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Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music

Audition and Portfolio Requirements

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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 the 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 strongly prefer to have applicants audition on campus, those unable to travel to Denver for a live audition may submit an unedited recorded 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.

Area-Specific Requirements

Carillon, Organ, Piano

Carillon

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. Three contrasting compositions for carillon including a prelude by Matthias Van den Gheyn
  2. Select others from Dutch (eg. Badings, Franken, Maassen), Flemish (eg. Meulemans, D'hollander, Geysen) or American composers (eg. Johnson, Courter, Barnes)
  3. Sight reading to be selected at the audition

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. Five contrasting compositions including: a Prelude by Matthias Van de Gehyn
  2. Select others from Dutch (eg. Badings, Franken, Maassen), Flemish (eg. Meulemans, D'hollander, Geysen) or American composers (eg. Johnson, Courter, Barnes)
  3. Sight reading to be selected at the audition

Artist Diploma

Organ

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. Prepare fifteen to twenty minutes of organ literature you have thoroughly studied. Include a work of J. S. Bach in addition to a romantic and/or a contemporary composition.

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. Prepare at least fifteen to twenty minutes of music including:
    • A major work of J. S. Bach (e.g. a prelude and fugue, trio sonata, large chorale prelude)
    • A composition of the Romantic period
    • A contemporary composition

Artist Diploma

Piano

Undergraduate (BM and BA)

  1. Twenty (20) minutes of memorized repertoire to include three (3) or four (4) pieces, each from a different period:
    • Baroque (e.g., two-part invention by Bach)
    • Classical (e.g., Mozart, Haydn, Beethoven Sonata - one movement)
    • Romantic (e.g., Schubert, Schumann, Chopin, Brahms)
    • Twentieth Century (e.g., Debussy, Ravel, Schonberg, Bartok, Hindemith)
  2. Sight reading to be selected at the audition

Undergraduate (Minor)

  1. Ten (10) minutes of repertoire to include three (3) classical-genre pieces or movements
  2. All major scales, four (4) octaves
  3. Memorization is not required 

Graduate (MM and certificate in performance)

  1. Applicants should prepare a solo recital program of at least 45 minutes of repertoire. Prelude & Fugue and sonata should be complete; concertos are not accepted. Music should be memorized and selections should include:
    • A major work from the Baroque period (e.g., Bach, Scarlatti, Rameau, etc.)
    • A major work from the Classical period (e.g., Beethoven, Haydn, Mozart, etc.)
    • A major work from the Romantic period (e.g., Chopin, Schubert, Liszt, Brahms, Schumann, etc.)
    • A major work from the 20th century (e.g., Bartok, Hindemith, Schonberg, Copland, Barber, etc.)
  2. Sight reading to be selected at the audition

Pedagogy Applicants

In addition to the graduate audition requirements above, applicants must submit/complete the following:

  1. A research paper related to music education/pedagogy (as per undergraduate work),
  2. A 20-minute video of teaching, and
  3. An interview with the piano pedagogy faculty.

Jazz
Artist Diploma