With our world-class faculty, award-winning student ensembles, and state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll find everything you need here at Lamont to prepare you for a career in jazz. Our faculty is made up of dedicated artist-teachers who will help you develop a strong jazz vocabulary and entrepreneurial spirit while you learn the basics of performing, writing and arranging.

As a jazz major you’ll participate in at least two ensembles every quarter, including the Lamont Jazz Orchestra and Small Groups. Lamont limits enrollment to 300 students, so you’ll enjoy small class sizes with plenty of personal attention. You’ll also learn from the amazing guest artists we bring in for master classes and performances; recent guests have included Ben Wendel, Bob Sheppard, Pat Metheny, Bob Mintzer, and Wayne Bergeron.

Auditions

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 indicate 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

Jazz Performance: All Programs

Prepare three pieces that you feel best exemplify your talent. Choose contrasting pieces from the standard modern jazz canon of tunes. Perform the "head" or main melody and then improvise. We're looking for loads of jazz vocabulary as well as a stellar swinging time feel.

Audition requirements are the same for all instruments as well as voice.

Minor

Prepare one jazz standard. 

Jazz Composition and Arranging

  1. Submit musical scores of at least two contrasting works. These should be uploaded through the online application and also sent to Dave Hanson at David.Hanson@du.edu.
  2. Submit corresponding recordings of your scores, and any additional works you'd like to share. You may either submit the audio files or link to them on YouTube, Soundcloud, Google Drive, etc.
  3. Audition on your primary instrument or voice with three pieces that you feel best exemplify your talent. Choose contrasting pieces from the standard modern jazz canon of tunes. Perform the "head" or main melody and then improvise. We're looking for loads of jazz vocabulary as well as a stellar swinging time feel.

Faculty

  • David Hanson

    David Hanson

    Adjunct Faculty, Keyboard, Composition & Arranging

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  • Alan Hood holding trumpet

    Alan Hood

    Professor, Trumpet

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  • Mike Marlier playing the drums

    Mike Marlier

    Adjunct Faculty, Drum Set; Director, Drum Set Studies

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  • Donna Wickham

    Donna Wickham

    Adjunct Faculty, Voice

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  • Saxes and bass
  • jazz combo
  • drummer
  • pianist
  • trumpet
  • guitarist
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