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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 8 Collections and/or Records:

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

Gianni Schiacchi Opera, 1980 February 21

Identifier: U201.01.0070.0007.00002.00001
Overview 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

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

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

The Denver Clarion, vol. 38, issue 23, 1962 January 16

Identifier: clarion_v038i23_19620116
Overview Educationalist to Lecture – Taylor Talks Jan. 22. “Damsels in Dimension” Set; Women to Reign Seven Days. “Y” Sponsors Red Attorney. Art Director to Offer Talk. Baroque Concert to Show in Union. K-Book From Leaders.
Dates: 1962 January 16

The Denver Clarion, vol. 74, issue 36, 1970 January 21

Identifier: clarion_v074i36_19700121
Overview Birth control aid during open clinic. Argentine students arrive… "Flash" performs at Winter Carnival intercollegiate teams ski and skate. Antigone tragedy presented at LHC. Stanton speaks to SCEC about blind. Music school gives all-faculty concert. Junior high students tour DU campus. Protestant advisors in Student Union.
Dates: 1970 January 21