The saxophone is one of the most versatile instruments in the history of Western music, and students at Lamont have the opportunity to explore a wealth of styles and traditions. Graduates of our saxophone studio leave with the skills, repertoire and historical understanding necessary to work at a professional level.

Lamont's saxophone studio is led by Arthur Bouton, a first-call saxophone and woodwind performer known throughout the United States. He has extensive performance experience on all saxophones, flutes, clarinets and bassoon, as well as the Akai Electronic Wind Instrument (EWI). Bouton is founder and Director of the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra and regularly performs with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet and Opera Colorado.


Applicants may choose to either audition in person in Denver OR submit a recorded video audition and complete a Zoom interview.

Applications received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. You may indicate your preference for a live or virtual audition on the Lamont application.

Click here to view the current year’s audition/interview dates and the full steps for how to apply.

Live Audition

All auditions are approximately 15 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. 

The 10-minute interview will consist of a Q&A only. You will not be asked to perform.

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BA, BM, minor)

  • All major and minor scales
  • Two (2) Ferling etudes
  • One (1) solo work of the student's choice
View Jazz Requirements

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

Student's choice of any two (2) major solo works for the saxophone

Review requirements for Artist Diploma

View Jazz Requirements


Art Bouton with saxophone

Arthur Edward Bouton


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    Art Bouton performing with the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

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    Art Bouton leading the Colorado Jazz Repertory Orchestra.

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    Lamont saxophone students in rehearsal.

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    Lamont saxophone students in performance.


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