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. 

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

Lamont Admission
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Audition & Application Information

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are requiring recorded video auditions from all applicants as well as a live Zoom interview. This live component will vary by studio, and range from a brief Q&A to some level of live virtual audition. 
The deadline for fall admission is January 15.

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

The 2021 Zoom Interview Days are: 

  • January 30
  • February 6
  • February 13

If you're unable to interview on those days, please contact our 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 only considered for admission during Regular Decision. New students normally may not enroll mid-year. All application materials are due by January 15.

    1. Apply to the University of Denver via either the Pioneer Application or the Common Application, selecting one of the "Music" majors. Transfer students can use the Common App or this link for the Pioneer App.
    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 your preferred date for a Zoom interview. 
    4. Upload the remainder of your music requirements (audition video, composition portfolio, recording & production portfolio) 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 Zoom interview and check off your portfolio materials. You will receive another email with additional details for your interview, including exact time and Zoom link, approximately two weeks prior. 


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

  • 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. The priority deadline for fall admission is January 15

    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 a Zoom interview, you will indicate your preferred date. 
    3. Upload your audition video and any other audio or video materials in the "Digital Portfolio" tab. 
    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 Zoom interview (if required) and check off your portfolio materials. You will receive another email with additional details for your interview, including exact time and Zoom link, approximately two weeks prior. 
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Admission Events

Come meet us!

This year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have replaced our in-person events with a host of virtual offerings. Explore these options, which include webinars, one-on-one meetings with staff or students, and a masterclass series. 

For a full list of our virtual events please visit click here

  • Meet with a Lamont Student

    Tommy Dainko is a percussion major in his third year at DU. Since his freshman year, he has also served as a student worker in the Lamont Admission Office. He knows Lamont inside and out and is a great resource if you want to know what it’s like to be student here. He’s available to meet with you one-on-one; email musicadmission@du.edu to set up a Zoom meeting.

    Sam Gucwa is a first year Jazz Studies major at Lamont. She has played in multiple jazz ensembles within the program and knows the ins and outs of theory classes, (COVID-safe!) jam sessions, and Denver’s jazz scene. Sam would love to answer your questions about jazz at Lamont! Email musicadmission@du.edu to set up a Zoom meeting with her.

All Events

Our Admissions Team

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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:

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Our Viewbook

Please click here for a fullscreen, flippable version of our Viewbook. 

Musicians and scholars come to Lamont to prepare for careers in performance, conducting, composition, recording and production, research, and teaching. With enrollment capped at 300, we are big enough to have a symphony orchestra, jazz orchestra, opera, and many other multi-genre ensembles, but small enough that our students receive an abundance of individual attention and performing opportunities.

As part of the University of Denver, Lamont students attend a world-class private research university with all the resources and benefits of a liberal arts education, including a robust study abroad program. The city of Denver, whose vibrant downtown is just a short light-rail ride away, is one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States and is home to a thriving music scene.

Read more about why Lamont may be the perfect fit for you in our Viewbook, now in the form of an easy-to-read, online flipbook!