Vocalists at Lamont study with Catherine KaschMatthew Plenk, and Heidi Melton, who have over five decades of combined experience in performance and teaching. Sahar Nouri is music director for Lamont Opera Theatre. Students also get to work on their foreign language diction with Beth Nielsen, who is equally versed in opera, art song, chamber music and musical theater.

In Fall 2021, dramatic soprano Heidi Melton joins the Lamont voice faculty. See below for more. 

Lamont regularly welcomes distinguished guest artists for masterclasses and recitals. Recent guests have included Christine Brewer, Michelle DeYoung, Ailyn Pérez, Greg Carpenter, and Stefano de Peppo. 

As part of Lamont Opera Theatre, students gain first-hand experience in all aspects of a professional career by performing in our annual fully staged operas and musicals. Undergraduates hold a majority in the voice program, and are frequently cast in major roles in productions. Voice students will also sing in our choirs, and have the opportunity to explore jazz. They rehearse and perform in the state-of-the-art Newman Center for the Performing Arts. 


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.

Audition Repertoire Requirements

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  • Two (2) pieces, with at least one of them classical in nature, preferably of contrasting character, exhibiting your skill, technique and understanding of musical phrasing and expression.
  • Technical skills and sight reading tests may be requested at a live audition.

Undergraduate (Minor)

  • One piece exhibiting your skill, technique, and understanding of musical phrasing and expression.
  • Technical skills and sight reading tests may be requested at a live audition.
Review Requirements for Jazz Voice

Graduate (MM and Certificate in Performance)

Perform all compositions from memory:

  • Five (5) classical voice selections, including at least one operatic aria and at least three (3) art songs. In addition to English, at least three (3) languages, such as Italian, French, German or Spanish, must be represented.
  • Technical skills and sight reading tests may be requested at a live audition.

Review Requirements for Artist Diploma

Review Requirements for Jazz Voice


Catherine Kasch

Catherine L. Kasch

Teaching Associate Professor

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Matthew Plenk

Matthew A Plenk

Associate Professor with Tenure

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Heidi C. Melton

Assistant Professor

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Beth Nielsen

Beth A Nielsen

Adjunct Faculty

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Sahar Nouri

Sahar Nouri

Assistant Professor

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Dramatic Soprano Heidi Melton Joins Lamont

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Dramatic soprano Heidi Melton has been called “the Wagnerian voice we have been waiting for since Flagstad and Nilsson” (La Presse), with a voice that is “big, gleaming and tonally resplendent” (San Francisco Chronicle). Ms. Melton has performed across the globe with major symphony orchestras that include the New York Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, Berlin Philharmonic, London Symphony Orchestra, Dallas Symphony Orchestra, Baltimore Symphony Orchestra, Hong Kong Philharmonic, and the Concertgebouw Orchestra under such conductors as Zubin Meta, Marin Alsop, and Sir Simon Rattle. She has enjoyed engagements at the Metropolitan Opera, San Francisco Opera, Bayreuth Festival, Oper Frankfurt, Badisches Staatstheater, Deutsche Oper Berlin, and the Canadian Opera Company. She also is featured on recordings from Deutsche Grammophon, Naxos, and Musicales Actes. Read more.

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    Catherine Kasch teaches a voice lesson to MM student Jenny Thompson.

  • Sahar Nouri

    Opera music director, Sahar Nouri.

  • Opera

    Lamont Opera Theatre.

  • Fledermaus

    Lamont Opera Theatre's production of "Die Fledermaus." 

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