Lamont Society

Please take your seat. Our concerts will begin shortly.

One of our happiest moments will happen when we invite audiences to return to the Robert & Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts to experience a live performance again. Our students and faculty artists have streamed outstanding performances, but there is nothing like the thrill of the final crescendo of a symphony or the emotion of a choral lyric as it’s performed right in front of you. Sharing this experience with fellow audience members is unforgettable.

Here’s to live performance, from the anticipation of the first lobby announcement to the final standing ovation. We can’t wait.

Support our students & bring audiences back!

Since 1983, the Lamont Society has provided financial support and promoted the mission, vision and activities within the community for the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music.

Your gifts support and sustain the excellence of our programs and the talent of our students, faculty and staff. Your donations and endowed funds account for more than 50 percent of our operating resources. This supports our ensembles, helps us purchase instruments, underwrites master classes and performances by guest artists, maintains scholarships, sends our ensembles on tour, and provides travel funds to students for summer festivals, competitions and auditions.

To celebrate your generosity, you are invited to attend four or five exclusive events during the academic year. These events range from faculty recitals to a day of classes and rehearsals, and Showcase Lamont.

We approach the coming year anticipating a return to public concerts and events. While many of you enjoyed our streamed events last year – thank you for joining us – we missed seeing you in Newman. We look forward eagerly to welcoming you back into our space this coming year as allowed by the university, city, and state.

Thank you again for your continued support of our students, faculty, and program. I am grateful for your being part of the Lamont community!

Keith Ward Director, Lamont School of Music
Keith Ward

Invitation-Only Donor Events

I’m thrilled to be able to welcome you when we return together to hear our students perform in person. As we come together again, let me add a request – if you can afford to, please give a little extra at this time to assist these talented performers in continuing to entertain and amaze us.

Thank you!

Phyllis Goodman President, Lamont Society
Phyllis Goodman
Students perform for donors at the Lamont Showcase.

Give to Lamont

Your gifts support and sustain the excellence of our programs and the talent of our students, faculty and staff. We appreciate your generous gift. 


Levels of Giving & Gift Designations

Donors at the following levels will be invited to exclusive donor appreciation events (recitals and Day at Lamont):

  • Prelude One (individual) $80+
  • Prelude Two (couple) $160+

Donors at these special levels will be invited to the "donor thank-you" events listed above, plus the Showcase Lamont Gala:

  • Overture One (individual) $125+
  • Overture Two (couple) $250+
  • Chorus $500+
  • Big Band $1,000+
  • Kathak $2,500+
  • Symphony $5,000+
  • Opera $10,000+
  • Encore $25,000+
  • Ovation $50,000+

You may also make a recurring donation either monthly, yearly or quarterly.

Give by Phone: Call Chris Wiger at 303.871.6499
Text to Give: Text LAMONT to 41444
Mail to:
Lamont Society
University of Denver Lamont School of Music
Newman Center for the Performing Arts
2344 East Iliff Ave.
Denver, CO 80208


The Lamont School of Music Fund allows your donation to be used where it is most needed.

The Joe Docksey Student Career Development Fund, named for Lamont’s long-time director, supports our students’ career development.

The Keith Ward Visiting Artist Fund, named for Lamont's current director, helps fund visiting guest artists and master classes.

The Lamont Student Ensemble Travel Fund helps finance ensemble performances at schools, music conventions or special events.

The Lamont Undergraduate Scholarship Fund supports freshman, sophomore, junior and senior music majors to attend DU and fulfill their musical dreams.

The Nancy Cochran Graduate Scholarship Fund, named for our most recent former director, supports students pursuing Master’s Degrees, Artist Diplomas and Performance Certificates.

The Spirituals Project Fund supports the award-winning choir and their work preserving spirituals, an oral tradition of work songs that were created and first sung by African peoples enslaved in America.

You may designate in the comments box where you would like other donations to be allocated.




Interested in donating to one of our other departments, or CAHSS as a whole?

Visit Our Main Donation Page


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