June 6, 2011—Nancy Cochran will join the University of Denver (DU) as the director of the Lamont School of Music starting Aug. 1, 2011. Cochran, professor at the Meadow School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University (SMU) and former director of its division of music, currently serves as that university's director of Chamber Music and coordinator of Applied Studies and Performance. Before moving to SMU, Cochran held the music executive position at Texas Tech University and chaired the Instrumental Studies Division at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she held a faculty position as professor of horn for 28 years.
"I am delighted to join the dedicated and accomplished faculty of the Lamont School of Music and look forward to being part of the University of Denver and the Denver metropolitan area," Cochran says. "I have been impressed by the traditions of excellence, the stunning Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the impressive support of the Lamont Society and, most especially, the positive and forward-looking energy of the Lamont School of Music faculty and student body. There can only be great things to come, and I am privileged to be a part of the school's future."
"We are so pleased to have Professor Cochran join us at DU," says Anne McCall, dean of Arts Humanities and Social Sciences at DU. "We are fortunate to have found a highly successful performance artist with extensive university administrative experience. She will be a great leader for the Lamont School of Music."
During her time at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Cochran maintained an active horn performance schedule that included appearances across the United States as well as Russia, China, Japan, Korea, Estonia, Hungary, Poland, and England. Cochran has served as President of the International Horn Society; Chair of the Ethics Committee and member of the Executive Committee at the Texas Association of Music Schools; Chair of the College Music Society's Mentoring Committee and member of its Committee on Outreach to Higher Education. She is also active within the National Association of Schools of Music for which she held a regional vice-president position from 2005-2008 and, since 2005, has been a Visiting Evaluator for Accreditation. Cochran received her training from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yale University and Ball State University.
The Lamont School of Music consistently ranks in the top 50 music schools by the National Association of Schools of Music. Under the leadership of Joe Docksey, the school's director for the past 24 years, Lamont has nearly tripled its student population to 300 students. In 2002 the 180,000-square-foot Robert & Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts opened and has since featured nearly 2,000 performances by DU students and faculty.