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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 13 Collections and/or Records:

Du Lamont School of Dance Publications, 1956-1959

Identifier: D025.01.0001.0002
Overview 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
Overview Black and white images of Gianni Schiacci opera performed by the Lamont Opera in 1980.
Dates: 1980 February 21

Lamont Concert, 1989 November

Identifier: U201.01.0070.0008.00003.00001
Overview 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
Overview 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

Music School Opera Rehearsal, 1986 January

Identifier: U201.01.0070.0007.00003.00001
Overview A music director rehearses in a classroom with students singing behind music stands at the University of Denver Lamont School of Music in January 1986.
Dates: 1986 January

Music School Symphony, circa 1976

Identifier: U201.01.0070.0008.00005
Overview Contact sheet of frames reflecting the Music School Symphony's Centennial Symphony at the University of Denver, circa 1976.
Dates: circa 1976

Musical School Symphony, circa 1976

Identifier: U201.01.0070.0008.00005.00001
Overview Photographic image of musicians (from the combined Denver and University of Denver orchestras) looking at sheet music while a musical director instructs them from behind at the University of Denver, circa 1976.The orchestra was preparing for the Centennial Symphony.
Dates: circa 1976

Student Musicians Performing Outdoors, 1976 June

Identifier: U201.01.0070.0009.00002
Overview Photographic image of three student musicians performing outdoors on the University of Denver campus in June, 1976. Left to right: a violin player, a flute player standing in a long dress, and seated cello player also in a long dress.
Dates: 1976 June

The Denver Clarion, vol. 72, issue 23, 1968 January 9

Identifier: clarion_v072i23_19680109
Overview Recent power talk concerns roles, responsibility of students. “Tuition hike most probable” as Willson discusses increases in University budget. Shankar to perform at Denver Auditorium. Economics expert Boulding talks to Bizad students in series program. Baroque concert presentation will feature Lamont faculty.
Dates: 1968 January 9