Horn players at Lamont study with some of the most prominent performers, conductors, educators and scholars, including a brass faculty with over six decades of combined experience. David Byrd-Marrow, one of the most dynamic horn players in the industry, leads the horn studio. He also serves as the solo horn of the New York-based International Contemporary Ensemble and frequently appears with the Ojai Music Festival, Bay Chamber Concerts, the Mostly Mozart Festival, the Tanglewood Music Center and as faculty at the Banff Music Centre.

The horn studio also takes full advantage of the multi-genre ensembles housed in the state-of-the-art Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Whether it’s a brass quintet, orchestra, wind ensemble, opera orchestra or a student-led group, our horn players never complain of not performing enough.



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

Click here for the full steps for how to apply. Applications received after January 15, 2022 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Live Audition

Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition on the Lamont application. The 2022 audition dates are January 29, February 5, and February 12. All auditions are approximately 20 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.  Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for the Zoom interview on the Lamont application, choosing from January 29, February 5, and February 12.

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)

  • First movement of any Mozart concerto, or first movement of R. Strauss's Horn Concerto No. 1
  • Two contrasting etudes
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • R. Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel (opening only)
    • Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (low horn tutti)
    • Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
  • All Major Scales
  • Sight-reading

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  • Mozart Horn Concerto No. 4 (mvmt. 1 only, with cadenza)
  • Modern solo, written after 1982
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Beethoven, Symphony No. 7, mvmt. 1, mm. 84–102 & m. 421–end
    • Brahms, Symphony No. 1 (2nd and 4th mvmts.)
    • Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (low tutti)
    • R. Strauss, Ein Heldenleben, opening
  • Sight-reading

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


David Byrd-Marrow playing the horn

David Byrd-Marrow

Assistant Professor

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    David Byrd-Marrow.

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    Horn students performing with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra.

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