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Lamont School of Music

Outreach, Alumni & Summer Academy

Lamont Summer Academy


June 18 - July 2, 2017

Coming in September - updated program information on the 2017 Academy!

Director: Mary Beth Barteau Shaffer
Assistants Director:  Victoria Vanest

Join us for an inspiring, innovative and fun 15-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!

Private Lessons – Master Classes – Chamber Ensembles – Orchestra – Wind Ensemble – Choir – Flex Jazz Ensemble – Music Theatre – Steel Drum Ensembles – Recitals – Music Technology – Conducting – Theory – Collaborative Piano – Alexander Technique – Diction for Singers - Composer's Workshop - Concerto/Aria Competition - Recreational Activities and more!

Read a Majoring in Music article about the Lamont Summer Academy.

Featured Guest Artist to be announced.

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

COLLEGE CREDIT AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS WHO WILL BE JUNIORS AND SENIORS, FALL OF 2017.  http://www.du.edu/apply/admission/apply/earlyexperience.html

Major and Minor Options

Program Components & Curriculum

  • Large ensembles, including choir, orchestra, wind ensemble
  • Small chamber ensembles, including traditional classical, flex jazz ensemble, steel drums, new music and music theater.
  • Special topic seminars, including stage anxiety and musicians' health.
  • Master classes with guest and artist faculty
  • Minor studies in conducting, music technology and Alexander technique, and all instruments, voice and composition.
  • Voice diction and movement for voice majors
  • Piano classes for piano majors with studies including piano literature, technique, and collaborative piano
  • College preparatory theory at all levels
  • Performance opportunities in chamber, solo, and large ensemble
  • Fun recreational activities, both on and off campus
Typical Daily Schedule, Housing and Dining, Recreation

Tuition Information - coming

Application Information - coming


Program Faculty - coming

Concert and Master Class Schedule - coming

2016 Academy Acceptance Packet & Guidebook - coming

Mission Statement

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

Reviews from 2015 Academy Students and Parents

“Thank you so much for making this wonderful experience possible! I learned so much about not only music at the Summer Academy, but about independent living and how to be the best student I can be. Working with the fabulous Lamont faculty also ignited a great excitement for what college could hold for me!” Karli (soprano, Michigan)

“Thank you so much for providing me with the opportunity to be a part of the Lamont School of Music Summer Academy. I have had the pleasure of working with students who play with so much enthusiasm and musical intelligence. In previous summer intensives that I attended, the students were not as passionate as they are here. To be a part of such an amazing atmosphere where everyone is so involved and respectful of one another has truly been a wonderful experience!” Maggie (violinist, New Mexico)

“During my time at Lamont, I was able to work closely with many incredible musicians, play in ensembles, and refine and perform solo works. I also got to connect with some lovely people, both students and faculty. I feel that I improved so much as a performer and artist in my two weeks at Lamont! Thank you for this life-changing experience!”  Taylor (horn, Colorado)

“My experience at the summer academy inspired me to pursue a career in music. Your generosity has inspired me not only to make music, but to share music with my family, friends, community and the world. Because I believe that music language is universal, I hope that my musical knowledge can help people to live in a more peaceful and understanding world.” Farhan (pianist, Indonesia)