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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:

University of Denver Lamont Benefit Concert, 1996

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Identifier: U300.01.0068.00091
Overview University of Denver (DU) Pioneers student orchestra performs for the Lamont Benefit Concert.
Dates: 1996

University of Denver Lamont School of Music, between 1941-1985

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Identifier: U201.01.0019.0027.00001
Overview Exterior view of the Lamont School of Music building at 909 Grant Street on the University of Denver campus in Denver, Colorado, which was home to the school from 1941 to 1985.
Dates: between 1941-1985

University of Denver Lamont School of Music, between 1985-2002

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Identifier: U201.01.0019.0027.00002
Overview Exterior view of the Houston Fine Arts Center on the Park Hill Campus of the University of Denver, home of the Lamont School of Music from 1985 to 2004.
Dates: between 1985-2002

University of Denver Lamont School of Music, 1983 July 14

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Identifier: U201.01.0019.0027.00003
Overview Set of black and white negatives with contact sheet of exterior views of the Lamont School of Music building at the University of Denver in Denver, Colorado.
Dates: 1983 July 14

University of Denver Lamont School of Music, 1980 June 19

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Identifier: U201.01.0019.0027.00004
Overview Set of black and white negatives with contact sheet of exterior views of the original Lamont School of Music building on the University of Denver campus at 909 Grant Street in Denver, Colorado.
Dates: 1980 June 19

University of Denver Lamont School of Music Dance Department, between 1957-1958

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Identifier: D025.01.0001.0002.00003
Overview Leaflet for the University of Denver’s, Lamont School of Music’s, Dance Department for the term: 1957-1958. Leaflet includes a list of modern dance classes offered for children, teens and adults.
Dates: between 1957-1958

University of Denver Land Development Plan, between 1955-1965

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Identifier: U201.01.0023.0001.00012
Overview Exterior view of the University of Denver's Land Development Plan.
Dates: between 1955-1965

University of Denver Newman Performing Arts Center, 2000

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Identifier: U201.01.0023.0014.00003
Overview A group of individuals pose with hard hats and shovels during the groundbreaking for the University of Denver Newman Center for the Performing Arts in Denver, Colorado. Chancellor Dan Ritchie is visible fourth from the left.
Dates: 2000

University of Denver's Lamont School of Music, 1997

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Identifier: U201.01.0031.0007.00060
Overview Aerial view of Lamont School of Music on the University of Denver Park Hill Campus in Denver, Colorado.
Dates: 1997

Young Girls Dance In Class, 1952

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Identifier: D025.04.0001.0007.00004
Overview A group of young girls dance while Vera Sears plays a drum and instructs a class at the Children's Dance Theatre in the Lamont School of Music in Denver, Colorado. Lucy Brooks (left), daughter of Carolyn Durand Brooks and Marshall Brooks, and Melissa Weller (right) are pictured.
Dates: 1952