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.
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.
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 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)
- All major scales, two octaves when possible
- Pick one from the following selections:
- One of the 14 Arban Characteristic studies
- One major solo work for trumpet
- One Brandt, Bosquet or Charlier etude
- Joseph Haydn, Concerto for Trumpet, second movement
Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)
- All major and minor scales, two octaves when applicable
- One Charlier etude
- Student's choice of a major solo work for the trumpet
- Two contrasting excerpts from the orchestral literature