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An evening of choral music

February 28, 2013

Students from a diverse list of majors, as well as music majors, blend their voices in Concert Choir to present music across the spectrum of choral repertoire. They will be joined by the Chamber Choir, a top select ensemble of 24-32 singers, for an evening of choral music which will include a new piece by CSU composer James David.

The Chamber Choir and Concert Choir will perform choral music written by current leaders in the American choral music, as well as that of emerging, young composers.

Friday, March 1
7:30 p.m.
Griffin Concert Hall
University Center for the Arts

The Colorado State University Chamber and Concert Choirs will take the stage for an evening of choral music on Friday, March 1, 7:30 p.m. in the Griffin Concert Hall at the University Center for the Arts, located at 1400 Remington St.


  • $7/CSU students
  • $1/youth (2-17)
  • $12/adults

Tickets are available at the University Center for the Arts (UCA) Ticket Office in the UCA Griffin Lobby, by phone at (970) 491-2787, or online. Advance purchase is recommended to avoid at-the-door fees.

Accomplished and emerging American composers

These top CSU choirs will perform music written by American composers including a new piece by CSU composer James David, Ph.D., for chorus, piano, and percussion ensemble.

The Concert Choir, led by Dr. Ryan Olsen, will also perform selections from Morten Lauridsen’s Les Chansons des Roses, selections from Ola Gjeilo’s Sunrise Mass, and portions of Joshua Shank’s Color Madrigals.

“This is a wonderful opportunity to hear choral music written by current leaders in the American choral music,” notes James Kim, director of choral activities at CSU, “along with up and coming young composers who are just making their mark upon the choral world.”

This is the last performance for the CSU Chamber Choir before they travel to Texas this spring for a state-wide tour. The choir, led by James Kim, Ph.D., will lead master classes in local high schools, participate in clinics with other universities and colleges, and feature a number of special performances in Houston, San Antonio, and Dallas, Texas.

About James Kim

James Kim is currently the Director of Choral Activities at Colorado State University.  He directs the CSU Chamber Choir and also teaches undergraduate/graduate conducting, choral literature, and choral techniques. After earning two degrees from University of Southern California, James Kim was invited by the Internationale Bachakademie Stuttgart to study with Helmuth Rilling for three years. 

In Europe, he participated in numerous workshops and festivals as an active conductor, notably such as Europäisches Musikfest Stuttgart ’99, Bachwochenende, and Sommerakademie.  He was also selected as one of five conductors from around the world to study with Frieder Bernius in a masterclass sponsored by the International Federation of Choral Music in Namur, Belgium.

About Ryan Olsen, Ph.D.

Ryan Olsen is on faculty as Assistant Professor of Choral Music Education and director of the CSU Concert Choir. Olsen has been active in all levels of music education in Kansas, Missouri, Arizona, Texas, and Colorado.

A native of Kansas City, Olsen received his Bachelor of Music Education and Master of Arts in Music with an emphasis in choral music education from the Conservatory of Music and Dance at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. Olsen taught middle school and high school choral music, music appreciation, and music theory courses in the Kansas City metropolitan area and served as the music director in various musical theater productions, including a production of Jesus Christ Superstar at the International Fringe Festival in Edinburgh, Scotland.

Olsen received his DMA in Choral Conducting with a cognate in Music Education from Arizona State University. Prior to joining the faculty at CSU, Olsen taught music education courses and directed the choral program at Our Lady of the Lake University in San Antonio, Texas.  

About James David, Ph.D.

James M. David is assistant professor of composition and music theory at Colorado State University. He previously taught on the faculty of the Schwob School of Music at Columbus State University and the Georgia Governor’s Honors Program. Additionally, he has served as composer-in-residence for Leon County Public Schools in Florida and ART 342 in Colorado.

Among the distinctions David has earned as a composer are an ASCAP Morton Gould Award, national first-place winner in the MTNA Young Artists Composition Competition, winner of the Dallas Wind Symphony International Fanfare Competition, and national first-place winner in the NACUSA Young Composers Competition. 

Commissioned works include projects for Joseph Alessi (New York Philharmonic), John Bruce Yeh (Chicago Symphony Orchestra), Robert Rumbelow (University of Illinois), Blair Bollinger (Philadelphia Orchestra), and the Commission Project of Rochester, NY. In 2009, he received a consortium commission from twelve university wind ensembles through the Atlantic Coast Conference Grant for Emerging Wind Band Composers.

Contact: Carrie Care
Phone: (970) 491-5891