Lamont harpists study with Ann Marie Liss, the youngest harpist to be awarded the prestigious Diplôme Supérieure de Concertiste (DMA) from the Ecole Normale de Musique de Paris. She was a featured musician on the runways of Paris Fashion Week and at the World Harp Congress. Our harp studio takes full advantage of Lamont's many performance opportunities, participating in symphony orchestra and opera, as well as chamber, world and contemporary groups.

  • Live Audition

    Applicants will preference their top two (2) audition dates for a live audition in Denver on the Lamont application. 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.

  • Applicants Unable to Travel to Denver

    While Lamont faculty prefer to have applicants audition on campus, those unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit an unedited video audition in lieu of the on-campus audition. Recordings received after January 15 will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis. This video should be uploaded through the Lamont application.

Audition Requirements

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  • Two standard works of contrasting style demonstrating highest technical and artistic abilities (Grandjany's Variations on a Theme of Haydn, Glinka's Nocturne, Nino Rota's Sarabanda e Toccata, etc.). Memorization required.
  • Orchestral excepts:
    • Rimsky-Korsakov, Capriccio Espagnol (Cadenza)
    • One of the following:
      • Britten, Young Person's Guide to the Orchestra (Cadenza and Fugue)
      • Verdi, La Forza del Destino (Overture)
  • Sight-reading, to be selected at the audition

Undergraduate (Minor)

  • Two contrasting pieces
  • One orchestral cadenza or excerpt of your choice
  • Sight reading, to be selected at the audition

Graduate (MM)

  • Three works of contrasting style demonstrating highest technical and artistic abilities (Bach transcription, unaccompanied movement of a standard concerto, Scarlatti Sonata, Spohr Fantasie, Salzedo Scintilation, Grandjany Rahpsodie, etc.). Memorization required.
  • Orchestral Excerpts:
    • Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
    • One of the following:
      • Ravel, Tzigane (cadenza)
      • Donizetti, Lucia di Lammermoore (harp solo)
      • Strauss, Danse de Salomé
  • Sight reading, to be selected at the audition
  • Artist Diploma: Review Requirements

Graduate (Certificate in Performance)

  • Two contrasting pieces or movements, memorized
  • Two orchestral cadenzas or excerpts of your choice
  • Sight reading, to be selected at the audition

Faculty

 
Ann Marie Liss with harp

Ann Marie Liss

Adjunct Faculty

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