Lamont flutists are part of a focused, collaborative and encouraging studio that is led by one of the most sought-after orchestral flute and piccolo players in the country. Professor Julie Duncan Thornton currently performs with the Colorado Symphony and has previously performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Houston Symphony. She serves on the faculty of the Colorado College Sumer Music Festival, where she teaches some of the top college flutists and performs chamber music with world class faculty artists. She has appeared as soloist with the Colorado Symphony, the Lakewood Symphony, the Greece (NY) Symphony, the Colorado Young Sinfonia and at the National Flute Association's Boston and Chicago conventions. Performances with the Trio Arcadia (Flute, Horn and Harp) have taken her to Australia.

Recent Lamont online Flute and Wellness Masterclasses have featured Chelsea Knox (Metropolitan Opera Principal Flute), Anna Conigliari (Flagstaff Symphony Orchestra 2nd Flute), and Gareth McLearnon. Current Lamont students are performing in the National Flute Association Convention this summer and attending prominent flute and piccolo masterclasses.  


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

Applications received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You may indicate your preference for a live or virtual audition on the Lamont application.

Click here to view the current year’s audition/interview dates and the full steps for how to apply.

Live Audition

All auditions are approximately 15 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. 

The 10-minute interview will consist of a Q&A only. You will not be asked to perform.

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)

  • One or two major scales and one or two minor scales (any form of minor is fine) along with a 3-octave chromatic scale up and down
  • Exposition of the 1st movement of a Mozart Flute Concerto (G Major or D Major)
  • A contrasting solo of your choice (for example: any French conservatory solo, i.e., Fauré's Fantaisie, Enescu's Cantabile et Presto, Chaminade's Concertino, etc. or a piece of your choosing)

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  • Exposition of the 1st movement and opening of the 2nd movement of either Mozart Flute Concerto (G Major or D Major)
  • A contrasting piece of your choosing
  • Three (3) standard orchestral excerpts

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


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Julie M. Thornton

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