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Lamont School of Music

New DU Lamont Director, Keith Ward

Lamont School of Music

Incoming Director, Dr. Keith Ward


Daniel McIntosh, dean of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences at the University of Denver, has announced that Dr. Keith Ward will become the director of the Lamont School of Music this summer. The seventh director since Florence Lamont Hinman founded the school in 1924, Ward will follow Director Nancy Cochran, who is retiring on August 31, 2018 after serving the University of Denver for seven years.

Keith Ward is currently the director of the School of Music and distinguished professor of music at the University of Puget Sound in Tacoma, Washington. In the field of academic leadership, he has been active as a writer, reviewer, panelist, workshop facilitator, and accreditation evaluator. As a pianist, he has appeared in concerts on artist series, college campuses, and radio as a soloist, chamber musician and vocal accompanist. In essays, reviews, critical editions, presentations and publications, his scholarship has focused on Arnold Schoenberg and Charles Ives, American piano music of the 18th and 19th centuries, pedagogy and teaching, and musical responses to HIV/AIDS. He has served on the Commission on Accreditation for the National Association of Schools of Music and currently is president of the College Music Society.

"It is a great honor to become the next director of the Lamont School of Music. I join a community of exceptional performers, scholars and composers, an outstanding professional staff, and a gifted, engaged student body," says Ward. "Nancy Cochran has done extraordinary work for Lamont and the music profession—I am humbled to follow her. I look forward to serving my new colleagues, students, the Lamont Society, and the University of Denver in the next exciting chapter of music at DU."

Dean Daniel McIntosh noted, "Keith's deep knowledge of the landscape of college music programs, his national leadership, and his ability to develop and implement a shared vision will continue Lamont's tradition of excellence and accelerate its contributions to the future of music education and the University's engagement with the Denver community."