Admission & Aid

Choosing a music program that will prepare you for your professional career is one of the most important decisions you will make. At the Lamont School of Music, you will progress through a conservatory-level education within the outstanding liberal arts environment of the University of Denver. With the guidance of our distinguished faculty of artist-teachers, you'll gain the skills and know-how necessary to thrive as a musician. 

  • Transfer of AP/IB Credit

    AP Score

    5

    4

    3

    Student does not pass departmental exam

    8 MUAC elective credits

    8 MUAC elective credits

    No credit

    Student passes only Fall Theory and/or Aural Skills exemption exam

    2-4 Credits towards Fall Theory I or Aural Skills I; remaining 4-6 credits towards MUAC Electives

    Student placed in Winter Theory I/Aural Skills I

    2-4 Credits towards Fall Theory I or Aural Skills I; remaining 4-6 credits towards MUAC Electives.

    Student placed in Winter Theory I/Aural Skills I

     

    Student passes Fall and Winter Theory and/or Aural Skills exams

    6-8 Credits towards Fall Theory I and Aural Skills, student placed in Spring Theory I/Aural Skills I

    6-8 Credits towards Fall Theory I and Aural Skills, student placed in Spring Theory I/Aural Skills I

     

     

    IB Score

    7

    6

    5

    4

    Student does not pass departmental exam

    8 MUAC elective credits

    8 MUAC elective credits

    4 MUAC elective credits

    No credit

    Student passes only Fall Theory and/or Aural Skills exemption exam

    2-4 Credits towards Fall Theory I or Aural Skills I; remaining 4-6 credits towards MUAC Electives

    Student placed in Winter Theory I/Aural Skills I

    2-4 Credits towards Fall Theory I or Aural Skills I; remaining 4-6 credits towards MUAC Electives.

    Student placed in Winter Theory I/Aural Skills I

    2-4 Credits towards Fall Theory I or Aural Skills I; Student is placed in Winter course

     

    Student passes Fall and Winter Theory and/or Aural Skills exams

    6-8 Credits towards Fall Theory I and Aural Skills, student placed in Spring Theory I/Aural Skills I

    6-8 Credits towards Fall Theory I and Aural Skills, student placed in Spring Theory I/Aural Skills I

     

     

  • Meet with a Staff Member

    If you would like to schedule a one-on-one meeting with a Lamont Admission staff member, please email us at musicadmission@du.edu. We'd love to get to know more about you, and can answer any questions you have about the admission process, auditioning, financial aid, and more. 

  • Meet with a Current Student

    Our dedicated team of Lamont Student Ambassadors are here to assist you! Each is a current music major at Lamont, and can speak in depth about what it's like to be a student here. They represent a range of musical areas and programs, and will provide that insider's look that only a student can share. If you'd like to set up a meeting with one of them, please email musicadmission@du.edu and we'll connect you. 

    Also, don't miss out on scheduling a tour of our facilities with an Ambassador. 

"Join us as we show you around the practice, rehearsal, classroom and performance spaces that make up the Newman Center for the Performing Arts."

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Audition & Application Information

Applicants may choose to either audition in person in Denver OR submit a recorded video audition. 

The 2025 Regular Decision* in-person audition dates are:

  • Saturday, January 25
  • Saturday, February 1

Applicants may also schedule an ad hoc audition or interview on an alternate date. 

Please find your audition, interview, and/or portfolio requirements on the Lamont Studios page, and view the admission steps below. 

It is our policy that a student may audition a maximum of three times.

Questions? Contact the Lamont Admission office at 303-871-6973 or email musicadmission@du.edu.

  • Undergraduate Admission Steps

    Applicants must successfully complete an audition or have portfolio materials reviewed before being offered admission to the Lamont School of Music. First-year music applicants are considered for admission during the Early Action, Early Decision, and Regular Decision timelines, and new students normally may not enroll mid-year. 

    1. Apply to the University of Denver via the Common Application, selecting one of the "Music" majors.
    2. Within 1-2 business days, you will receive an email from DU inviting you to log into your application status page, using the provided PIN to establish your account. 
    3. Fill out the Lamont School of Music application, found under the Application Checklist. Here you will provide more information about yourself from a musical perspective, upload your music résumé and rep list, and indicate whether you intend to audition in person or by submitting a recorded video audition. 
    4. Upload the remainder of your music requirements (composition portfolio, recording & production portfolio, recorded video audition if you're not auditioning live) in the Portfolio section of your application status page by clicking "Edit Portfolio." 
    5. Within 2-3 business days, Lamont Admission will send you an email confirmation of your scheduled audition and check off your portfolio materials.

    Admission decisions for Regular Decision are typically released in late February or early March with scholarship information following in mid-March. 

    Check out this YouTube playlist of application how-to's. 

  • *Early Decision/Early Action

    Undergraduate applicants who would like to apply during the Early Decision/Early Action admission timeline are encouraged to do so. All early auditions must be completed in the fall. If an early applicant is not prepared for their audition at that time, they may request to be moved to Regular Decision application timeline and audition in the winter. This will not negatively impact their admission decision and possible scholarship award, though in this case they will no longer be considered for early admission. 

    The 2025 Early Decision/Early Action audition date is Friday, November 8. Students unable to attend this in person audition may instead submit a recorded video audition. 

    Audition, interview, and portfolio requirements follow all Regular Decision guidelines. Please review requirements for your program on the Lamont Studios page. ED/EA auditions are scheduled as they are requested and as availability permits. 

    Admission decisions for Early Decision are typically released in early December. Admission decisions for Early Action are typically released in mid-December. 

    Questions? Contact the Lamont Admission office at 303-871-6973 or email musicadmission@du.edu.

  • Graduate Admission Steps

    Applicants must successfully complete an audition or have portfolio materials reviewed before being offered admission to the Lamont School of Music. Most programs require that students begin their studies in the fall quarter.

    1. Start an application to the University of Denver. 
    2. In the tab "Lamont School of Music," provide additional information about yourself from a musical perspective and upload an optional repertoire list. If your program requires an audition, you will select either your preferred in-person date or the recorded video audition option. 
    3. If you're not auditioning live, upload your recorded video audition in the "Digital Portfolio" tab. This is also where conductors should upload their pre-screen videos. If you are eligible and would like to apply for the Newman Fellowship, this is also where you would upload those required video materials. 
    4. Upload your personal statement and résumé on the "Supporting Materials" tab. This is also where composers should upload PDFs of scores.
    5. Supporting application materials (personal statement, audition videos, composition portfolio, transcripts, test scores, etc.) can be uploaded after you submit your application.
    6. After your application is submitted, you will be prompted to pay your application fee.
    7. Within 2-3 business days, Lamont Admission will send you an email confirmation of your live audition or Zoom interview (if required) and check off your portfolio materials. 

     

    Graduate admission and scholarship decisions are typically released in mid-March for a fall quarter start.

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Admission Events

Explore the many options for connecting with us, which include department days, college fairs, webinars, high school visits, and more.

For a full list of our events please visit click here

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Visit Us

We would love to welcome you in-person to the Lamont School of Music! 

Tours of the Newman Center for the Performing Arts are led by our Lamont Student Ambassadors, a dedicated team of current music majors. They are available by appointment only while class is in session, Monday through Friday at noon and 1:00 p.m. To request a date and time, please email musicadmission@du.edu. A Lamont tour and info session lasts approximately one hour.

We highly encourage you to sign up for a DU campus tour in tandem with your Lamont visit, in order to see everything that DU has to offer (and to get your parking covered). These tours and info sessions last about 2.5 hours and are available Monday through Friday at 9:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. 

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Financial Aid

Both merit- and need-based financial support options are available to Lamont students. This aid comes in the form of scholarships, grants, loans and graduate teaching assistantships. Learn more about the opportunities and how to apply:

Lamont Admission Staff

 
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Stephen Campbell

Director, Admission

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Andrew Ferdig

Enrollment Specialist

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Lamont Student Ambassadors

  • Hana Flood

    Hana Flood

    Hana is in her fourth year at the University of Denver, studying flute performance at Lamont. She's involved with the Pioneer Leadership Program and Sigma Alpha Iota. Hana studied abroad in Scotland at the University of Glasgow in 2022. She's skilled in video editing, and has produced many of the Lamont faculty feature videos. She lived in Okinawa, Japan for 13 years before moving to Colorado Springs, and is fluent in both English and Japanese.

  • Kevin Ostrowski

    Kevin Ostrowski

    Kevin is a second-year undergraduate student at the Lamont School of Music and is from Houston, Texas. He is currently pursuing a Bachelor of Music degree in Jazz Studies for saxophone. In addition, Kevin has studied piano for 8 years, and is interested in music production. Outside of music, he likes ultimate frisbee, hiking, meeting new people, and hanging out with friends.

  • Hayden Gibb

    Hayden Gibb

    Hayden is a first-year graduate student pursuing her master’s degree in Choral Conducting. A Colorado native born and raised in the mountain town of Buena Vista, Hayden graduated from Santa Clara University in California with her Bachelor of Music in 2021. Hayden has always been drawn to music, both acting in and music-directing musicals, participating in choral groups in and out of school, leading and arranging for her a cappella group, and volunteering with local school choirs. Outside of school and music, Hayden loves to read, watch movies, explore new restaurants, and spend time with her friends and family and her golden retriever, Humphrey.