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

Applicants may choose to either audition in person in Denver OR submit a recorded video audition and complete a Zoom interview. 

Click here for the full steps for how to apply. Applications received after January 15, 2022 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Live Audition

Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition on the Lamont application. The 2022 audition dates are January 29, February 5, and February 12. 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.

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.  Applicants will preference their top two (2) dates for the Zoom interview on the Lamont application, choosing from January 29, February 5, and February 12.

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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Yumi Hwang Williams holding a violin

Yumi Hwang-Williams

Adjunct Faculty

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Kathleen Spring holding a violin

Kathleen M. Spring

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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