Organ Week


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.

Study the art of organ building with Bynum Petty, develop skills in choral conducting and harpsichord, and improve your organ playing with a faculty of concert organists including James David Christie, Joyce Jones, Ken Cowan, Andrew Steinberg, and CSU’s chair of organ, Joel Bacon.

Organ weeks have a long history at CSU since the years when professor Robert Cavarra invited organists such as Marie-Claire Alain, Luigi Tagliavini, and Anton Heiller to give week long courses to capacity audiences. The festivals brought organ students from across the country, ideas were exchanged, insights were made, and great music filled the city!

Concerts feature world renowned soloists performing major solo and collaborative works.

2016 Photo Gallery

2015 Photo Gallery


June 4-9, 2017


Camp Cost and Registration

Click here to register for 2017 Organ Week.

$400 – Double Occupancy Student Package

  • Five nights of double occupancy lodging in a standard residence hall on CSU’s campus
  • Sunday dinner through Friday breakfast; cafeteria style meals at CSU’s newest dining center
  • Use of the Student Recreation Center during scheduled hours for open recreation
  • Campus parking
  • All camp fees

*All rooms will be double occupancy and each attendee will be assigned a roommate of the same gender.*

$300 – Commuter Package

  • Dinner Sunday night, and lunch and dinner Monday – Thursday night (no breakfast); cafeteria style meals at CSU’s newest dining center
  • Use of the Student Recreation Center during scheduled hours for open recreation
  • Campus parking
  • All camp fees

For additional information, please contact Joel Bacon.

Nightly Concert Schedule

An Evening of Organ and Orchestra
With the Fort Collins Symphony, conducted by Wes Kenney
Soloists: Joel Bacon, James David Christie, Ken Cowan
Monday. June 5, 7:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall, UCA
Reception following
Tickets: No charge/CSU students; $19/adults; $1/youth

Organ concertos by George Frideric Handel, Marco Enrico Bossi, Malcolm Arnold, and Jean Langlais.

Joel Bacon, Solo Organ Recital
Tuesday, June 6, 7:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall, UCA
Beer reception following the concert; sponsored by Zwei Brewing Co.
Tickets: No charge/CSU students; $16/adults; $1/youth

Music in the Museum Concert Series Reprise / FREE
Joel Bacon, harpsichord; Eleanor Moseman, art historian
Wednesday, June 7, 11 a.m., Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, UCA

Originally performed in April, the popular recital/lecture will be performed against the backdrop of works of art including Renaissance and Baroque paintings and sculpture.

Ken Cowan, Solo Organ Recital / FREE
Wednesday, June 7, 7:30 p.m.
First United Methodist Church, 1005 Stover St, Fort Collin

Camp Recital / FREE
Thursday, June 8, afternoon (time TBA), Organ Recital Hall, UCA

Organ Week All Stars
Featuring: Joyce Jones, James David Christie, Ken Cowan, Joel Bacon, Andrew Steinberg, and the NOCO Artists String Quintet
Thursday, June 8, 7:30 p.m., Organ Recital Hall, UCA
Tickets: No charge/CSU students; $16/adults; $1/youth

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts ticket office 60 minutes prior to performances or online at Due to event popularity, advance ticket purchase is highly recommended.

Guest Artists

James David Christie
Oberlin College and Conservatory
Professor of Organ; Chair, Organ Department

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Joyce Jones

Baylor University School of Music
The Joyce Oliver Bowden Professor of Music and Organist-in-Residence

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Joel Bacon

Colorado State University
Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair of Organ and Liturgical Studies

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Ken Cowan
Rice University, Shepherd School of Music
Head of Organ Program

What to Expect (for students)
  • Two tracks of education for beginner and advanced organ students
  • Tours of some large and historic instruments in Northern Colorado
  • Touring the inside of some large and historic organs
  • Private instruction during the week with some of the best organists in the field
  • Attending many recitals and performances with World Class Organists
  • Hands on classes from a master organbuilder
  • A chance to meet other students who share an interest in organ
  • The opportunity to take your keyboard skills to another level
  • Recreation activities, such as hiking in the Rockies
  • Spending time on CSU’s campus, taking advantage of great and new accommodation
  • Open to any level of organ student (must be proficient in piano, e.g. 2-part invention)


Joel Bacon

Stewart and Sheron Golden Chair in Organ and Liturgical Studies
Associate Professor of Organ

(970) 491-2431