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Lamont School of Music


Alumni of the Lamont School of Music work and perform across our nation and around the world.

A few examples of recent accomplishments of our alumni include:

Carlo Fierens a DU Lamont alumnus from Italy, (2011 Artist Diploma in classical guitar) will embark on a performance tour this summer that will take him to Thailand, Japan, Taiwan and Hong Kong.

Lamont graduate Sunny Kim was honored as a nominee for Best Jazz Record at the Korean Music Awards.

Lamont graduate Camilla Vaitaitis', original composition October. will be the Lamont Jazz Orchestra's opener for their performance at the Monterey Jazz Festival.

Reflections on a Mexican Garden
by Lamont Graduate Kevin Padworski will receive it's world premiere at Carnegie Hall on April 1. The premiere will be performed by the New England Symphonic Ensemble with Lamont graduate Teresa Castillo as soprano solist. The work will be conducted by another DU graduate Gregory Gentry.

Lamont Opera graduates Senhica Klee and Theresa Kesser will be performing at Wolf Trap Opera this summer.

Jonathan Rappaport, has been named a "Champion of Artists" by the Massachusetts Artists Leaders Coalition.

Robert Wolff, BM in Oboe Performance 1983, was the Scoring Editor of the last two STAR WARS pictures, The Last Jedi and The Force Awakens. Robert has worked with John Williams for the past 27 years. See Robert's IMDB page.

Sunny Kim, Jazz Performance, has joined the faculty at the Dong-ah Institute of Media and Arts as a full time professor. DIMA has one of Korea's top ranking contemporary music departments with acceptance rate for voice majors at 0.7%. The alumni include internationally famed K-pop artists. 

Kornel Thomas, 2014 AD in Concducting, has won a one year assistant conductor position in Hungary with the Savaria Symphony Orchestra. He will be conducting around 40 children's concerts throughout the season as well as some excellent major concerts. Kornel's debut with the orchestra will be later in September.

Michael Hewitt, 2015 BM Performance, is reprising his Lamont Opera Theatre role of Jud Frye in OKLAHOMA!, directed by Molly Smith at the Glimmerglass Festival in Cooperstown, NY.  He also took over the role of Edoardo in the American Premiere of Donizetti's "The Siege of Calais."

George Arvidson,
2014 BM in Performance, has been cast in the London West End production of Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "Evita."

Sarah Cambidge Chastain, 2013 MM in Performance & 2011 BM in Performance has been awarded one of the highest honors and most prestigious appointments in the Opera world. Sarah is a 2017 Adler Fellow at San Francisco Opera.

Jackson Stevens, BA in Performance, has been awarded the EY Next Wave Leadership Award by the Colorado Business Committee for the Arts. Jackson, a community volunteer and musician from the Colorado Symphony's Remix, won for his arts ambassadorship. The award was presented at the 2017 CBCA Luncheon.

Teresa Castillo, 2013 MM in Performance, soprano, recently won 1st place in the Anita Cerquetti International Competition in Montecosaro, Italy. She will be joining Bel Canto at Caramoor for a second summer as a Young Artist covering the role of Adele in "Il Pirata," singing on the opening night gala with soprano Angela Meade and will be singing the soprano solo in Rossini's Petite Messe Solennelle. In 2018, she will participate in the Herndon Emerging Artist Program with the Virginia Opera and will be covering the roles of Lucia in Lucia di Lammermoor and Tytania in A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Matt Peterson, 2017 MM in Performance, will be joining Virginia Opera in the 2017-2018 season as a Young Artist! He will be doing outreach for the opera in Richmond from August to December, and then cover Demetrius in their mainstage production of Britten's Midsummer Night's Dream from January to February.

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