Date(s) - May 4, 2022
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Gregory Allicar Museum of Art, University Center for the Arts

Music in the Museum Concert Series:
Master of Music Student Showcase

GAMA’s free Music in the Museum Concert Series explores the cross-fertilization of music and the visual arts through concerts in the galleries. Performances by Colorado State University music faculty and students are enriched with context provided by faculty and students from the Department of Art and Art History and the School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.


Music in the Museum: Master of Music Student Showcase
Wednesday, May 4 at 12 p.m.

Musicians: Sean Brennan, horn; Timothy Burns, piano; Chris Delisa, guitar; Christian Kuhlman, percussion
Singer: Emily Anderson, mezzo-soprano
Lecturer: Justin Price, Master of Fine Arts graduate and participating artist in the MFA Thesis Exhibition 2022


Berceuse                                                                            Jean-Michel Damase (1928-2013)
Notturno, Op.112                                                                           Carl Reinecke (1824-1910)
Sean Brennan, horn
Timothy Burns, piano


Ging heut’ Morgen übers Feld                                                   Gustav Mahler (1860-1911)
Funeral Blues                                                                            Benjamin Britten (1913-1976)
Emily Anderson, mezzo-soprano
Timothy Burns, piano


Aphasia (2010)                                                                            Mark Applebaum (b. 1967)
Christian Kuhlman, percussion


¡Sola!                                                                                       Francisco Tárrega (1852-1909)
Minuetto                                                                                                                                   ___
Pavana                                                                                                                                      ___
Anibal Agosto Sardinha (Garoto) (1915-1955)
Chris Delisa, guitar


This concert is free and open to the public, but we ask for reservations as space is limited.

(registration closes 1 hour before the concert or if event reaches total capacity)

Register for Music in the Museum, May 4 at 12 p.m.


Music in the Museum: Master of Music Student Showcase is a free concert featuring faculty and students from the music department at CSU. The performance will be held in GAMA’s Griffin Foundation Gallery and MFA graduate Justin Price will speak on the connection between music and the art in the MFA Thesis Exhibition 2022.


About the Master of Music student performers:

Emily Anderson:

Emily Anderson is an American mezzo-soprano. She holds a BM in Music Education and a Performance Certificate from Sam Houston State University and is currently a graduate student pursuing her MM in Vocal Performance at Colorado State University.

She has performed both domestically and internationally in operatic roles such as Orpheus in Gluck’s Orfeo ed Euridice, Suzuki in Puccini’s Madame Butterfly, and the Sorceress in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas. Her most recent roles include Miss Todd in Menotti’s Old Maid and the Thief, Dido in Purcell’s Dido and Aeneas, and Dorabella in Mozart’s Così fan tutte. She has also received awards at multiple opera, art song, and musical theatre competitions around the United States. In summer 2022, she will be debuting the role of Aztec Slave in Nathan Felix’s new spanish opera, La Malinche.


Sean Brennan:

Sean Brennan is currently pursuing a Master of Music degree in Horn Performance at Colorado State University studying with John McGuire. As an orchestral musician, Sean has performed with the Eugene Symphony, Greeley Philharmonic, and Eugene Concert Orchestra. In addition, he was a fellow with Orchestra Next (Eugene Ballet’s resident orchestra) from 2017-2021. In 2018, Sean won the Northwest Horn Society’s Horn Quartet competition along with his colleagues from the University of Oregon.

Sean has spent summers performing at Kent Blossom Music Festival and Eastern Music Festival. Sean has received the Bachelor of Music degree from the University of Oregon studying with Lydia Van Dreel. Other important teachers include Alan DeMattia (Assistant Principal Horn, Cleveland Orchestra) and Joseph Berger (Associate Principal Horn, Oregon Symphony). 


Timothy Burns:

Pianist Timothy Burns is a versatile performer and collaborator, with significant instrumental, vocal, and choral accompanying experience. He holds degrees in piano performance, music theory pedagogy, and collaborative piano from Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, New York, studying with Carol Schanely-Cahn, David Allen Wehr, and Jean Barr. Currently, Dr. Burns serves as supervisor of piano accompanying and coordinator of piano proficiency at Colorado State University in Fort Collins, where he frequently collaborates with faculty, guest artists, and students. 

Dr. Burns has performed throughout the United States and Canada. He has served as staff accompanist for the 2010 King Award Competition, the 2012 International Viola Congress, the 2013 International Society of Bassists Competition and Conference, the 2017 and 2019 International Horn Competition of America, and the 2019 International Keyboard Odyssiad, U.S.A. Recent performances include concert tours with saxophonist Peter Sommer, with clarinetist Wesley Ferreira, and as trio member with violinist John Michael Vaida and cellist Theodore Buchholz. Other major performances include the world premiere of James David’s Swing Landscapes (2018) for Piano and Wind Orchestra, duo performances with clarinetist Wesley Ferreira at the 2016 ClarinetFest International Conference, and a 2015 chamber music performance on the Frick Collection’s “Salon Evening” concert series in New York City with members of the Rochester Philharmonic Orchestra. 

As an avid supporter for new and current music, Dr. Burns has performed works by current composers such as Mari Esabel Valverde, Margaret Brouwer, Mathjis van Dijk, Baljinder Sekhon, and James M. David. Past summer residences have included the New York State Summer School of the Arts Choral Studies Program in Fredonia, New York, the Performing Arts Institute at the Wyoming Seminary near Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, the Eastman School of Music’s “Summer@Eastman” program in Rochester, New York, the Lift Clarinet Academy in Fort Collins, Colorado, and the Just Chamber Music program in Fort Collins, Colorado. 

Dr. Burns currently resides in Broomfield, Colorado with his wife and collaborative pianist, Suyeon Kim, and his four-year old son, Stephen.  


Chris Delisa:

Colorado classical guitarist Chris Delisa enjoys a multifaceted musical career as a performer, arranger, composer, and blogger.  Chris has earned degrees from Metropolitan State University of Denver (BM) as well as Colorado State University (MM) where he served as a graduate teaching assistant.  While a student at MSU, Chris was the first guitarist to compete in the school’s concerto competition and performed its inaugural Honors Recital, only offered to the school’s most talented students.   

Chris’ primary instructors include David Bailey, Alex Komodore, and Jeff LaQuatra.  During his years as a student, Chris participated in Masterclasses by some of the classical guitar world’s most acclaimed performers and teachers including David Russell, Jason Vieaux, Martha Masters, Alexander Dunn, and Matt Palmer.   

As a performer, Chris received second prize in the 2022 One World Prairie Guitar Contest in Cheyenne, Wyoming.  He has participated in a variety of chamber music ensembles with harp, flute, clarinet, and has also performed with Colorado State University’s Wind Symphony.  His solo repertoire includes a variety of compositional styles, from the Baroque suites of Johann Sebastian Bach, classical guitar standards by Joaquin Turina and Giulio Regondi, as well as ground-breaking contemporary works including Chris’ forthcoming collection of concert etudes, Morceaux Désagréables.   

Since 2017, Chris has developed Infinite Fretboard (, an online guitar resource for performers and scholars, publishing a variety of guitar-centric articles, as well as videos demonstrating numerous theoretical concepts. 


Christian Kuhlman:

Christian Kuhlman is a percussionist, pianist, and composer from Lee’s Summit, Missouri, and is currently based in Fort Collins, Colorado. He is a proponent of theatrical and experimental works, hoping to provide audiences a space to freely think about how art plays a role in daily life.

Christian has performed in a variety of settings, including performances with the Quincy (IL) Symphony Orchestra, the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps, Bernard Woma, Victor Provost, and Sō Percussion. Christian holds a Bachelor’s degree in percussion performance from Truman State University, where he was the recipient of the Michael Hooley Award for outstanding percussion performance, and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in percussion performance at Colorado State University, where he also serves as a Graduate Teaching Assistant.

Since coming to Colorado State University, Christian has performed with the University Symphony Orchestra, Wind Symphony, the New Music Ensemble, the CSU Percussion Ensemble, and the CSU World Percussion Ensemble. As an educator, Christian currently serves as the Assistant Director of the CSUMB Drumline, coaches chamber ensembles, world percussion ensembles, and has worked with local area schools as a percussion clinician for students aging from kindergarten through high school. Christian’s primary teachers have included Eric Hollenbeck, Shilo Stroman, Michael Bump, Nick Petrella, Lok Ng, and Anne Beck

About the speaker:

Justin Price

Colorado State University 2022 MFA graduate.

Artist Statement:

Painting has a unique capacity to best function through its inherent, contradictory traits: a medium simultaneously presented in its opaqueness, a dumb substance of tangible color, and a communicative tool transparent through its representational actions. These strange bedfellows of its circumstances elegantly parallel much of the contradictory essence that drives my relationship with the world. My obsessive and indecisive nature dominates how I navigate through life. Painting offers me justification for an acceptance of ambivalence, and with that, an opportunity to thematize these perspectives. Ambivalence is my template, and I am motivated by a pursuit of equivalents, seeking individual certainties to the myriad possibilities I pose through painting. A picture or work reaches resolution when any number of disparate formal and theoretic elements level off in internal balance, a display of painting’s contrary qualities cooperating in unison.