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Lamont School of Music

 Organization

Sources

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:

Lamont School of Music, University of Denver Dance Department, between 1950-1959

 Item
Identifier: D025.01.0001.0002.00002
Overview l Leaflet for the University of Denver’s, Lamont School of Music’s Dance Department. The leaflet has a variety of black and white photographs taken of dance students.
Dates: between 1950-1959

Lamont School of Music University of Denver Dance Department, between 1950-1959

 Item
Identifier: D025.01.0001.0002.00004
Overview Leaflet for the University of Denver’s, Lamont School of Music’s Dance Department. The leaflet has a variety of black and white photographs taken of dance students.
Dates: between 1950-1959

Lamont School of Music University of Denver Dance Department, between 1950-1959

 Item
Identifier: D025.01.0001.0002.00005
Overview Leaflet for the University of Denver’s, Lamont School of Music’s Dance Department. The leaflet has a variety of black and white photographs taken of dance students.
Dates: between 1950-1959

Lamont Society Records

 Collection
Identifier: U332
Overview Lamont Society records.
Dates: 1976-2014

Music School Opera Rehearsal, 1986 January

 Item
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

 Item
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

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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

Olietta Moore for Colorado Reflections

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Identifier: couda-moore_olietta
Overview Olietta Moore, a Colorado Native, reminisces on her childhood growing up in the Barnum neighborhood, opening of the Colfax Viaduct, and riding the Barnum streetcar. Discusses writing music, attending the University of Denver at the Lamont School of Music, and entertaining soldiers after World War I. Moore reflects on the creation of the Cosmopolitan Club, fighting against segregation, and the Klu Klux Klan in Denver. Briefly mentions her work as a hard rock miner.
Dates: Date Not Yet Determined

Robert Davine Classical Accordion Music and Long Play Album Collection

 Collection
Identifier: M362
Overview Robert Davine (deceased) was a Professor of Accordion and Theory at the University of Denver's Lamont School of Music until his death in 2001. Robert Davine founded the school's accordion department in the late 1950s, and was the recipient of the Distinguished Teaching Award for 1998 - 1999. The collection consists of sheet music and scores for various classical accordion compositions, as well as apporximately 50 LP vinyl albums.
Dates: 1760 - 1992