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.

Auditions

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring recorded video auditions from all applicants as well as a live Zoom component.

  • Recorded Video Audition

    Video recordings should be unedited, i.e. do not make cuts or edits in the middle of pieces. It is fine to record pieces separately. Use the best recording equipment you have on hand. Faculty will evaluate you on the quality of your performance and not on the audio/video quality. 

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

    This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

  • Live Zoom Interview and Performance

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for a live Zoom interview on the Lamont application. The interview will include a Q&A and a brief live performance of one of the prepared audition pieces.

    The 2021 interview/performance dates are January 30, February 6, and February 13. 

Undergraduate 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 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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Kathleen Spring holding a violin

Kathleen Spring

Adjunct Faculty

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