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Message From the Director

Lamont Director Keith Ward

The Lamont School of Music is a special place. It is a community of exceptional performers, scholars and composers, an outstanding professional staff and gifted, engaged students. Through undergraduate and graduate degrees, artist diplomas and certificate programs, music students at Lamont enjoy the benefits of a comprehensive music program that challenges and nurtures – all within the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, an exceptional, state-of-the-art facility.

The breadth of our offerings includes music from the Western art music tradition, other world cultures, jazz, and study in recording technology and production. Performance, composition, jazz studies, recording engineering, music theory, musicology, conducting, music as a second major or a minor in music: these courses of study shape a remarkably rich curriculum. A dazzling plethora of large and small ensembles offers many performing opportunities across the musical spectrum.

There is much to discover about the Lamont School of Music, from its renowned faculty to a performance calendar of more than 300 annual concerts and events. I invite you to learn more about us by browsing our website, watching our videos online, joining us on social media or planning a visit to learn how Lamont plays an important role in nurturing our students' talents.

Sincerely,

Keith Ward
Director

At Lamont, you walk into the office and people know you by name. That speaks volumes that the school cares about what we’re going to be doing in our lives. It’s incredibly rare and unique.

Kevin Keith, Lamont graduate
Percussionist Kevin Keith
The beautiful Newman Center for the Performing Arts houses Lamont.

Newman Center for the Performing Arts

Lamont's beautiful home

Acclaimed as one of the nation's finest university arts centers, the 180,000 square-foot Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts anchors the southeast corner of the campus. The Newman Center also houses Virginia E. Trevorrow Hall, home of Lamont, as well as a grand opera hall, two recital halls and a theatre. Joy Burns Plaza joins the components of the center.

The Newman Center houses technologically sophisticated studios for teaching, rehearsing and practicing. Each of the performance, rehearsal and practice spaces in the Newman Center is wired to the professional recording studio, allowing us to create professional-quality recordings. The Center also contains a music library, computer lab, costume shop and classrooms.

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Support the Lamont School of Music

Lamont Society donors support our ensembles, help us purchase instruments, underwrite master classes and performances by guest artists, maintain scholarships, send our ensembles on tour, and provide travel funds to students for summer festivals, competitions, and auditions.

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Orchestra students perform in the final 2019 concert.

Life at Lamont

A Musically Rich Lifestyle

As a Lamont student, you'll have access to an array of services, resources and programs that will complete your DU experience. Among those is an all-inclusive transit pass, which you can use to take a short light rail ride to the premier music venues of the Denver Performing Arts Complex.

We not only provide a collaborative learning environment but also offer numerous ensembles and extracurricular activities to encourage you to connect with your peers outside of the classroom. Music is meant to be shared, so we embrace efforts to engage music lovers all across the Front Range.

The City of Denver is home to world class museums and performing arts organizations, not to mention Red Rocks Amphitheatre. We also have four major professional sports teams, countless outdoor activities and the headquarters of ten Fortune 500 companies. Here, there are opportunities to engage even the most niche interests, making Denver an incredible place to practice and share music.  

News from Lamont

Lamont Opera Theatre’s production of Puccini’s “Il trittico”  on the set students had a hand in creating.
Lamont Opera Theatre Provides New Opportunities

Matthew Plenk wants his students to understand all aspects of a production, which is why for Lamont Opera Theatre's production of Puccini’s “Il trittico,” he added a twist.

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Lamont Jazz Orchestra performs at the 61st Monterey Jazz Festival
Lamont Jazz Orchestra Performs at the Monterey Jazz Festival

With two performances at the prestigious Monterey Jazz Festival, the Lamont Jazz Orchestra (LJO) gave notice to the jazz world last week that DU is home to some of the finest college jazz musicians on the planet.

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