Lamont School Of Music Graduate Application Essay

Audition requirements are the same for master of music, certificate and artist diploma applicants.

Orchestral conducting (all levels) and artist diploma applicants must submit a pre-screening audition video by December 15.

Choral and wind conducting applicants for the master of music or certificate in conducting must submit the Graduate Application by January 15.

Area-Specific Requirements

Choral, Orchestral, Wind

Choral

In addition to the general University of Denver graduate application requirements (which include the TOEFL for the international students), choral conducting applicants must successfully complete a live conducting audition. 

Preliminary Round (for artist diploma only)

Upload 20 minutes of video showing the applicant conducting (no specific repertoire requirements; please include both concert and rehearsal footage).

For all programs

The live audition will consist of:

  1. Audition conducting Lamont Chorale on Tuesday, February 13th or by appointment conducting Bernstein Chichester Psalms (choose one movement) and Jake Runestad Spirited Light.
  2. Interview with the Director of Choral Studies, Dr. Catherine Sailer on the day of the audition.
  3. Written test to determine the candidate's knowledge of choral literature and score analysis skills on the day of the audition.

Orchestral

In addition to the general University of Denver and Lamont graduate application requirements (which include the TOEFL for the international students), applicants must:

Preliminary Round

  1. Provide a resume detailing previous conducting experiences.
  2. Upload 3-6 videos of the applicant conducting (no specific repertoire requirements; concert footage preferred, but rehearsal footage acceptable).
  3. Provide a written statement of the candidate's availability and preferences regarding the two final round audition dates listed below.
  4. Optional: letters of recommendation from those who have seen the applicant conduct

Important Note: Only candidates whose applications are 100% complete by December 15, 2017 will be considered for the final round.

Final Round

  1. If accepted into the final round, take a conducting audition with the Lamont Symphony Orchestra on EITHER January 29, 2018 conducting Shostakovich Symphony No. 5, 1st or 4th mvt. (candidate's choice) OR on February 26, 2018 conducting Mendelssohn Symphony No. 3 "Scottish", 1st mvt.
  2. Interview with Professor Lawrence Golan on the day of the audition.
  3. Take a written test to determine the candidate's knowledge of the orchestra on the day of the audition.

In preparation for the test, candidate should become intimately familiar with Norman Del Mar's book "The Anatomy of the Orchestra." Hint: Del Mar's writing style is such that he likes to state a basic principle, and then spend pages discussing the rare exceptions to that principle. The test will include questions about the basic principles, not the rare exceptions.

Wind

In addition to the general University of Denver and Lamont graduate application requirements (which include the TOEFL for the international students), applicants must:

Preliminary Round:

  1. Provide a resume detailing previous conducting experience.
  2. Submit 3 letters of recommendation from those who have seen the applicant conduct.
  3. Upload preliminary a video recording of the applicant's conducting (no specific requirements).
  4. Provide a preferred audition date (if invited for a live audition) and an alternate date.

If invited to the live audition, you will:

  1. Conduct the Lamont Wind Ensemble. Please contact Dr. Joseph Martin directly for repertoire.
  2. Interview with the Director of the Wind Ensemble, Dr. Joseph Martin on the day of the audition.

Required for the DU Office of Undergraduate Admission

  1. A completed Common Application or Pioneer Application by January 15. All students interested in pursuing a major through the Lamont School of Music must apply Regular Decision to the University of Denver by January 15. Applications submitted after this date will be considered on a case-by-case basis. Lamont does not offer Early Action or Early Decision as an admission option.
  2. A $65 non-refundable application fee (check, money order or online payments accepted).
  3. An official secondary school transcript or official verification of the High School Equivalency Diploma (GED).
  4. Official results of the SAT (DU code is 4842) and/or ACT (DU Code is 0534) sent via testing agency. The writing components for both the SAT and ACT will be accepted for review but will not be used for admission decisions.
  5. An essay (included in the application form).
  6. A school counselor recommendation/report (required); a teacher recommendation is optional.
  7. For International Students: TOEFL or IELTS scores. Please see specific requirements.
  8. Complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and CSS PROFILE by February 1 for priority consideration. Please contact the Office of Financial Aid with any questions.

Required for the Lamont School of Music Office of Admission

  1. A completed Lamont application by January 15. The Lamont application will become available once you have submitted the Common Application or Pioneer Application.  You can find the Lamont application on your DU application status page. 
  2. For Voice majors: upload pre-screen recording through the Lamont application.
  3. For Performance majors in all programs: complete your music audition. Please find audition information/requirements online.
  4. For Composition majors: upload a portfolio of at least two scores through the Lamont application. Recordings are optional but encouraged. Scores must be submitted electronically through the Lamont application.
  5. For Recording and Production majors:
    • Perform a successful audition in a performance area, including a pre-screen recording or portfolio if required by your selected performance area.
    • Submit a demo of audio recording work through the Lamont application.
    • Submit a 1-2 page technical explanation of involvement and technical setup used, as well as a statement outlining your future plans and reasons for desiring admission to this program.

Additional Items for Transfer and Adult students

  1. If you have completed less than one year of college study (30 semester hours or 45 quarter hours), you MUST also submit:
    • An official secondary school transcript
    • Official results of the SAT and/or ACT.
  2. Submit official transcripts from all college-level study attempted at previous and/or current institutions.
  3. Complete and return the Music Transfer Eligibility and Release form to Lamont.
  4. OPTIONAL: Submit a teacher, professor, advisor or employer recommendation.

To be considered for admission, students transferring to DU from another accredited institution must have a competitive GPA in all college course work. The admission committee looks for grades that reflect solid work at the college level—generally "B" or better—and coursework that demonstrates serious intentions. In addition, we consider any special situation or circumstance that may have influenced your academic performance in college. If you're unsure about your candidacy to the University of Denver, please consult one of our admission counselors.

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