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Ensembles

Over 300 Performance Opportunities

At Lamont, you'll participate as a performer, composer or conductor in one of our many ensembles. These include orchestra, opera, choir, jazz and world music groups, and more.

Performances take place in the state-of-the-art Newman Center for the Performing Arts, one of the finest facilities of its kind in the nation. The building features four distinct venues, including the 977-seat Gates Concert Hall.

While our ensembles are mostly composed of music majors, all are welcome to audition.

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What's an Ensemble?
Ensemble participation is an essential component to studying music. Our music majors spend a great deal of time rehearsing and performing with these groups, as they are required to be in one or two ensembles per quarter. All of our ensembles are open to all DU students, so non-music majors are welcome and encouraged to audition as well.
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Chamber Ensembles

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Central to a world-class education in music performance is participation in chamber music, which provides opportunities for smaller, more intimate performance ensembles. At Lamont, you will have the freedom to explore all possibilities of chamber music and create a diverse combination of instrumental and vocal ensembles.

All instrumental performance majors are required to participate in at least one chamber music ensemble each quarter. We offer a variety of options, granting you the freedom to explore the many possibilities of chamber music and create a diverse combination of instrumental and vocal ensembles.

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Choirs

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We want to hear your voice! As part of Lamont's choir ensembles, you can sing great repertoire, practice listening and teamwork skills, and find a community that shares a passion for singing. All members of the DU community are encouraged to audition for the choirs at Lamont.

Auditions for Lamont Chorale, Men's Choir and Women's Chorus are held the first week of fall classes in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, room 411. Students may sign up for an audition time at the Pioneer Carnival or by contacting Dr. Catherine Sailer at [email protected]. The audition includes an optional solo song in any style, vocalizing and assessment of aural and sight reading skills. Credits earned through participation in a choir may be applied to the creative expression core requirement.

Auditions for the Spirituals Project Choir and the American Heritage Chorale are held by appointment with the director. A brief vocal interview will determine appropriate placement within these ensembles. For further information, contact Professor M. Roger Holland II at [email protected].

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Contemporary Music Ensembles

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Our contemporary music ensembles offer training and performance opportunities for a wide range of contemporary works. This challenging repertoire pushes students to explore the possibilities of what ensemble music can be.

Students in Lamont's contemporary music ensembles perform music spanning the 20th century to the present day, as well as works by our own undergraduate and graduate composers. The Pioneer Pep Band provides spirited entertainment for DU sporting events.

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Jazz Ensembles

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The Lamont School of Music is a superb place to study and perform jazz. World-class, award-winning musicians direct our big band and vocal ensembles. We regularly perform with guest artists at nationally acclaimed festivals and competitions, and we host quarterly performances on campus. 

Membership to all ensembles is determined by audition and open to all University of Denver students. For audition repertoire and to schedule your audition, please contact the director of the associated ensemble.

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Lamont Opera Theatre

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Our fully-staged operas and musicals allow students to gain firsthand experience in all aspects of professional theatre. In addition to performing, students learn about stage production, including set design, costuming, make-up and set construction. Some students take on directorial duties, such as hosting auditions. Recent Lamont productions include Don Giovanni, Oklahoma!, SusannahHansel & GretelCarmen and The Marriage of Figaro.

Auditions take place in the second week of classes of the fall quarter. Any student interested in auditioning should email the ensemble director, Professor Matthew Plenk.

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Lamont Symphony Orchestra

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The award-wining Lamont Symphony Orchestra provides comprehensive and intensive training that prepares students for careers as orchestral musicians. The orchestra performs in both symphonic concerts and stage productions each year.

Although most musicians in the orchestra are music majors from the Lamont School of Music, the orchestra is open to students from across the University.

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Lamont Wind Ensemble

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Our wind ensembles have a history of excellence – we're staples in the Denver classical music community and our graduates go on to careers in performance, education, administration, and scholarship.

The works performed by our students represent some of the most prominent traditional and contemporary composers. Each Lamont Wind Ensemble member is also assigned to a small chamber ensemble, coached by Lamont faculty.

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Percussion Ensembles

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The Lamont Percussion Ensemble performs once each academic quarter, as well as once per year as the Lamont Ragtime Ensemble. We perform traditional percussion ensemble music as well as music from today's important composers, which includes commissions specifically written for our group. Our students have performed alongside contemporary artists in percussion, including Third Coast Percussion, So Percussion and Gwendolyn Burgett Thrasher.

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World Music Ensembles

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Our world music ensembles represent cultures from around the globe, bringing the music of the Caribbean, Brazil, India and more right here to Denver.

Practicing traditional music from around the world is an excellent way to acquire multicultural insight and understanding. It also allows students to develop new skills and grow personally by exploring new techniques with their instrument. Our world ensembles represent a range of music, including steel drum, Indian classical music and bluegrass music.