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.

  • 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 and BA)

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

Undergraduate (Minor)

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

Graduate (MM in performance)

Applicants are required to present all concerti, unaccompanied works and virtuoso concert pieces from memory.

  • Major and minor scales 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

Graduate (MM in Suzuki Pedagogy)

  • Major and minor scales with arpeggios (three octaves)
  • First movement of a concerto, minimum difficulty level of the Barber Concerto, with cadenza
  • One movement of an unaccompanied Bach Sonata or Partita
  • One etude of your choice, minimum difficulty level of the Rode 24 Caprices 

Graduate (Certificate in Performance)

  • Major and minor scales 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

Graduate (Certificate in Suzuki Pedagogy)

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 visit http://suzukiassociation.org/teachers/guides/audition.

The Lamont audition requirements are: 

  • 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

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Faculty

 
Linda Wang playing the violin

Linda Wang

Professor

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Yumi Hwang Williams holding a violin

Yumi Hwang-Williams

Adjunct Faculty

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Kathleen Spring holding a violin

Kathleen Spring

Adjunct Faculty

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Igor Pikayzen with violin

Igor Pikayzen

Assistant Professor

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