The Academy enjoys its most versatile community partnership with the Lamont School of Music at the University of Denver. Outstanding Lamont students and faculty have developed and led numerous innovative courses at the Academy, in addition to offering special free concerts and discounts for events at Lamont’s splendid home, the Newman Center for the Performing Arts on the DU campus.
In our latest collaboration with Lamont, about one hundred Academy members and their guests attended the June 26th chamber concert performed as part of Lamont’s pre-college summer camp for aspiring musicians aged 14 to 18. This event has become a summer tradition for the Academy, as well as a welcome opportunity for Academy participants to hear burgeoning musicians mentored by college faculty.
Lamont’s faculty and graduate students–all accomplished professional instrumentalists, singers and composers—are also key to the Academy’s exciting music curriculum. In spring 2012, Lamont instructor Conrad Kehn, an award-winning composer, tailored a music composition course especially for the Academy —a rarity among lifelong learning institutes. Thanks to Conrad’s expert direction and the assistance of musicians from his Playground chamber ensemble, Academy registrants completed a musical composition, which was then performed in a final concert open to the entire Academy; dozens attended, many surprised and all delighted at the achievements of their fellow students.
It is no surprise that, with an enrollment of 300 music majors and a packed calendar of superb public concerts, the Lamont School of Music was recognized by the City of Denver with the Mayor’s Award for Excellence in the Arts, in 2005. For more information on Lamont’s free and affordable concerts, go to http://www.du.edu/ahss/schools/lamont/events or search keyword Lamont School of Music.