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 Kathleen 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.


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.

Live Audition

All auditions are approximately 15 minutes in length.

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)

  • 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

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


Kathleen Brantigan holding a tuba

Kathleen A. Brantigan

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Warren Deck holding a tuba

Warren Deck

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