Bassoon students at Lamont study with internationally renowned, multiple Grammy-nominated bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann. Prof. Kuuskmann is one of the most sought-after bassoonists on the classical music scene. He has been featured as a soloist and recording artist with the New York and London Philharmonics, Orchestre de la Suisse Romande, MDR Leipzig Radio Symphony Orchestra, and many others. 

Our bassoon studio takes full advantage of Lamont's diverse performance opportunities, participating in ensembles including symphony orchestra and opera, as well as chamber, world and contemporary groups.

Auditions

Applicants may choose to either audition in person in Denver OR submit a recorded video audition and complete a Zoom interview. 

Click here for the full steps for how to apply. Applications received after January 15, 2022 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Live Audition

Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition on the Lamont application. The 2022 audition dates are January 29, February 5, and February 12. All auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length. The applicant will choose one of their prepared works to perform. The faculty will choose the second of the prepared works and possibly an additional work as well.

Recorded Video Audition & Zoom Interview

Applicants unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit an unedited video audition via the Lamont application AND will complete a live Zoom interview.  Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for the Zoom interview on the Lamont application, choosing from January 29, February 5, and February 12.

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)

  • One major and one minor scale (harmonic or melodic), using the complete range of the instrument up to a high B or C depending on the key
  • One etude from Milde Scale or Concert Studies
  • Two complete works from contrasting periods (sonata, concerto or one movement work)
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts
  • Knowledge of transpositions/clefs where applicable
  • Sight-reading might be requested

Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

  • One major and one minor scale (harmonic or melodic), using the complete range of the instrument up to a high B or C depending on the key
  • Two contrasting etudes from Milde Concert Studies
  • Two complete works from contrasting periods; one work must be a concerto and one work must be from the 20th century
  • Mozart's The Marriage of Figaro Overture and one other contrasting orchestral excerpt
  • Knowledge of transposition/clefs where applicable
  • Sight-reading might be requested

Review requirements for Artist Diploma
Review requirements for Certificate in Orchestral Studies

Faculty

 
Martin Kuuskmann

Martin Kuuskmann

Assistant Professor

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  • Martin Kuuskmann

    Martin Kuuskmann.

  • Kusskmann with group
  • Australia Masterclass

    Martin Kuuskmann leading a masterclass in Australia.

  • Australia Masterclass

    Martin Kuuskmann leading a masterclass in Australia.

  • Australia Masterclass

    Martin Kuuskmann leading a masterclass in Australia.

  • Australia Masterclass

    Martin Kuuskmann leading a masterclass in Australia.

  • Australia masterclass

    Martin Kuuskmann leading a masterclass in Australia.

  • Morelli masterclass

    Lamont bassoon students participating in a masterclass with Frank Morelli.

  • Morelli masterclass

    Lamont bassoon students participating in a masterclass with Frank Morelli.

  • Bang on a Can

    Lamont bassoon students participating in a masterclass with Bang on a Can.

The bassoon studio delighted passersby recently by performing in the Joy Burns plaza. 

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