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Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music


World and Contemporary Music Ensembles

Flex Ensemble

Steve Wiest, Director

The Flex Ensemble is, as the name implies, a Jazz Studies group with flexible instrumentation and persona. At its core will be a 4-piece modern jazz rhythm section that will be augmented by an ever-changing group of instruments: “traditional” jazz instruments and voices as well as “non-traditional,” such as tuba, French horn, all woodwinds and strings are all welcome and encouraged to participate. All members of the group, regardless of their previous experience with jazz and composition will be required to compose a piece for the Flex Ensemble each Quarter. This will consist of everything from simple modal unison melodies up to sophisticated fully orchestrated concert works according to each student’s level of expertise.

Performing a full range of scheduled concerts, the Flex Ensemble will also have the potential each Quarter to work with a wide range of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences genres and disciplines, including Recording and Production, dance, film, Theatre, Creative Writing and Emerging Digital Practices.

Ghanaian Drumming Ensemble

Aaron Paige, Director

This ensemble provides a practical and theoretical introduction to the drumming and singing traditions of Ghana, West Africa. Through hands-on-instruction and oral transmission, students will learn ceremonial and recreational music styles of select ethnic groups. Assigned readings,film viewing, guided listening, and in-class discussion will familiarize students with the social and cultural meanings of the musics performed in class.

This group meets Mondays and Wednesdays from 6:30-8:30pm.

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.

Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble

Tom Miller, Director

Although you not might expect them in Colorado's climate, The Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble is a favorite musical ensemble. Steel Drum Ensemble concerts are free, but tickets are required due to popularity.

North Indian Classical Ensemble

Sarah Morelli, Director

In this ensemble, students practice the ornate and highly refined forms of North Indian classical music and dance – Hindustani music and Kathak dance.

The arts of India are distinguished by their close interrelationship – rhythm, melody and movement are all encompassed by the term sangīt. DU's North Indian Classical Ensemble is dedicated to the practice of all three of these arts. Depending on student interest in a particular quarter, the group focuses on vocal music, instrumental music, or Kathak dance. All of these areas of study are supplimented by exercises in rhythmic recitation.

The ensemble is led by Prof. Sarah Morelli, who trained in Hindustani music with the legendary Ustad Ali Akbar Khan, and in Kathak dance with renowned Kathak master Pandit Chitresh Das.

The group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays from 12-1:20pm and can be taken for multiple quarters.