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Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music


Contemporary Music Ensembles

Lamont Composers Concert Series

Leanna Kirchoff, Director

The Lamont Composers Concert Series (LCCS) is a quarterly concert featuring new compositions by graduate and undergraduate students at the Lamont School of Music. All composition majors are invited to submit acoustic, electronic, or electro-acoustic works for the LCCS each quarter. These concerts are an essential way for our composition students to develop their craft and build their portfolio of music. All LCCS concerts are recorded.

Lamont student performers and composers collaborate during the composition and rehearsal stages of each piece, resulting in a premiere performance in Hamilton Hall. As a step toward performance, pieces slated for the LCCS are peer-reviewed in composition seminar, a weekly meeting of all graduate and undergraduate composers. All LCCS concerts are free and open to the public.

Our student composers are often looking for musicians to perform their new compositions. If you are interested in working with one of our composers on a new piece and performing on the Lamont Composers Concert Series, please contact [email protected].


Martin Kuuskmann, Director
Modern Music Ensemble is a course for returning students with solid background in their major instrument. It is an ensemble for a 21st-century performing musician which involves dedicated individual participation and entrepreneurship on top of performing challenging musical material. Participation in the course means being part of the Modern Hue Ensemble where group sizes can range from duos to larger sized chamber ensembles. The course repertoire varies from 20th-century works to works written today, including computers, electronics, etc. It is recommended that returning students would have a preassembled group with fellow students in mind along with a work intended to be played.

Participation in the course will be made if consulted or referred by the major teacher and/or approved by Prof. Kuuskmann. Students are welcome to e-mail [email protected] to discuss participation in the course.

Pioneer Pep Band

Joe Walsh, Director

The Pioneer Pep Band provides spirited entertainment and support during athletic events at the University of Denver, performing mainly at hockey, men's and women's basketball games, and an occasional University event. The band also has an outreach program which invites and mentors local area elementary through high school age musicians to play with the band. 

Rehearsals take place at the Newman Center for the Performing Arts during fall quarter and occasionally during winter quarter as the hockey and basketball season are in full swing. The band mainly consists of wind, brass, and percussion instruments, and occasionally guitar, bass and other string instruments. Students may enroll in pep band as a course. If you are enrolled in pep band it will fulfill course requirements for undergraduate arts and humanities students. For music majors, it counts in part as an undergraduate ensemble credit. 

All levels are welcome; for questions, please contact Pioneer Pep Band Director Joe Walsh at [email protected].