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.

  • Live Audition

    Applicants will prioritize top two (2) audition dates for a live audition in Denver on the Lamont application. All auditions are approximately 20 minutes in length. 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 prefer to have applicants audition on campus, those unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit an unedited 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 (BA, BM, minor)

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

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

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


Art Bouton with saxophone

Art Bouton


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