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Our studios are designed to equip you with the focus and skills necessary to succeed as a professional, offering a performance-based, conservatory-level education. You'll receive specialized, one-on-one training tailored to your goals from an expert in your instrument or voice type.

In addition to lessons, all the members of a studio meet once a week for performance class, providing opportunities for students to perform for and receive feedback from their teacher and peers.

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What's a Studio?
In addition to receiving weekly one-on-one lessons, all the students in a particular area of study (i.e. violin, voice, oboe, etc.) meet for an hour of studio class every week. This is an opportunity for students to listen to and perform for their peers, while also receiving feedback from their applied music teacher.
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Bassoon Studio

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Bassoon students at Lamont study with internationally renowned bassoonist Martin Kuuskmann, who has performed on the world’s most prestigious stages and contributed to two Grammy-nominated albums. As a performer and educator, Kuuskmann constantly pushes the boundaries toward new artistic and technical possibilities. Our bassoon studio also takes full advantage of Lamont's diverse performance opportunities, participating in ensembles including symphony orchestra and opera, as well as chamber, world and contemporary groups.

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Cello Studio

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The Lamont School of Music’s cello studio provides a collaborative and encouraging environment in which you'll have the opportunity to push your artistic and intellectual boundaries.

As a cellist at Lamont, you'll study with Professor Matthew Zalkind and benefit from the pedagogical expertise of Professor Heather Hadley. Zalkind has won top honors in multiple international competitions, including the International Tchaikovsky Competition in Moscow. A former member of the Harlem String Quartet, Zalkind maintains a career as an international soloist. His robust experience allows him to help his students work toward technical mastery while they nurture their artistic passion.

Hadley is a teacher trainer with the Suzuki Association of the Americas, has been published in the American Suzuki Journal, featured in SAA videos for parents and has served on the board of the Suzuki Association of Colorado.

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Clarinet Studio

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Clarinet students have countless performance opportunities in ensembles like symphony orchestra and opera, as well as chamber, world  and contemporary groups. They study with award-winning artist Jeremy Reynolds, DMA, who has performed as a soloist and chamber musician on six continents, and made his Carnegie Hall debut in 2015.

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Composition Studio

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With so many opportunities for performance at Lamont, every composition has an opportunity to have their work performed publicly on a regular basis. The Lamont Symphony Orchestra and the student group Modern Hue Ensemble regularly rehearse and record student works. Additionally, we present new pieces by our composition students on the quarterly Lamont Composers Concert Series.

Award-winning composer Leanna Kirchoff brings decades of experience to the composition studio. Her music has been performed at Carnegie Hall and included in the Ernest Bloch and 9th New London Wind Festivals. William Hill's works have been performed by the Colorado, Grand Rapids, and Cheyenne Symphonies and at the Colorado Music Festival. He's also Principal Timpanist with the Colorado Symphony and Music Director of the Evergreen Chamber Orchestra. Chappell Kingsland's works have won first-place awards from the Percussive Arts Society, the Jacobs School of Music and the International Tuba-Euphonium Association. His music draws equal inspiration from the European/American tradition and from diverse musical sources ranging from Balinese gamelan and Japanese koto to Bulgarian dance and West African kora.

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Conducting Studio

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In the conducting studio at the Lamont School of Music, students explore the complexities of conducting Western art music with the help of student-led ensembles and our world-class music faculty. Delving into choral, orchestral, and wind ensemble styles, students gain practical experience leading performers while learning to manage the non-musical responsibilities common to conducting roles. No matter which degree program you choose, you will receive a great deal of podium time with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra, Lamont Wind Ensemble, or one of our choirs.

Lamont's orchestral conducting program is led by Lawrence Golan, who currently serves as music director of the Yakima Symphony Orchestra, Denver Philharmonic, and York Symphony Orchestra. Dr. Joseph Martin, whose performance experience in brass instruments ranges from Denver Brass to the Aries Brass Quartet and beyond, directs wind ensemble studies. Catherine Sailer chairs the choral conducting program, bringing years of experience and accolades as a conductor with the Colorado Ballet Orchestra and other prestigious ensembles.

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Double Bass Studio

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Our double bass studio emphasizes rigorous practice, frequent performance opportunities, and the study of both standard and modern repertoire. As a result, students are prepared to thrive in a variety of professional contexts. As a bassist at Lamont, you will study with Colorado Symphony bassist Susan Cahill. Along with a robust performance career, Professor Cahill brings an innovative teaching style.

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Flute Studio

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Join a focused, collaborative and encouraging flute studio whose instructors can help you apply your talent with intention and poise. Lamont flutists study with one of the most sought-after orchestral flute and piccolo players in the country, Professor Julie Duncan Thornton. Thornton currently performs with the Colorado Symphony Orchestra and has previously performed with the New York Philharmonic, the Saint Louis Symphony, the Oregon Symphony, the Minnesota Orchestra and the Houston Symphony.

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Guitar Studio

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Lamont’s guitar studio is invested in developing well-rounded musicians in a rigorous, encouraging environment.

Guitarists at Lamont study with award-winning artists, Jonathan Leathwood and Laura Husbands. Professor Leathwood is one of the few guitarists to perform on six-string and ten-string guitars, mixing modern and traditional works in his innovative programs. He is also a certificated teacher of the Alexander Technique. Professor Husbands has won top prizes in 11 international competitions and has quickly become a sought-after performer and teacher.

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Harp Studio

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Lamont harpists study with Ann Marie Liss, the youngest harpist to be awarded the prestigious Diplôme Supérieure de Concertiste (DMA) from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She was also a featured musician on the runways of Paris Fashion Week and at the World Harp Congress. Our harp studio also takes full advantage of Lamont's many performance opportunities, participating in symphony orchestra and opera, as well as chamber, world, and contemporary groups.

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Horn Studio

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Horn players at Lamont study with some of the most prominent performers, conductors, educators and scholars, including a brass faculty with over six decades of combined experience.

The horn studio also takes full advantage of the multi-genre ensembles housed in the state-of-the-art Newman Center for the Performing Arts. Whether it’s a brass quintet, orchestra, wind ensemble, opera orchestra or a student-led group, our horn players never complain of not performing enough.

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Jazz Studio

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With our world-class faculty, award-winning student ensembles, and state-of-the-art facilities, you’ll find everything you need here at Lamont to prepare you for a career in jazz. Our faculty is made up of dedicated artist-teachers who will help you develop a strong jazz vocabulary and entrepreneurial spirit while you learn the basics of performing, writing and arranging.

As a jazz major you’ll participate in at least two ensembles every quarter, including the Lamont Jazz Orchestra and Small Groups. We limit enrollment to 300 students, so you’ll enjoy small class sizes with plenty of personal attention. You’ll also learn from the amazing guest artists we bring in for master classes and performances; recent guests have included Pat Metheny, Maria Schneider and Branford Marsalis.

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Keyboard Studio

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Keyboard students at the Lamont School of Music have the opportunity to study piano, organ or carillon. Lamont is an "All-Steinway School," possessing 85 acoustic pianos from the Steinway Piano Company. A freestanding 56-rank, 3,000-pipe Schuke Orgelbau Berlin organ is the centerpiece of Hamilton Recital Hall. The Williams Carillon, housed in a stunning gold tower on the north end of campus, is a favorite University of Denver landmark.

Piano students will study with award-winning artist-teachers, Stephanie Cheng, Heidi Brende-Leathwood and/or Steven Mayer. Students enrolled in piano pedagogy will study with Chee-Hwa Tan, a distinguished pianist, educator, clinician and composer. Joseph Galema leads organ studies at Lamont, and Carol Jickling-Lens is our University Carillonneur.

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Music Theory

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The music theory department at the Lamont School of Music combines robust study of music's foundational principles with broad education in the language of music, including coursework in counterpoint, Schenkerian analysis, set theory, serialism, contour theory, neo-Riemannian techniques, and more.

Students reap the benefits of instruction from Lamont's top-tier music faculty, including Kristin Taavola, PhD, Chair of Music Theory. Taavola's writing and research on Eastern music styles has been widely published and reviewed, and she has taught at several undergraduate and graduate music programs across the country. 

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Musicology & Ethnomusicology

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The musicology program at Lamont offers students the opportunity to explore historical, social and analytical perspectives on global music. Students take courses on a broad range of topics and, with the support of faculty mentorship, write a thesis that contributes to the field on a topic of their choosing. Musicology and ethnomusicology students serve as graduate teaching assistants for our undergraduate survey courses. Along with providing a scholarship and stipend, graduate teaching assistant positions allow degree candidates to immediately gain teaching experience.

The musicology department is chaired by Dr. Sarah Morelli, whose specialties lie in the musical and related cultural elements of North India. She leads the DU North Indian Classical Ensemble, and has studied among India's most noted musical scholars. She performs kathak nationally and internationally as a solo artist and member of the Leela Dance Collective.

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Oboe Studio

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Our oboe studio is proud to offer dedicated support and robust performance opportunities across multi-genre ensembles, including orchestra, wind ensemble, chamber groups and the Modern Music ensemble. Students receive individualized feedback in both the instrument-specific studio class and combined woodwind performance class each quarter. Oboe students at Lamont study with award-winning artists Ian Wisekal and Sarah Mellander Bierhaus. Professor Wisekal is Principal Oboe of both the Greeley Philharmonic Orchestra and Crested Butte Music Festival and previously held the position of Associate Principal Oboe with the Puerto Rico Symphony Orchestra. Professor Bierhaus is Principal Oboe of the Boulder Philharmonic and is a member of the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Colorado-based Antero Winds.

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Percussion Studio

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The percussion studio at Lamont is full of dedicated musicians who work hard and love what they do, all the while preparing for professional careers in music. Percussion students study with John Kinzie, the principal percussionist of the Colorado Symphony. Professor Kinzie started his orchestral career when he won the principal percussionist position with the Toledo Symphony Orchestra at 19 years old.

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Saxophone Studio

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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 stylistic and genre traditions. Graduates of our saxophone studio leave DU 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 he plays lead alto in the H2 Big Band, tenor sax in the Adam Bartczak Republic, flutes in the Wil Swindler Elevenet and EWI in Phröntrange. In the classical genre, Bouton regularly performs with the Colorado Symphony, Colorado Ballet, Opera Colorado, the Colorado Springs Philharmonic and the Colorado Music Festival Orchestra, and he is a member of the orchestra at the Denver Center for the Performing Arts.

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Trombone & Euphonium Studio

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The trombone and euphonium studio at Lamont is known for meeting high expectations of musical excellence within an encouraging and collegial environment. Trombone and euphonium students study with Professor Scott Bean, a seasoned performer and highly sought-after interpreter of new music. National and international performances include touring with the New Sousa Band for more than 14 years.

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Trumpet Studio

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Our trumpet studio takes full advantage of Lamont's multi-genre curriculum and performance opportunities. From orchestra to opera to jazz bands, our trumpet players never lack performance opportunities.

Trumpet players study with award-winning faculty with over four decades of combined teaching experience. Professor Alan Hood toured the world with the Phil Collins Big Band, appearing at New York City's prestigious Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall. He's been featured on well over fifty jazz, commercial and classical recordings with the orchestras of Woody Herman, Glenn Miller and Harry James. Hood also shared the stage with Ray Charles, Doc Severinsen, Arturo Sandoval, Wynton Marsalis and Natalie Cole, to name a few.

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Tuba Studio

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The tuba studio at Lamont is highly selective, providing students with an abundance of individual attention, rigorous training and performance opportunities.

Tubists at Lamont study with celebrated performers and pedagogues Kathy Brantigan and Warren Deck. Professor Brantigan has performed internationally as a soloist and is a founding member of the Denver Brass. Professor Deck was the principal tubist for the New York Philharmonic from 1979–2001 and has recorded with the Canadian Brass on Sony Classical and Philips labels as well as for EMI Angel Records.

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Viola Studio

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Viola students at Lamont are part of a tight-knit and encouraging studio dedicated to the pursuit of musical excellence. They study with the principal violist of the Colorado Symphony, Professor Basil Vendryes. Previously, Professor Vendryes was a member of the San Francisco Symphony, the Rochester Philharmonic and the New York Philharmonic. He also performed as a soloist across the country and globe and recorded for Columbia, Phillips, Decca, RCA and Nonesuch as well as chamber music for the Ariel Music, Cadenza Music, Centaur, CRI and Naxos labels.

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Violin Studio

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As part of Lamont’s violin studio, you will benefit from countless avenues to explore and develop your skills. Our diverse ensembles include symphony orchestra and opera, as well as chamber, world and contemporary groups. Violinists at Lamont study with international performers Linda Wang, Igor Pikayzen and Yumi Hwang-Williams and benefit from the pedagogical expertise of Kathleen Spring.

Since her debut with Zubin Mehta and the New York Philharmonic at the age of nine, Professor Wang has performed concerti with more than 70 ensembles and maintains a worldwide presence as a performer and educator. Professor Pikayzen performed his concerto debut at the age of eight with the Moscow Philharmonic Orchestra and has since appeared as a soloist with major orchestras spanning Europe, Asia, and North and South America. Professor Hwang-Williams is the concertmaster of the Colorado Symphony and has performed as a soloist and chamber musician across the globe. Professor Kathleen Spring has been an active violin teacher for over 35 years. As a registered Teacher Trainer for the Suzuki Association of the Americas, she teaches both students and adults.

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Voice Studio

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Lamont’s voice studio prepares students to thrive in a professional environment while nurturing their creative instincts. You’ll rehearse and perform in the state-of-the-art Newman Center for Performing Arts, where our voice students explore opera, musical theatre, choir and jazz.

Vocalists at Lamont study with esteemed faculty members, Sara Bardill, Catherine Kasch, Judith Christin and Matthew Plenk, who have over five decades of combined experience in performance and teaching. Students also get to work on their foreign language diction with Beth Nielsen, who is equally versed in opera, art song, chamber music and musical theater.