In the conducting studio at the Lamont School of Music, students explore the complexities of conducting Western art music with the help of student-led ensembles and our world-class music faculty. Delving into choral, orchestral, and wind ensemble styles, students gain practical experience leading performers while learning to manage the non-musical responsibilities common to conducting roles. No matter which degree program you choose, you will receive a great deal of podium time with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Lamont Wind Ensemble, or one of our choirs.

Lamont's orchestral conducting program is led by Lawrence Golan, who currently serves as music director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic, and York Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Joseph Martin, whose performance experience in brass instruments ranges from Denver Brass to the Aries Brass Quartet and beyond, directs wind ensemble studies. Catherine Sailer chairs the choral conducting program, bringing years of experience and accolades as a conductor with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and other prestigious ensembles.

Audition and Application Requirements

Preliminary Round

By January 15, 2021, in addition to the general DU and Lamont graduate application requirements (which include additional language requirements for international students), applicants must satisfy the requirements for their corresponding area: 

Orchestral 

  1. Upload 3-6 videos of the applicant conducting (no specific repertoire requirements; concert footage preferred, but rehearsal footage acceptable).
  2. Provide a résumé detailing previous conducting experiences.
  3. Optional: Include letters of recommendation from those who have seen the applicant conduct.

Choral

  1. Upload 20 minutes of video showing the applicant conducting (no specific repertoire requirements; please include both concert and rehearsal footage).
  2. Provide a résumé detailing previous conducting experiences.

Wind

  1. Upload a video recording of the applicant's conducting (no specific requirements).
  2. Provide a résumé detailing previous conducting experience.
  3. Submit three letters of recommendation from those who have seen the applicant conduct.

Final Round

If accepted into the final round, applicants will:

Orchestral

  1. Complete a Zoom interview with Lawrence Golan.
  2. Take a remotely-administered test* to determine the candidate's knowledge of the orchestra.

Choral

  1. Complete a Zoom interview with Dr. Catherine Sailer.
  2. Take a remotely-administered test to determine the candidate's knowledge of choral literature and score analysis skills. 

Wind

  1. Complete a Zoom interview with Dr. Joseph Martin.
  • *Additional information about orchestral conducting test

    In preparation for this test, the candidate should become intimately familiar with Norman Del Mar's book "The Anatomy of the Orchestra." Hint: Del Mar's writing style is such that he likes to state a basic principle, and then spend pages discussing the rare exceptions to that principle. The test will include questions about the basic principles, not the rare exceptions.

Faculty

 
Catherine Sailer

Catherine Sailer

Professor

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Joseph Martin holding a trombone

Joseph Martin

Associate Professor

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Lawrence Golan

Lawrence Golan

Professor

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Nathan Payant

Nathan Payant

Adjunct Faculty

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