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Lamont School of Music

Outreach, Alumni & Summer Academy

Lamont Summer Academy

June 17 – July 1, 2018

Join us for our 11th season!

Equipping pre-college musicians for success in the 21st century!
Musical Excellence – Rich Program Diversity – Lifelong Friendships

Director: Victoria Vanest
Assistant to the Director:  To be determined.

Join us for an inspiring, innovative and fun 15-day intensive pre-college music experience in state-of-the-art facilities with outstanding artist faculty and musical peers from throughout the United States and abroad!

Private Lessons – Master Classes – Chamber Ensembles – Orchestra – Wind Ensemble – Choir – Flex Jazz Ensemble – Music Theatre – Steel Drum Ensemble – Recitals – Digital Music Making – Conducting – Theory – Collaborative Piano – Alexander Technique – Diction for Singers – Composers' New Music Workshop – Concerto/Aria Competition – Recreational Activities and more!

Applications accepted from Instrumentalists, Singers, Pianists and Composers, ages 14 through 18. (Some age exceptions based on level of musicianship).

For further information:

Guest artist information COMING SOON.

Major and Minor Options

       2018 Highlights include Classical Guitar and Digital Music Making!

Program Components & Curriculum

  • Private lessons with artist faculty on all major instruments, voice and composition
  • Large ensembles, including choir, orchestra, wind ensemble
  • Small chamber ensembles, including traditional classical, flex jazz ensemble, steel drums, new music and music theatre
  • Master classes with guest and artist faculty
  • Minor studies in conducting, digital music making, Alexander technique, and all instruments, voice and composition
  • Voice diction and movement for voice majors
  • Piano classes for piano majors with studies including piano literature, technique, and collaborative piano
  • Special Workshops in fiddling, wind techniques and reed making
  • College preparatory theory at all levels
  • Performance opportunities in chamber, solo, and large ensemble
  • Faculty and guest artist recitals
  • Musicians' health stretching and yoga classes
  • Fun recreational activities, both on and off campus

Scholarship application deadline - February 15, 2018

Regular application deadline - March 15, 2018

Typical Daily Schedule, Housing and Dining, Recreation

Tuition Options & Payment Information

Application Information

Program Faculty

Concert and Master Class Schedule

2017 Academy Guidebook

Mission Statement

The Lamont Summer Academy is committed to providing an inspirational, innovative, and fun musical experience for serious pre-college musicians, and promoting musical excellence, rich program diversity and lifelong friendships under the guidance of outstanding artist-teachers.

2017 Guest Artists

Mike Block

Mike Block

Hailed by Yo-Yo Ma as the "ideal musician of the 21st Century," Mike Block is a pioneering multi-style cellist, composer, and educator living in Boston, acclaimed by the NY Times for his "vital rich-hued solo playing."

While studying at the Juilliard School, Mike joined Yo-Yo Ma's Silk Road Ensemble, and shortly thereafter also joined Mark O'Connor's Appalachia Waltz Trio. Mike was the first standing cellist to perform at Carnegie Hall, using a cello strap of his own design, called the Block Strap, a performance which the NY Times called "Breathless...half dance, half dare."

Mike is an active recording artist of original material, folk music, cross-cultural collaborations, and he has an ongoing project to record all of the Bach cello suites in acoustically glorious bathrooms of famous concert halls, via In 2012, Mike was appointed Associate Professor at the Berklee College of Music.

Hanneke Cassel

Hanneke Cassel

"Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," says the Boston Globe about Hanneke Cassel's playing.

Such charismatic fiddling has brought the Oregon native many honors and awards, including the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Championship. Hanneke's fiddling has graced the stages of The Boston Hatch Shell (performing with Joey McIntyre of New Kids on the Block), Boston's Symphony Hall (opening for Judy Collins), Mountain Stage, and Lincoln Center. She creates sounds on the cutting edge of acoustic music, while retaining the integrity and soul of the tradition.

Ms. Cassel holds a bachelor of music in violin performance from Berklee College of Music, and has performed and taught across North America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, China, and India

Reviews from 2016 Academy Students and Parents

"My experience at the Academy has been nothing short of wonderful, inspiring, and educational. With such a high degree of musicianship and support, I feel as if my musical skills have reached a new stage of maturity and expression." Max (clarinet, Hawaii)

"I really enjoyed being part of the music Academy. Being able to play with other young and hardworking musicians was a fantastic privilege. I enjoyed being able to work with great people and hope to be able to return again next year!" Grayson (trombone, Arizona)

"The Academy gave me an opportunity to experiment and expand my abilities while providing an outlet for my thoughts and innermost emotions as an artist." Cristina (voice, New Mexico)

"The days I spent at Lamont were easily the most productive and well spent days of my music life. I learned many things there that have greatly impacted my technique and performance abilities as a pianist. Lamont was awesome!" Sarah (piano, Colorado)

"I loved the creative atmosphere, and the amount of energy poured into all the great music. I learned an incredible amount not only from the fantastic faculty, but also from my peers. Lamont has given me some of the essential tools for my future career as a musician."  Lily (violin, Oregon)

"It's really a very admirable opportunity for me to attend this academy. It gave me huge numbers of performances on stage, which absolutely helped me to overcome my panic when performing in front of the public. It's truly an unforgettable experience in my whole life." Lydia (piano, Taipei, Taiwan)

"The Academy provides a glimpse of what it's like to major in music and start a career as a professional musician. My experiences at the Academy inspired me to apply to DU for college. Lamont offered me so much and made me a more confident, happy musician." Julia (viola, New Mexico)

"Truly the Lamont Summer Academy has been a huge and important part of Owen's growth as a musician and development as a person. We are so thankful he was able to be a part of it for three years. You have created a really magical program!" Chris (parent of composer)

"Thank you SO much for an amazing experience for Isaiah!! He is still reeling from the intense and exciting weeks and hopes to return next year." Michelle (parent of bassist)

"Thank you for putting together such a wonderful Summer Music Academy! It is an incredible learning opportunity for the students – both musically and socially. Amanda has absolutely loved participating in the program over the past two years!" Brenda (parent of horn player)