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.

Recent master class guests have included Gil Shaham, Midori and Andres Cardenes.

Auditions

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. 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 10-minute interview will consist of a Q&A and a brief live performance of one of the prepared audition pieces.

Undergraduate Audition Repertoire Requirements

BM and BA

  • One major and one minor scale of your choice with arpeggios (three octaves)
  • One movement of a standard concerto, minimum difficulty level of Bruch Violin Concerto (memorization required)
  • One movement of an unaccompanied Bach Violin Sonata or Partita (memorization required)
  • One etude of your choice, minimum difficulty of Kreutzer, 42 Studies

Minor

  • Two contrasting works that best demonstrate your technical and musical abilities

Graduate Audition Repertoire Requirements

MM in Performance

  • One major and one minor scale of your choice with arpeggios (three octaves)
  • Two movements of a major Romantic or contemporary concerto
  • Two movements (slow and fast) of an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita
  • A composition of your choice

Certificate in Performance

  • One major and one minor scale of your choice with arpeggios (three octaves)
  • One movement of a major Romantic or Contemporary concerto
  • One movement of an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita
  • A composition of your choice

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

    MM in Suzuki Pedagogy

    • One major and one minor scale of your choice with arpeggios (three octaves)
    • Two movements of a concerto, minimum difficulty level of the Barber Concerto, with cadenza
    • Two movements (slow and fast) of an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita
    • One etude of your choice, minimum difficulty level of the Rode 24 Caprices 

    Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy

    • Level 1: Two contrasting pieces of your choice, minimum difficulty level of Seitz's Concerto No. 5, 1st movement or Vivaldi's Concerto in A minor, 3rd movement
    • Level 2: Two contrasting pieces of your choice, minimum difficulty level of Mozart's Concerto No. 4 or 5, 1st movement with cadenza

    Students are required to receive acceptance for teaching training through the Suzuki Association of the Americas. The Suzuki Association is responsible for all Suzuki teacher training that takes place in the Americas and approves and supports the University of Denver Lamont School of Music as a university long-term training center for Suzuki Method Violin and Cello. A video of your performance must be sent into the Suzuki Association. For audition guidelines, please click here.

    Faculty

     
    Linda Wang playing the violin

    Linda Wang

    Professor

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    Igor Pikayzen with violin

    Igor Pikayzen

    Assistant Professor

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    Laura Schleiger

    Laura Anderson Schleiger

    Adjunct Faculty

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    • Jordan Curry

      Lamont student Jordan Curry.

    • Violin student

      A Lamont violin student during her lesson.

    • LSO violins

      Lamont violins perform with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra.

    • Linda Wang

      Linda Wang.

    • Igor Pikayzen.

      Igor Pikayzen.

    • Yumi Hwang-Williams

      Yumi Hwang-Williams.

    • Kathleen Spring

      Kathleen Spring.

    • Pikayzen at home

      Prof. Pikayzen teaching a Zoom lesson during the pandemic. 

    • string quartet

      A Lamont string quartet performs during the annual Honors concert.

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