Lamont’s guitar studio is invested in developing well-rounded musicians in a rigorous, encouraging environment.

Guitarists at Lamont study with award-winning artists Jonathan Leathwood and Laura Husbands. Professor Leathwood is one of the few guitarists to perform on six-string and ten-string guitars, mixing modern and traditional works in his innovative programs. He is an internationally certified teacher of the Alexander Technique and editor of Soundboard Scholar, the only peer-reviewed journal of guitar scholarship in English. Professor Husbands has won top prizes in 11 international competitions and has quickly become a sought-after performer and teacher. She is the artistic director of the Denver Guitar Festival and Competition, which brings internationally known artists to Lamont every year.

Auditions

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

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA, and Minor)

  • Three contrasting works of your own selection, demonstrating your technical and musical maturity. A typical program might be a dance movement by Bach, a nineteenth-century study (by Aguado, Carcassi, Giuliani, Sor, or similar), and a modern piece. You are welcome to include one of your own compositions or arrangements in your program.
  • One three-octave major and one three-octave melodic minor scale of your choice

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  • Three contrasting works of your own selection, demonstrating your technical and musical maturity. A typical program might be a fugue or longer prelude by Bach; a substantial nineteenth-century work, such as a variation set, concerto rondo, or sonata movement; and a substantial romantic or modern work. You are welcome to include one of your own compositions or arrangements in your program. Students interested in the Newman Fellowship for master’s students should check the submission requirements here.
  • Major and melodic minor scales in all keys, in three octaves where possible

Review requirements for Artist Diploma

View Jazz Guitar Requirements

Faculty

 
Jonathan Leathwood holding a guitar

Jonathan Luke Leathwood

Teaching Professor

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Laura Husbands holding acoustic guitar

Laura Catherine Husbands

Adjunct Faculty

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  • Jonathan Leathwood

    Jonathan Leathwood.

  • Laura Husbands

    Laura Husbands, guitar.

  • guitar quartet

    Guest artists, the LA Guitar Quartet.

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