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.

  • Live Audition

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition in Denver on the Lamont application. 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.

  • Applicants Unable to Travel to Denver

    While Lamont faculty prefer to have applicants audition on campus, those unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit an unedited video audition in lieu of the on-campus audition. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application.

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)

  • First movement of any Mozart concerto
  • Two contrasting Etudes from Kopprasch Book 1, Kling 40 Etudes or any Gallay
  • Excerpts: R. Strauss, Till Eulenspiegel (opening only); Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (low horn tutti); Brahms, Symphony No. 3 (first movement solo from G to H, third movement solo from one measure before F to m. 110); Tchaikovsky, Symphony No. 5
  • Possible sight reading

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  • Mozart 4th Concerto (mvmt 1 only, with cadenza)
  • Last movement of R. Strauss Concerto No. 1 or 2
  • Two contrasting etudes from Kopprasch, Kling or Gallay Studies for Second Horn, op. 57
  • Excerpts: Beethoven, Symphony No. 7; Brahms, Symphony No. 1 (2nd and 4th mvmts.); Shostakovich, Symphony No. 5 (low tutti)
  • Possible sight reading
  • Artist Diploma: Review requirements


David Byrd-Marrow playing the horn

David Byrd-Marrow

Assistant Professor

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