Piano students study with Stephanie Cheng or Steven Mayer, award-winning artist-teachers who enjoy international reputations as performers and pedagogues. Students enrolled in piano pedagogy will study with Chee-Hwa Tan, a distinguished pianist, educator, clinician and composer.

We foster a vibrant collaborative music setting, including participation in duets, small chamber groups, and large ensembles. Students enjoy state-of-the-art facilities in the Newman Center for the Performing Arts, and Lamont holds the distinction of an All-Steinway School with 85 acoustic pianos from the Steinway Piano Company.

  • Live Audition

    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.

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. Twenty minutes of memorized repertoire to include three or four pieces, each from a different period:
    • Baroque (e.g., two-part invention by Bach)
    • Classical (e.g., Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven Sonata – one movement)
    • Romantic (e.g., Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms)
    • Twentieth Century (e.g., Debussy, Ravel, Schonberg, Bartok, Hindemith)
  2. Sight reading to be selected at the audition

Undergraduate (Minor)

  1. Ten minutes of repertoire consisting of two or more classical-genre pieces or movements
  2. All major scales, four octaves
  3. Memorization is not required

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. Applicants should prepare a solo recital program of at least 45 minutes of repertoire. Prelude & Fugue and sonata should be complete; concertos are not accepted. Music should be memorized and selections should include:
    • A major work from the Baroque period (e.g., Bach, Scarlatti, Rameau, etc.)
    • A major work from the Classical period (e.g., Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, etc.)
    • A major work from the Romantic period (e.g., Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, etc.)
    • A major work from the 20th century (e.g., Bartok, Hindemith, Schonberg, Copland, Barber, etc.)
  2. Sight reading to be selected at the audition

Pedagogy Applicants

In addition to the graduate audition requirements above, applicants must submit/complete the following:

  1. A research paper related to music education/pedagogy (as per undergraduate work),
  2. A 20-minute video of teaching, and
  3. An interview with the piano pedagogy faculty.
CTA pattern (books, scales, etc)

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Featured Faculty

Stephanie Shih-Yu Cheng

Stephanie Cheng

Teaching Assistant Professor

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Steven Mayer


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Chee-Hwa Tan

Chee-Hwa Tan

Adjunct Faculty

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