A Message from the Director
Welcome to the Lamont School of Music.
Whether you are a prospective or current student, an alum, a parent, a member of the Lamont family, or a music lover interested in attending one of our many performances, I hope you will find our site informative and inviting.
Lamont is an extraordinary place. Students, faculty and community members gather here daily to participate in a dynamic musical adventure. An intimate school, we offer training to approximately 300 outstanding undergraduate and graduate students in a nurturing atmosphere that allows their individual artistry and intellect to blossom. We boast an outstanding faculty of extraordinary teaching artists and scholars who record, tour, perform, publish, and present scholarly work and compositions locally, nationally, and internationally. In addition to working with our exceptional faculty, our students benefit from playing in outstanding ensembles from orchestras to opera productions to jazz groups to string quartets to steel drum ensembles. Lamont resides in the magnificent Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, located on the University’s main campus.
The Lamont School of Music is an accredited member of NASM, and offers Bachelor of Music degrees in Performance, Composition, Jazz Studies, and Commercial Music; the Bachelor of Arts in Music; Master of Music degrees in Performance, Composition, and Conducting; Master of Arts degrees in Music Theory and Musicology; and other certificates and Artist Diplomas.
I invite you to browse our website and learn more about who and what we are.
A Brief History of the Lamont School of Music
Founded in 1924 by renowned voice teacher Florence Lamont Hinman, the Lamont School of Music began as a private proprietary school in downtown Denver. Under Ms. Hinman's direction, the Lamont School of Music flourished, becoming an important cultural fixture in Denver's arts scene throughout the 1920s and 30s. In 1941, the school merged with the University of Denver and remained under Ms. Hinman's direction until her retirement in 1952. Roger Dexter Fee, one of Ms. Hinman's vocal proteges, was named the school's second director.
Despite its separation from DU's main campus for many years, the Lamont School of Music persevered, and was poised for expansion and development. Both followed with the appointment of the school's fifth director, F. Joseph Docksey. In 1988, the Lamont School of Music's enrollment totaled 116 music majors at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; by 2001, enrollment jumped to 256; and by 2007, the school had reached its strategic enrollment cap of 300 music majors. Students and faculty moved into the state-of-the-art Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts in 2002. In February 2005, the Lamont School of Music was recognized by the city of Denver with the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. 2011 marked the appointment of Lamont's sixth director, Nancy Cochran.