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Lamont School of Music

Lamont School of Music


World Music Ensembles

Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble

Tom Miller, Director

MUEN 3029

Although you not might expect them in Colorado's climate, The Lamont Steel Drum Ensemble is a favorite musical ensemble. The group performs music from the Afro-Caribbean, Brazilian, jazz, pop and contemporary styles. 

No auditions are required, and the Steel Drum Ensemble is open to the University of Denver at large. Concerts are free, but tickets are required due to popularity. If you are interested in participating, please email Tom Miller.

North Indian Classical Ensemble

Sarah Morelli, Director

MUEN 3041

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. If you are interested in participating, email Prof. Sarah Morelli


Michael Furry, Director

MUEN 3048

In this ensemble, students will receive instruction on proper bluegrass performance fundamentals with traditional bluegrass instruments (students must provide their own instrument), the harmony and rhythm of bluegrass music, the art of simultaneous playing and singing, the proper interpretation of the chosen repertoire per the composers' style, and the social and cultural influences that inspired the music. This course counts toward the Analytical Inquiry: Society and Culture requirement.

This group meets Tuesdays and Thursdays, 4pm-5:50pm, in room 140 of the Newman Center. Auditions will be held on the first day of classes to determine ensemble parts. For questions, please email Michael Furry.