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.



Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring recorded video auditions from all applicants as well as a live Zoom component.

  • Recorded Video Audition

    Video recordings should be unedited, i.e. do not make cuts or edits in the middle of pieces. It is fine to record pieces separately. Use the best recording equipment you have on hand. Faculty will evaluate you on the quality of your performance and not on the audio/video quality. 

    This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Live Zoom Interview

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for a live Zoom interview on the Lamont application. 

    The 2021 interview dates are January 30, February 6, and February 13. 

Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  • Twenty (20) minutes of repertoire to include three (3) pieces, each from a different period:
    • Baroque (e.g., prelude/fugue or chorale prelude by Bach, Buxtehude, Bruhns, etc.)
    • Romantic (e.g., Mendelssohn sonata movement, Brahms chorale prelude, Franck, Widor, Vierne, etc.)
    • 20th or 21st Century (e.g., Alain, Langlais, Hindemith, Rorem, Paulus, etc.)
  • Memorization is not required 

Undergraduate (Minor)

  • Ten (10) minutes of repertoire consisting of two (2) or more classical-genre pieces or movements including one work by Bach (prelude/fugue or chorale prelude).
  • In certain cases, a student may be admitted who has had no organ study but does have a strong background in piano.  In such individual cases, a piano audition is permitted instead of an organ audition.
  • Memorization is not required 

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  • Thirty (30) minutes of repertoire to include a work or representative movement from each of the following (for the Romantic and 20th/21st century work, one must be primarily lyric, and one must be primarily virtuosic):
    • Before 1750—not Bach (e.g., Buxtehude, Sweelinck, French Classic, etc.)
    • J. S. Bach (e.g. Prelude, Toccata, or Fantasy and/or Fugue; Trio Sonata movement; Passacaglia; Leipzig chorale prelude; Clavierübung chorale prelude)
    • Romantic period (e.g., Mendelssohn, Reger, Franck, Guilmant, Widor, Vierne, etc.)
    • 20th or 21st Century (e.g., Alain, Messiaen, Langlais, Dupré, Duruflé, Hindemith, Distler, Hakim, Guillou, Paulus, etc.)
  • Memorization is not required

Review requirements for Artist Diploma


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Joseph Galema

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