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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:

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. 108, 2000 October 5

Identifier: clarion_v108_20001005
Overview Hackers invade DU’s Internet server. Music school on its way. Stretching, walking, racing for life. Student appears on PBS news.
Dates: 2000 October 5

The Denver Clarion, vol. 108, 2001 February 8

Identifier: clarion_v108_20010208
Overview Campus Safety comments on alleged sexual assault. Jazzin’ it up – Legendary musician plays at Lamont. DU fights predator drugs.
Dates: 2001 February 8

The Denver Clarion, vol. 34, issue 20, 1957 November 27

Identifier: clarion_v034i20_19571127
Overview A Heritage Born of Thanks For The Beginning of Nation. Turkey Day Special – Invitation Extended to Families for Thanksgiving Football Tilt. Annual Vesper Program Opens University Holiday Festivities. Registrar’s Office Lists Time, Dates for Next Quarter. Denver SSF Co-Sponsors High School IR Conference. Lamont Soloists Present Recital in Union Today. RILW Coordinator Announces Cut In Expenditures per Student Cost.
Dates: 1957 November 27

The Denver Clarion, vol. 34, issue 56, 1958 May 20

Identifier: clarion_v034i56_19580520
Overview Carol Koehler chosen as “Miss DU”, IFC Picks Outstanding Greek Alum. Phi Beta Kappa Selects Thirteen, Two Faculty Memberships Given. Law Center Building Fund Receives $100,000 Bequest. Opera Workshop of Lamont School Offers Mozart’s “Marriage of Figaro”. Cass Poetry Prizes Awarded Today. Seniors Move to Complete Furnishing of '58 Room Gift. Art Students Schedule Exhibit. “Accents” Winners in Amateur Hour. CCC Union Board.
Dates: 1958 May 20

The Denver Clarion, vol. 37, issue 39, 1961 March 10

Identifier: clarion_v037i39_19610310
Overview Student Senators, Lacking Quorum, Table Amendment. “My Friend, the People’s Poet” Topic of Chancellor’s Address. Mathematics Major Chosen as Phi Beta Kappa Member. Lamont Recitals to Feature Both Students, Faculty. Library Expands Hours for Finals. Student Housing Advance Rental Fee is Subject to July 1 Payment Deadline, AAUP Chairmen, Named by Foster.
Dates: 1961 March 10

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. 68, issue 23, 1964 January 14

Identifier: clarion_v068i23_19640114
Overview Second Symosium Comes to Grips with Problems Concerning Freedom. Perdew No Longer in Americus Jail. Symposium Schedule. Lamont School of Music Faculty Gains Major Authority in Department of Music Education. Turnout Excellent for First of Sunday Suppers. Pictorial History on Sale at Discount on Campus. Reception After Lectures.
Dates: 1964 January 14

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

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