Lamont Summer Academy

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Lamont Summer Academy, June 19 — July 2, 2022

At this time we plan to offer Lamont Summer Academy in person. COVID protocols will be decided by the university at large but we are optimistic. The Application Portal is now open!  

Scholarship Application Deadline is February 15      Regular Application Deadline is March 15

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  • Private Lessons with World-Class Faculty
  • Master Classes & Guest Artists
  • Multiple Recital Opportunities
  • Opera & Musical Theater Scenes
  • Chamber Ensembles & Orchestra
  • Concerto/Aria Competition


  • Composers' Workshop & New Music Ensemble
  • Electronic Music
  • Modern Music Making (Steel Drum, Soundpainting & Flex Ensembles)
  • Composition & Arranging for non-majors


  • Music Entrepreneurship Class
  • "Behind the Curtain" Faculty Mentoring
  • Audition Preparation Technology Classes
  • College Admission Workshops
  • Alexander Technique & Wellness
  • Music Theory, Conducting, Listening & Artistry
  • Recreation Events in a World Class City
  • Lifelong Friends & Connections


Join us for an inspiring, innovative and fun 14-day intensive pre-college music experience in state-of-the-art facilities with outstanding artist faculty and musical peers from throughout the United States and abroad! 

Applications accepted from Instrumentalists, Singers, Pianists and Composers, ages 14 through 18. (Some age exceptions based on level of musicianship).


Tuition Options

  • Two-week residential student $2,200 (tuition, room & board, recreation)
  • Two-week commuter $1,700 (tuition, lunch & dinner, recreation)
  • Additional 'minor' or secondary area of study $250 (secondary instrument, conducting, etc)
  • ONLINE OPTIONS starting at $300. Contact us for more information.



Substantial merit and need-based scholarships are available.

To be considered for scholarships, students must meet the February 15 scholarship deadline.

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Summer Academy Details

  • Application & Audition Information

    The scholarship application is due February 15

    The regular application deadline is March 15

    Please note: Students must qualify for merit in order to be considered for financial need.

    Application Process

    Required materials: 

    1. Student and parent/guardian basic contact information
    2. Student Musical Information (primary instrument, years of study, area of study, solo and chamber music studied in last 2 years, possible minor area of study)
    3. Audition recordings or PDFs (see requirements below)
    4. Private music teacher and school music director contact information.
    5. One teacher letter of recommendation submitted via email to
    6. 1040 Individual Tax Income Return form (financial need-based scholarship applicants only) submitted via email to — please mark over your social security number in all instances
    7. $75 non-refundable application fee

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    Audition Recording Requirements.

    All merit scholarship applicants are required to submit three audition videos. Regular applicants are only required to submit two audition videos.

    Upload videos to Google Drive and paste the shared in the appropriate fields in the online application form. Please make sure share settings are such that anyone with the link can edit so we can download as needed.

    Please name videos using the following file naming protocol: or mp4, etc. 

    Example: Kehn_Beethoven_MoonlightSonata.mp4

    Please visit our list of Designated Scholarships found at

    Composition applicants will email PDFs and midi files or recordings to

    Strings, Piano, Flute, Oboe, Bassoon:

    • One movement of a concerto or sonata
    • An étude or showpiece
    • A movement by Bach or another Baroque composer

    All piano repertoire is required to be memorized

    Brass, Clarinet:

    • One étude
    • Two contrasting solos of the applicant’s choice


    • Études or solos on three areas of percussion: Choose from snare drum, marimba, timpani, drum set, and world percussion.


    • One aria or art song in Italian
    • One aria or art song in English
    • One selection of the applicant’s choice


    • Three original compositions. Submit PDF files and midi files (or real recordings if available) by email to


    • An étude by one of the following composers: Sor, Carcassi, Aguado, Giuliani, Tárrega, Villa-Lobos, Brouwer
    • A piece by one of the following composers: Bach, De Visée, Weiss, Scarlatti
    • A piece of your choice


    • One concert étude of choice: Bach Grandjany/Naderman/Bochsa/Posse/Pizzoli/Larivière/Tournier/Godefroide, etc
    • Two contrasting pieces demonstrating the applicant's highest level of work.

    Submit application:

    1. Once materials are prepared, proceed to the Lamont Summer Academy Application.
    2. The letter of recommendation will be emailed to by the application deadline. The subject line should be  "Student Name Teacher Recommendation" for the recommendation.
    3. 1040 Individual Tax Income Return form (financial need-based scholarship applicants only) will be emailed to — please mark over your social security number in all instances. The subject line should be "Student Name Tax Form" for the 1040.
    4. The application fee can be submitted electronically or mailed to:
      Lamont Summer Academy
      University of Denver
      2344 E. Iliff Ave.
      Denver, CO 80208

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  • Curriculum

    Private Lessons/Coaching

    Each student receives four lessons in their major area of study with an acclaimed faculty member. Those who choose to enroll in a secondary instrument (secondary minor) will receive three lessons or classes in their minor field.

    Students should bring at least three pieces of music in their major field to study:

    • One thoroughly polished and ready to perform.
    • One that can be prepared for performance.
    • One that is new.

    A specific teacher may be requested, and every effort will be made to facilitate the request. Practice coaches are available upon request to assist students. All students are assigned practice rooms and a minimum of two practice sessions daily. All piano majors are assigned to practice rooms with Steinway grand pianos.

    • String Students
      String majors participate in private lessons as well as chamber ensembles, orchestra, sectionals and master classes. Lessons focus on musicianship and technique in solo, chamber and orchestral repertoire.

    • Piano Students
      Piano majors participate in private lessons as well as chamber ensemble, piano class and master classes. Piano class curriculum includes a variety of topics including piano literature, collaborative piano, injury prevention and piano pedagogy.

    • Wind, Brass, and Percussion Students
      Wind, brass and percussion majors participate in private lessons as well as chamber ensemble, wind ensemble, orchestra and master classes.

    • Voice Students
      Voice majors participate in private lessons as well as voice class/seminar, diction and musical theatre (see description below). The voice faculty has extensive knowledge and background in working with high school students to develop classical vocal production as well as a healthy pop/belt technique, preparing young voices for classical as well as musical theater singing. Vocalists are required to take secondary (minor) piano unless they have taken six years of private piano or guitar lessons.

    • Composition Students
      Composition majors explore various composition styles and the receive professional coaching in score preparation and rehearsing your own music in the Composers Workshop. In private lessons they work on original compositions to be performed by their colleagues at the summer academy. Composition majors participate in the Sound Painting and New Music Ensembles. Composition majors are required to take a secondary (minor) in either film scoring, electronic music, conducting, or an instrument.

    • Guitar Students
      Classical guitar majors participate in private lessons as well as chamber ensemble, guitar class and master class. Chamber ensemble can include guitar-only ensembles (such as duos, trios and quartets) and also collaborations with voice and other instruments for advanced students. The guitar class will focus on technique, sight-reading, and musicianship, but will also explore injury prevention, Alexander Technique, guitar literature and understanding different traditions of classical guitar playing.
      Guitar majors are required to take a secondary (minor) of their choice.

    Secondary (Minor) Lessons and Areas of Study

    For an additional fee, students may enroll in lessons on a secondary instrument or voice in the categories listed above. Please note that a secondary study is required for voice and composition majors. Minor studies are encouraged for all students.

    Students may also do a secondary minor in Jazz on their primary instrument. Please contact us for details.

    In addition to lessons students may participate in the following minors (again for an additional fee):

    • Composition: Similar to the lessons mentioned above. A composition minor is good for those that want to receive training but still prefer an instrument as their primary area of study.
    • Film Scoring: Great for composition majors or any musician. A project based look at the musical and technical aspects of syncing music to video.
    • Conducting: For students wanting to build their current conducting skills or to explore the option of including conducting as a component of their musical career. During the three sessions, students will learn basic movements and strategies to achieve the beginnings of an elegant and artistic approach to instrumental conducting. Philosophies and challenges for the modern conductor will be discussed as well as an introduction to rehearsal planning and score study.
    • Electronic Music: In this class, students will learn audio clip triggering, drum programming, and MIDI basics to create digital music using Ableton, one of the most powerful and popular music software applications today. Thanks to Ableton for their support of the Lamont Summer Academy. We are very excited to announce that all students enrolling in the Electronic Music minor will receive a complimentary copy of Ableton Live 10 Intro.
    • Alexander Technique: Alexander Technique teaches how to prevent and recover from injury, alleviate the effects of nervousness in performance, increase breath capacity, prevent tension, and improve technique, ease and sound in playing.
    • Professional Development & Entrepreneurship: A successful music career is running a business. In these three sessions students will look at the business and leadership skills, people skills, and create thinking that goes into making a living in the arts.


    Auditions: All students (except composition majors) will audition for the faculty at the beginning of week one. Instrumental auditions will be for seating placement in orchestra and wind ensemble. Pianists, vocalists and guitarists will audition as a preliminary hearing for the master classes and honors recital before lessons commence. (See Academy Guidebook for information regarding audition repertoire.)

    • Chamber Music: Instrumental and vocal chamber groups rehearse daily, receive four or more coaching sessions, and may have the opportunity to perform in a master class. Participation in chamber music at this level is an exceptionally rewarding experience for the advancing musician. Students will receive their chamber assignments well in advance of the L.S.A., and are required to come fully prepared with their part thoroughly learned. Chamber groups will perform in the final recitals.
    • Vocal Chamber: Voice students (majors and minors) participate and perform in small ensembles where they will prepare short scenes from an operetta or musical
    • Orchestra: Instrumental majors participate in orchestra and perform works for both full and string orchestra. Seating is determined by audition on the first full day of the session. Composition and piano students who are skilled at playing an orchestral instrument may audition to participate as well.
    • Choir: All students participate in an hour of choir daily. Through singing, students refine musical skills such as sight-reading and phrasing, and are exposed to repertoire of many styles.
    • Wind Ensemble: Woodwind, brass and percussion majors may participate in wind ensemble, focusing specifically on instrumental techniques and repertoire for wind ensemble.
    • Modern Music Making: 21st century musicians should strive to be stylistically nimble and be able to play across genre. We offer a variety of ensembles to help build those skills.
      • New Music/ Composers Ensemble: Required for composition majors and offered as an optional ensemble for all instruments and voice, these ensembles will rehearse and perform brand new works by our very own composers.
      • Steel Drum Ensemble: Students have the opportunity to explore new musical horizons as they learn to play and perform on the steel drums.
      • Soundpainting Ensemble: Soundpainting is a hand gesture based composition language. Soundpainting has become one of the most entertaining and fun performances of the academy. Students learn the gestures and then are put in charge of the group for an often theatrical performance on the New Music Concert.
      • Flex Jazz Ensemble: Offered to students with at least one year of jazz ensemble or improvisatory experience, the flex jazz ensemble is open to all instrumentation.

    All major ensembles are featured on the final afternoon concert.

    Recitals & Performance Classes: With their teacher's/coach's approval, students have the opportunity to participate in performance classes throughout the session and may be eligible to perform on the Honors Chamber Recital and/or Honors Solo Recital, held in the second week of summer academy. Performance in frequent informal classes is highly encouraged and a collaborative pianist is available for rehearsal. Final instrumental and vocal chamber music recitals, including small ensembles, take place on the second to last day of academy. The final concert, featuring the large ensembles, takes place on the final day of academy so that families may attend. All performances are held in the beautiful facilities of the Robert & Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, Lamont School of Music.

    Master Classes & Honors Recital: The selection of students for master classes and honors recitals is by recommendation of the private instructor or coach. Ensemble auditions will serve as a preliminary hearing for selection. Students who wish to be considered for one of these opportunities must inform their instructor during their first lesson, and demonstrate at that time that the piece they wish to perform has been sufficiently prepared. Memorization is required for piano, strings, and voice; memorization is preferred for woodwinds and brass.


    Theory & Musicianship: All students participate in a music theory class. A theory placement test will determine class level. Students that score high enough on the placement test may opt for more practice time. These theory classes alternate with musicianship classes (Basic Composition, Listening and Artistry)

    Voice Class: Voice students participate in daily voice class, focusing on healthy singing techniques, vocal production, diction, dramatic movement/presentation and vocal repertoire.

    Piano Class: Pianists participate in daily piano classes, which provide an informal atmosphere for performance and include instruction in collaborative piano, piano literature, healthy playing, practice techniques and memorization, among other topics.

    Guitar Class: Guitar students will focus on technique, sight-reading, and musicianship, as well as explore injury prevention, Alexander Technique, guitar literature and understanding different traditions of classical guitar playing.

    Stretching & Yoga Class: Offered as an optional class for all students, this class focuses on exercises to maintain a healthy, injury-free musician, both mentally and physically.

  • Designated Scholarships

    The Lamont Summer Academy is pleased to announce significant scholarship support in 2020.

    Alongside merit-based and need-based assistance (students must qualify for merit to qualify for need-based assistance), we are offering the following Designated Scholarships. If you are applying for one of these Designated Scholarships, please indicate which one in the "Designated Scholarships" field on the application.

    • MTNA Competition Winner Scholarship
    • DYAO Conductor’s Choice Scholarship
    • Schmitt Music Competition Winner Scholarship (piano only)
    • Colorado Springs Youth Symphony Conductor's Choice Scholarship
    • PPMTA/CYSA Concerto Competition Winners
    • Lone Tree Symphony Douglas County Student Merit Scholarship 
    • Denver School of the Arts Conductor's Choice Scholarship – Enrique Lasansky
    • Denver School of the Arts Guitar Instructor's Choice Scholarship – Rich Serriani
    • Legacy High School Conductor’s Choice Scholarships
    • Phoenix Youth Symphony Concerto Competition Winner Scholarship
    • Santa Fe Youth Symphony Merit Scholarship
    • San Juan Symphony Youth Orchestra Conductor's Choice Scholarship
    • Las Vagas Academy for the Arts Scholarship
    • Omaha Youth Symphony Scholarship
    • Champlain Park Orchestra Conductor's Choice Scholarship
    • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Conductors Choice Vocalist Scholarship
    • New Orleans Center for Creative Arts Conductors Choice Instrumentalist Scholarship
    • Playground Ensemble Composition Scholarship
    • El Sistema Colorado Scholarship
    • Lamont Summer Academy Violin Prize
    • Lamont Summer Academy Low Strings Prize (viola, cello, bass)
    • Lamont Summer Academy Voice Prize
    • Lamont Summer Academy Woodwind Prize
    • Lamont Summer Academy Brass Prize
    • Lamont Summer Academy Percussion Prize
    • Lamont Summer Academy Piano Prize
    • Your Youth Symphony Conductor's Choice Scholarship (if your youth symphony conductor is offering this opportunity, they will have announced it at rehearsal. If you are a student or conductor whose youth symphony does not yet offer this and you are interested, contact
  • Forms & Payments

    Forms & Payments

    • Acceptance Packet - coming soon
    • Health Form - coming soon
    • Theory Placement Exam and Optional Courses Form
    • LSA Guidebook
    •  Arrival Departure Information Form


    Payment Portals

    Tuition Deposit Payment Portal  

    Tuition Balance Payment Portal

  • Faculty & Staff


    Conrad Kehn, director

    Gina Bliss, assistant director


    Brass Composition

    Sam Oattes, trumpet

    Richard Harris, trombone

    David Byrd-Marrow, Horn

    Rachael Hutchings

    Sean Friar

    Conducting Percussion

    Joe Martin

    Mike Marlier, drum set & Jazz FLEX ensemble

    Tom Miller, steel pan

    Michael Van Wirt, percussion

    Piano Strings

    Stephanie Cheng, lessons & chamber coach

    Beth Nielsen

    Chris Thompson



    Jeri Jorgensen, violin & chamber coach

    Margaret Miller, viola & chamber coach

    Linda Wang, violin

    Allegra Wermuth, violin 

    Matt Zalkind, cello & chamber coach

    Alice Yoo, cello & chamber coach

    Voice Woodwinds

    Sara Bardill

    Cathy Kasch

    Roger Holland, choir

    Matthew Plenk

    Martin Kuuskmann, bassoon

    Cathy Peterson, flute

    Jeremy Reynolds, clarinet & chamber coach

    Ian Wisekal, oboe & chamber coach

    Sarah Bierhaus, oboe & chamber coach

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Mission Statement

The Lamont Summer Academy is committed to providing an inspirational, innovative, and fun musical experience for serious pre-college musicians, and promoting musical excellence, rich program diversity and lifelong friendships under the guidance of outstanding artist-teachers.




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Application Deadlines

February 15 for scholarship consideration

March 15 for regular consideration

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