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Lamont School of Music



University of Denver, Lamont School of Music was founded in 1924 by voice teacher Florence Lamont Hinman, the Lamont School of Music began as a private proprietary school in downtown Denver. Under Ms. Hinman's direction, the Lamont School of Music flourished, becoming an important cultural fixture in Denver's arts scene throughout the 1920s and 30s. In 1941, the school merged with the University of Denver and remained under Ms. Hinman's direction until her retirement in 1952. Roger Dexter Fee, one of Ms. Hinman's vocal proteges, was named the school's second director.

Despite its separation from DU's main campus for many years, the Lamont School of Music persevered, and was poised for expansion and development. Both followed with the appointment of the school's fifth director, F. Joseph Docksey. In 1988, the Lamont School of Music's enrollment totaled 116 music majors at both the graduate and undergraduate levels; by 2001, enrollment jumped to 256; and by 2007, the school had reached its strategic enrollment cap of 300 music majors. Students and faculty moved into the state-of-the-art Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts in 2002. In February 2005, the Lamont School of Music was recognized by the city of Denver with the Mayor's Award for Excellence in the Arts. 2011 marked the appointment of Lamont's sixth director, Nancy Cochran.
Integration of Lamont School of Music with DU Department of Music in 1941.
Sources Card Catalog-Academic Units; Board of Trustees Minutes – Volume N: page 322-323.
Mary Reed purchases Brown-Blayley Mansion at 909 Grant for $20,240, as well as $7,760 in improvements, for use by the Lamont School of Music in 1941.
Sources Breck, From the Rockies to the World, 1997, 133.
University of Denver purchases the Lamont School of Music in August 1941.
Sources Breck, From the Rockies to the World, 1997, 133.
School of Music becomes known as Lamont School of Music in 1942.
Sources Card Catalog- Academic Units.
Presenting two advanced music students in a recital at the Student Union (November 27, 1957).

Found in 50 Collections and/or Records:

Box 19: Denver Symphony Orchestra Scrapbook, 1941 - 1957

 File — Box: U070.0019
Identifier: U070.0019
Abstract Contains 1 scrapbook with clippings from collaboration between the Denver Symphony Orchestra and the Lamont School of Music.
Dates: Majority of material found within 1941 - 1957

Chancellor Ritchie Conducting Lamont Symphony Orchestra, 1995

Identifier: U201.02.0141.0001.00001
Abstract Photographic image of Chancellor Daniel Ritchie conducting the Lamont Symphony Orchestra at the University of Denver, circa 1995. Chancellor Ritchie is facing the orchestra and in the forground of the image most of the musicians can be seen.
Dates: 1995

Du Lamont School of Dance Publications, 1956-1959

Identifier: D025.01.0001.0002
Abstract Denver University,Lamont School of Dance Publications, featuring photographs created by Marshall Brooks.
Dates: 1956-1959

Gianni Schiacchi Opera, 1980 February 21

Identifier: U201.01.0070.0007.00002
Abstract Black and white images of Gianni Schiacci opera performed by the Lamont Opera in 1980.
Dates: 1980 February 21

Gianni Schiacchi Opera, 1980 February 21

Identifier: U201.01.0070.0007.00002.00001
Abstract Four actors dressed in period costumes perform a scene from the opera Gianni Schiacchi at the University of Denver on 2/21/1980. The performer on the left is above the others on a small stage and appears to be singing or speaking, with arm outstretched. The other three react to him.
Dates: 1980 February 21

Lamont Concert, 1989 November

Identifier: U201.01.0070.0008.00003.00001
Abstract Photographic image of two male and two female singers dressed in period costume performing with books of sheet music in their hands at the University of Denver in November of 1989.
Dates: 1989 November

Lamont Concert, 1989 November

Identifier: U201.01.0070.0008.00003.00002
Abstract Three musicians in Renaissance era costumes perform while seated at the University of Denver in November of 1989. One musician is playing a trombone, one a tambourine, and one a flute-like instrument. The wall behind the musicians reads: "ART EXHIBIT AND RENAISSANCE MUSIC IN LOBBY 7 PM CONC[letters blocked from view] 8 PM"
Dates: 1989 November

Lamont Faculty Chamber Ensemble, 1957 February

Identifier: U201.01.0086.0016.00002
Abstract Photographic image of the Lamont Faculty Chamber Ensemble, from left to right: Earl Schuman, Wilhelm Schwarzott, and Fred Hoeppnex, at an unidentified place, for the University of Denver, on Feb 1957.
Dates: 1957 February

Lamont School of Music Records

Identifier: U070
Abstract Lamont School of Music was founded in 1924, by Florence Lamont Hinman, and merged with the University of Denver in 1941. Collection contains newspaper clippings, phone lists, posters, brochures, invitations and event advertisements, a file of Music History at DU, meeting minutes, correspondence, publications, accreditation reports, student rosters, memos, handbooks, administrative records, posters, concert programs, tape recordings, photographs, scrapbooks, and the charter for the...
Dates: Other: 1926-2016