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.

  • Live Audition

    Applicants will preference their 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 their 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 (BM, BA and Minor)

  • Kopprasch, "Sixty Selected Studies," #11
  • Bordogni, "Melodious Etudes" #1 (in the Robert King Edition) OR #4 in the Rochut Trombone book, down 1 octave
  • Two octave F major scale & two octave B flat major scale
  • Halsey Stevens, Sonatina, 1st movement; Gregson, Concerto, 1st movement; or something of comparable difficulty

Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

  • Kopprasch, "Sixty Selected Studies," #11
  • Bordogni, "Melodious Etudes" #1 (in the Robert King Edition) as written and down 1 octave OR #4 in the Rochut Trombone book, down 1 and 2 octaves
  • 3 octave F major scale
  • Vaughn Williams, Concerto, 2nd movement
  • Contrasting solo of your choice
  • Two contrasting orchestral excerpts

Artist Diploma: Review requirements


Kathleen Brantigan holding a tuba

Kathleen Brantigan

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Warren Deck holding a tuba

Warren Deck

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