Lamont trombone and euphonium students at Lamont study with Richard Harris, who has an eclectic career as a soloist, chamber musician and educator. He is the former Assistant Principal Trombone of the Cincinnati Symphony Orchestra and has been a guest with many of the U.S.'s top symphony orchestras, including the Boston Symphony and the Metropolitan Opera. He has appeared on Grammy award winning albums and Oscar winning movie soundtracks. In addition to being on faculty at DU, he teaches at the Raphael Mendez Brass Institute, the Idyllwild Summer Academy and hosts his own low brass seminar "RichardTromboneCamp!" during the summers in Santa Fe, New Mexico.

The Lamont trombone studio regularly welcomes esteemed musicians for masterclasses. Recent guests include:

  • Toby Oft, Principal Trombone of the Boston Symphony
  • Dr. Brad Edwards, Arizona State University
  • Scott Hartman, Yale University
  • M.D. Stewart, Indiana University (retired)
  • Chris Houlding, Hochshule Dusiburg, Essen
  • Ilan Morgenstern, Vancouver Symphony
  • Demian Austin, Principal Trombone, Metropolitan Opera

The inaugural Low Brass Weekend saw Joe Alessi, Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic, in residency for a week. He presented four masterclasses, four solo performances, a talk with Warren Deck and private lessons.

Auditions

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

Click here for the full steps for how to apply. Applications received after January 15, 2022 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Live Audition

Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition on the Lamont application. The 2022 audition dates are January 29, February 5, and February 12. All auditions are approximately 20 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.

Given the fluid nature of in-person events at this time, we recommend that you have a video recording of your audition repertoire on hand, in the event that we need to cancel in-person auditions. 

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.  Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for the Zoom interview on the Lamont application, choosing from January 29, February 5, and February 12.

The interview will last about 20 minutes. It will include a performance of part of one of your prepared audition pieces, a short sight-reading exercise, and a Q&A with the faculty.

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM, BA and Minor)

Trombone

  • Ferdinand David: Concertino Op. 4; Rehearsal A to 25th measure of Rehearsal C
  • Stjepan Sulek: Sonata Vox Gabrieli; Beginning to 22nd measure of Rehearsal A
  • Bordgoni/Rochut No. 19 in D-flat
    • As written
    • Transposed down one octave
  • Orchestral excerpts
    •  W.A. Mozart: Tuba Mirum from Requiem (2nd trombone) mm. 1-18
    • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra
    • Saint-Saens: Symphony No. 3

Bass Trombone

  • A. Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement; Beginning to 7 measures before the cadenza
  • J.S. Bach: Sarabande from the 5th Cello Suite
  • Blazhevich Studies for Tuba, Vol 1. No. 7 in F Major
  • Bordgoni/Rochut No. 27 in E Major Transposed down one octave
  • Orchestral Excerpts
    • Joseph Haydn: Creation, No. 26
    • Robert Schumann: Symphony No. 3, Mvt. 4
    • R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel; Rehearsal 36 to 16th measure of Rehearsal 37

Euphonium

  • A melodious etude 
  • A study to demonstrate technical facility
  • Any solo of your choice
View jazz requirements

Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

Trombone

  • Ferdinand David: Concertino Op. 4, complete 1st movement including cadenza
  • Launy Grondahl: Concerto, 2nd movement complete
  • Bordgoni/Rochut No. 19 in D-flat
    • As written
    • Transposed down one octave
    • Transposed up a fifth (In tenor clef)
  • Orchestral Excerpts
    • W. A. Mozart: Tuba Mirum from Requiem (2nd trombone) mm. 1-18
    • Rossini: La Gazza Ladra
    • Saint-Saens: Symphony No.3
    • Maurice Ravel: Bolero (1st trombone solo)
    • Gustav Mahler: Symphony No. 3, Mvt. 1 (1st trombone solos)

Bass Trombone

  • A. Lebedev: Concerto in One Movement
  • E. Bozza: New Orleans
  • J.S. Bach: Sarabande from the 5th Cello Suite
  • Bass trombone studies:
    • Blazhevich Studies for Tuba, Vol 1. No. 16 in E Minor
    • Bordgoni/Rochut No. 27 in E Major, transposed down one octave
    • Bordgoni/Rochut No. 34 in E Minor, in tenor clef down 2 octaves (B minor)
  • Orchestral excerpts:
    • Joseph Haydn: Creation No. 26
    • Robert Schumann Symphony No. 3, Mvt. 4
    • R. Strauss: Till Eulenspiegel, Rehearsal 36 to 16th measure of Rehearsal 37
    • C. Franck: Symphony in D Minor, Mvt. 3 Rehearsal N
    • R. Wagner: Ride of the Valkyries, B major Section

Euphonium

  • A melodious etude 
  • A study to demonstrate technical facility
  • Two major solos from the repertoire
  • 4 or 5 standard military band excerpts

Review requirements for Artist Diploma
Review requirements for Certificate in Orchestral Studies

View jazz requirements

Faculty

 
Richard Harris

Richard Paul Harris

Assistant Professor

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  • Alessi Harris Deck

    Joe Alessi (Principal Trombone of the New York Philharmonic), Richard Harris, and Warren Deck.

  • Harris Alessi Wiest

    Richard Harris, Joe Alessi, and Steve Wiest.

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