m. MST: [...]

Music Therapy Graduate Equivalency Webinars

February 7, 2023 at 6:00 PM
We hope you'll join us at our online music therapy equivalency degree Q&A. During the webinar, you will receive an overview of our graduate music therapy program, meet music therapy faculty, find out about the application process, and have an opportunity to ask questions. December 1, 6-7 p.m. MST January 19, 6-7 p.m. MST February 7, [...]

Sinfonia Concerto Competition Concert: An Eventful Ending

February 16, 2023 at 7:30 PM
An Eventful Ending The concerto competition concert is always a special performance in our calendar. This year it is hosted by the CSU Sinfonia. The evening concludes with Haydn’s Symphony No. 45, Farewell Symphony, a message to his employer that it was time to take a vacation!

Virtuoso Series Concert: Drew Leslie, Trombone

February 20, 2023 at 7:30 PM
An Evening of New Recital Pieces for the Trombone CSU faculty artist, Drew Leslie, presents an evening of exciting new pieces written to feature the trombone in a recital setting. The program will include many lesser-known works that hopefully will become standards of the trombone repertoire! Featuring music by composers: Carolina Calvache, Barbara York, Lauren [...]

Wind Symphony Concert: Aurora Awakes

February 24, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Aurora Awakes This riveting concert, presented by the CSU Wind Symphony, features the music of Pulitzer Prize composition winner Joseph Schwanter and Ostwald composition winner John Mackey. Under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Phillips, the ensemble welcomes to the podium guest conductors Dr. Jayme Taylor, CSU Associate Director of Bands, Nicholas Hinman, Graduate Student Conductor, [...]

Jazz Ensembles: The State of the Big Band

March 2, 2023 at 7:30 PM
The State of the Big Band CSU Jazz Ensembles I and II, under the direction of Wil Swindler and Shilo Stroman, perform music spanning the entire history of the big band as a vehicle for Jazz. This concert will include some early swing as well as 21st century works displaying the gamut of stylistic periods [...]

Concert Band Concert #1: New Beginnings /FREE

March 3, 2023 at 7:30 PM
New Beginnings The CSU Concert Band returns in full force and is happy to be playing for the first time in three years without restrictions. Join the Concert Band for a festive concert of new beginnings!

2023 Rocky Mountain Saxophone Summit

March 4, 2023 at 12:00 AM
Colorado State University hosts the return of the Rocky Mountain Saxophone Summit, featuring professors and students from Front Range universities in clinics, masterclasses, and performances. Free and open to the public, the Summit is a great opportunity for saxophonists of all ages and levels to learn about the technical and expressive aspects of playing and [...]

Concert Orchestra Concert: The Legacy of Leipzig /FREE

March 7, 2023 at 7:30 PM
The Legacy of Leipzig Both J.S. Bach and Felix Mendelssohn lived in Leipzig --albeit in different centuries—and both made major musical contributions to this great German city. This program opens with the Overture to Bach's Orchestral Suite No. 3. It will be followed by his Concerto for Oboe and Violin, performed by CSU professors Pablo [...]

Spring Choral Showcase: Spirited Light

March 8, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Spirited Light Join the CSU Choir Program for our Spring Choral Showcase: Spirited Light, featuring Concert and Chamber Choir conducted by Nathan Payant and University Chorus conducted by Nicole Ceciliani! The performance will include works by Jake Runestad, Ola Gjeilo, Michael Hennigan, Elaine Hagenberg, J.S. Bach, Terry Schlenker, Morten Lauridsen, and much more! This is [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert: John Lindsey, Tenor

March 10, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Relationships in Reality With Tim Burns, Piano CSU faculty artist, John Lindsey, presents an evening of music that explores the gritty, beautiful, devastating, funny, and poignant nature of human relationships through the song cycles of Robert Schumann’s Dichterliebe and Scott Gendel’s I’m Afraid it’s You.

Guest Artist Concert: Basil Vendryes, Viola, and William David, Piano / FREE

March 20, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Made in America: Works for viola and piano  Basil Vendryes has been principal violist of the Colorado Symphony Orchestra since 1993. He is a former member of the San Francisco Symphony, the New York Philharmonic and the Rochester Philharmonic orchestras. As violist with the Aurora String Quartet (1986-95), Vendryes performed extensively, including recitals in New [...]

Guest Artist Concert: Christine Beard, Flute /FREE

March 24, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Dr. Christine Beard from the University of Nebraska, Omaha, presents a recital of flute music. A passionate performer noted for her "great expressive tone and range" (Christopher Caliendo, composer) and her “...capacity to reveal the deep soul of a composition” (Martin Rokeach, composer), she has performed extensively across North America, South America and Europe, including [...]

The Tender Land by Aaron Copland

March 30, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program An American icon, Aaron Copland's music evokes the wide-open spaces of American landscapes and gives voice to a pioneering spirit of adventure in pieces like Rodeo and Appalachian Spring. In this piece, the sounds of rollicking American folk music are paired with achingly beautiful melodies that speak of the characters' longing for [...]

Classical Convergence: The 5 Browns

March 31, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Whether performing individually or together with complex five-piano arrangements, The 5 Browns—piano virtuoso siblings—are delivering on their dream to wake up classical music. “One family, five pianos and 50 fingers add up to the biggest classical music sensation in years.” —The New York Post CLASSICAL CONVERGENCE CONCERT SERIES Building on the foundation of the classical [...]

The Tender Land by Aaron Copland

March 31, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program An American icon, Aaron Copland's music evokes the wide-open spaces of American landscapes and gives voice to a pioneering spirit of adventure in pieces like Rodeo and Appalachian Spring. In this piece, the sounds of rollicking American folk music are paired with achingly beautiful melodies that speak of the characters' longing for [...]

The Tender Land by Aaron Copland

April 1, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program An American icon, Aaron Copland's music evokes the wide-open spaces of American landscapes and gives voice to a pioneering spirit of adventure in pieces like Rodeo and Appalachian Spring. In this piece, the sounds of rollicking American folk music are paired with achingly beautiful melodies that speak of the characters' longing for [...]

The Tender Land by Aaron Copland

April 2, 2023 at 2:00 PM
Presented by the Ralph Opera Program An American icon, Aaron Copland's music evokes the wide-open spaces of American landscapes and gives voice to a pioneering spirit of adventure in pieces like Rodeo and Appalachian Spring. In this piece, the sounds of rollicking American folk music are paired with achingly beautiful melodies that speak of the characters' longing for [...]

Trumpet Studio Recital /FREE

April 3, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Please join us for a concert of solos and chamber music by members of the CSU Trumpet Studio.

Horn Studio Recital /FREE

April 4, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Come enjoy the fruits of the CSU Horn Studio's labors from the year! The Horn Studio is proud to showcase the many talented and hardworking students in solo and chamber settings.

Virtuoso Series Concert: Peter Sommer, Saxophone & Guest, Ben Markley, Piano

April 10, 2023 at 7:30 PM
The Great American Songbook CSU Saxophone Professor Peter Sommer and University of Wyoming Director of Jazz Studies Ben Markley present a program of standards from the Great American Songbook, including music by Cole Porter, George Gershwin, Duke Ellington, and many more! An evening of duo jazz, featuring saxophone and piano in an intimate setting, highlighting [...]

Virtuoso Series Concert: Eric Hollenbeck, Percussion

April 11, 2023 at 6:00 PM
Just Getting Rollin’! Join CSU faculty artist, Eric Hollenbeck, for a concert that includes several pieces featuring the lost art of rolling on marimba. A trend of marimbaist avoiding rolling as a means of sustain on the instrument has been revealed in most percussion pieces during the last 20 years. This program will feature several [...]

CSU Trombone Choir Concert /FREE

April 11, 2023 at 7:30 PM
The CSU Trombone Studio presents an evening of music composed and arranged for trombone ensemble featuring guest artist David Jackson. This concert will showcase the full CSU Trombone Choir as well as the NoCo Bones, which is a large trombone choir made up of both CSU students and area high school trombonists. Jackson will perform [...]

Classical Convergence: Borromeo String Quartet

April 12, 2023 at 7:30 PM
The award-winning quartet is admired for both its fresh interpretations of the classical music canon and its championing of works by 20th and 21st century composers. CLASSICAL CONVERGENCE CONCERT SERIES 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 [...]

Jazz Combos Concert

April 13, 2023 at 7:30 PM
CSU Jazz Combos 1,2, and 3 present an evening of small-group jazz. Directed by Dr. Seth Lewis, Tom Amend, and Sean Sullivan, the combos will present a program of jazz standards, great hidden gems, and original music by combo members.

Middle School Outreach Ensembles Concert

April 15, 2023 at 6:00 PM
The CSU Music Education program presents the Middle School Outreach Ensembles concert! More than 60 music educators, including advanced high school students in the CSU Trying-on-Teaching Program, college music education majors, CSU faculty, practicing teachers, and retired sages provide instruction to more than 200 young musicians during this nine-week program. This performance will feature students [...]

Wind Symphony Concert: Sound and Smoke

April 21, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Sound and Smoke The CSU Wind Symphony closes the season by highlighting collaborations of CSU student artists. Under the direction of Dr. Rebecca Phillips, Graduate Wind Conductor Benjamin Pouncey will conduct the CSU premiere of Sound and Smoke by Viet Cuong. In addition, the ensemble will perform the world premiere of two works; Graduate Student [...]

Saxophone Studio Recital /FREE

April 23, 2023 at 3:00 PM
Students of Peter Sommer, Dan Goble, and Wil Swindler perform classic and contemporary works for solo saxophone and chamber groups. Please join us for this special event featuring Adolphe Sax’s great invention and its development into the 21st century!

Graduate String Quartet

April 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM
The Graduate String Quartet will present their second concert of the year featuring new and old works for string quartet.

Jazz Ensembles with Guest Sherisse Rogers

April 23, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Concert #2 CSU Jazz Ensembles under the direction of Wil Swindler and Shilo Stroman present guest composer/bassist Sherisse Rogers. Ms. Rogers is a versatile composer, ranging in style from jazz and classical to world music and Rhythm & Blues. She was a regular arranger and orchestrator for the world-renowned crossover orchestra The Metropole Orchestra based [...]

Percussion Ensemble Festival Concert with Guest Omar Carmenates

April 29, 2023 at 6:00 PM
This concert will feature the western tradition of percussion in the 21st century with most of the pieces being written in the last 10 years. No dead composers on this one. We will pull out most of the percussion inventory and be ready for an eclectic and modern chamber music experience. Omar Carmenates is currently [...]

CSU's Chamber and Concert Choirs with Laudamus Chamber Chorale

April 30, 2023 at 4:00 PM
CSU’s Chamber and Concert Choirs are excited to join forces with Laudamus Chamber Chorale to perform Mozart’s monumental “Requiem,” accompanied by an orchestra comprised of professional instrumentalists from across the Front Range. The mystery surrounding this magnificent work is well documented, mainly due to the myths and controversies about its completion. Mozart was terminally ill [...]

Student Chamber Concert

April 30, 2023 at 7:30 PM
This concert will feature the undergraduate string chamber music groups.

Concert Band Concert: Momentum /FREE

May 1, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Momentum The CSU Concert Band ends the semester with a performance capitalizing on the momentum built throughout the year. Join the Concert Band for this engaging concert.

Concert Orchestra Concert: Celebrating Colorado Composers /FREE

May 2, 2023 at 7:30 PM
Celebrating Colorado Composers This program will include Alice's Wonderland by David Bobrowitz, edited by CSU alum Cameron Law, Gradients by CSU alum and conducting professor Kevin Poelking, and Taifu by Chris Pilsner, former orchestra director at Windsor High School. Flute Professor Dr. Michelle Stanley will be featured in My Cross by CU-Boulder Composition Professor Dr. [...]

World Percussion Ensemble Concert

May 7, 2023 at 6:00 PM
This concert will feature the CSU steel drum ensemble, Ragtime Xylophone Band, Civil War Rope Drum Ensemble and the Mexican Marimba band. The music represents styles, instruments and cultures from North and South America, the Middle East and Europe.

Woodwind News

CSU Marching Band color guard

CSU Marching Band History Project

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A Message About the CSUMB History Project Expand Hello CSU Marching Band Alumni! My name is Kathryn Kennedy. I am a senior studying music education at Colorado State University. I also serve as a drum major for the marching band. As part of my honors thesis, I am reaching out to CSUMB alumni in hopes […]

Wes Kenny and USO students

Orchestra Alumni invited to play with the CSU symphony to celebrate Maestro Kenney’s retirement

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Dear CSU Symphony, Sinfonia and Opera Orchestra alumni, It is my hope that you have continued to use the skills learned through the repertoire and ensemble playing you experienced at CSU. When I began my tenure at CSU’s School of Music, Theater, and Dance twenty years ago, it was my hope that we could build […]

Hummingbird Photo by James Wainscoat

‘Hope Arises’ on the wings of the premiere of James David composition, ‘Flying Jewels’

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James M. David, an internationally recognized composer who currently serves as professor of music composition at Colorado State University, is dedicated to creating dynamic and thoughtful music for all. His work is regularly inspired by moving words, images and ideas from the past and present. David’s composition, “Flying Jewels,” was inspired by Brian Doyle’s essay […]