Organists study with Joseph Galema, who has been with Lamont since 2008. He also serves as principal organist at First United Methodist Church in Colorado Springs, one of the largest and most active congregations in the city. At Lamont, he teaches private lessons to organ majors in addition to classes on organ repertoire, organ improvisation and organ accompanying.
Lamont is home to a freestanding 56-rank, 3,000-pipe Schuke Orgelbau Berlin organ. This instrument was built in Germany and now sits as the centerpiece of Hamilton Recital Hall, the space for which it was specifically constructed.
Applicants will preference their top two audition dates for a live audition in Denver on the Lamont application. The applicant will choose one of the 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 strongly prefer to have applicants audition on campus, those unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit an unedited recorded 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.
Undergraduate (BM and BA)
- Prepare 15–20 minutes of organ literature you have thoroughly studied. Include a work of Johann Sebastian Bach in addition to a romantic and/or a contemporary composition.
Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)
- Prepare at least 15–20 minutes of music including:
- A major work of J. S. Bach (e.g. a prelude and fugue, trio sonata, large chorale prelude)
- A composition of the Romantic period
- A contemporary composition