An Extraordinary School, University & Arts City
With a world-class faculty and concert venues, the Lamont School of Music is widely recognized as a premier music performance school. Students from around the world audition to study at Lamont, where they gain the skills and experience necessary to succeed in today’s dynamic arts world. Our commitment to excellence includes a multi-genre curriculum and award-winning performers engaging with audiences from across the Rocky Mountain West.
Our students experience and participate in Denver’s unrivaled metropolitan arts environment, where professional performing arts companies offer inspiration and performance opportunities. Our graduates pursue professional careers as outstanding performing artists, composers, conductors, entrepreneurs, recording professionals and scholars.
Whether you are a prospective student, an audience member or an arts supporter, we welcome you to Lamont and invite you to explore our website.
A message from our director, Keith Ward
The Lamont School of Music joins the entire community of the University of Denver in standing against the perpetuation of systemic racism, oppression and racial violence. These injustices and the state of mind they reflect have marred this country for centuries, but especially this spring when our hearts were broken and our spirits ripped by the murders of African Americans such as Elijah McClain, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and George Floyd in a burst of anti-Black racism.
As our society grapples—again—with our continuing failure to be fair, equitable and just, Lamont’s faculty, staff and students are committed to being part of positive change. We will strive through the music we study, the repertoire we perform, the classes we teach, the audiences we engage, the faculty we hire and promote, the students we attract and support, and the examples we set to make our unique contributions toward systemic change.
Following the work by a group of staff and faculty who have already met to brainstorm and establish a structure for creating these changes, we will work collaboratively this summer to identify and select the types of authentic initiatives we can undertake as part of an institution committed to producing real change within itself, the broader community and this country. We will assess our work and share its results. We will be a part of the solution.
September 11 – 13, 2020
Denver Guitar Festival & Competition
Welcome to the second Denver Guitar Festival & Competition at the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. Due to COVID-19, this year the International Guitar Competition and Youth Competition will be held virtually.
LJO 2020 – The Lamont Jazz Orchestra, COVID Lockdown Remote Recording Session
"Golden Pothos" Composed by Camilla Vaitaitis. Featuring solos from Quinn Dymalski, Camilla Vaitaitis and Walt Krissel.
LJO 2020 – A second Lamont Jazz Orchestra, COVID Lockdown Remote Recording Session
"Unforgettable Person" Composed by Quinn Dymalski. Featuring solos from Quinn Dymalski, Stafford Hunter and Chris Panish.
7:1 Student-to-Faculty Ratio
300+ Performances Per Year
43/16 States/Nations Represented
“I have outstanding professors who really care about me as a human being beyond just my musical progress and my musicianship.”Mari McCarville, BA in Music
Our graduates are Lamont's encore around the world. They are performing on stages from The Metropolitan Opera to London's West End, editing scores for major motion pictures and conducting in concert halls from Europe to South America.
DU Alumna Takes Center Stage at The Met
It’s the dream of every aspiring opera singer: to appear on stage at the Metropolitan Opera in New York.
Lamont Honors First Distinguished Alum
The Lamont School of Music has named Chinese opera luminary Hao Jiang Tian (MA ’87) as the recipient of its inaugural Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Spirituals Project on CBS Evening News
In honor of Black History Month, CBS News met a group on a mission to preserve and revive a rich musical treasure.
Engaging the Rocky Mountain West
Attend a performance at the Newman Center or on tour, hire our musicians for your event or volunteer as an usher.