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.
Preliminary Round (for artist diploma only)
Upload 20 minutes of video showing the applicant conducting (no specific repertoire requirements; please include both concert and rehearsal footage).
Final Round (all programs)
- Audition conducting the Lamont Chorale on Tuesday, February 4, 2020 or by appointment. Audition repertoire is to be determined. Please contact the Director of Choral Studies, Catherine Sailer, DM, for a list of audition pieces.
- Interview with Dr. Sailer on the day of the audition.
- Written test to determine the candidate's knowledge of choral literature and score analysis skills on the day of the audition.
By December 15, 2019, in addition to the general University of Denver and Lamont graduate application requirements, applicants must:
- Provide a résumé detailing previous conducting experiences.
- Upload 3–6 videos of the applicant conducting (no specific repertoire requirements; concert footage preferred, but rehearsal footage acceptable).
- Optional: Include letters of recommendation from those who have seen the applicant conduct.
Important Note: Only candidates whose applications are 100 percent complete by December 15, 2019 will be considered for the final round.
If accepted into the final round, applicants will:
- Audition conducting the Lamont Symphony Orchestra on March 2, 2020. The repertoire will be Prokofiev's Symphony No. 5.
- Interview with Professor Lawrence Golan on the day of the audition.
- Take a written test to determine the candidate's knowledge of the orchestra on the day of the audition.
In preparation for the written 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.
In addition to the general University of Denver and Lamont graduate application requirements, applicants must:
- Provide a résumé detailing previous conducting experience.
- Submit three letters of recommendation from those who have seen the applicant conduct.
- Upload a preliminary video recording of the applicant's conducting (no specific requirements).
- Provide a preferred audition date (if invited for a live audition) and an alternate date.
If invited to the live audition, applicants will: