The University of Denver Lamont School of Music is a premier music performance school in the Rocky Mountain West. One of the tings that I think is unique first about Lamont, is I feel like we have this sweet spot. We are big enough to do very creative things, to have major ensembles, and yet we’re small enough to have personal attention and one-on-one attention to our students. My class sizes are small, I have outstanding professors who really care about me as a human being beyond just my musical progress and my musicianship. Lamont has afforded me so many opportunities that I never would have expected if I had gone to a major conservatory. It came down to which teacher I liked the best and which school was more financially supportive for me to come study because I didn’t have the money to do that. Some things I really appreciated from DU was the fact that the school was small, it was easy to get acquainted with the faculty. We’re still big enough to have a symphony orchestra, opera, wind ensemble, jazz orchestra, and many other multi-genre ensembles. There’s a really wide variety of non-traditional ensembles like the North Indian Classical Dance and the Steel Drum Ensemble. The jazz scene is really strong there’s a jam session every single day of the week, and so there’s just a ton of young musicians where I can find a scene. We rehearse and perform in the Robert and Judi Newman Center for the Performing Arts, and have access to internationally touring artists through our in-house performing arts series, the Newman Center Presents. Gates Hall is one of the best halls that I’ve ever sung in in the world and I’m so privileged to be able to sing in it, as well as Hamilton Hall as a recital hall. Fantastic recording studio. Lamont has practice rooms on the fifth floor, there’s natural lighting, windows, virtual practice rooms. We are within a college of liberal arts and that’s embedded within a nationally ranked research university, and all of that is part of the greater Denver area one of the fastest growing cities in the United States that is culturally vibrant and alive. Being in Denver is just really great. There are a lot of wonderful teaching opportunities and gigging opportunities. We have access to the city but also the mountains, being able to drive 45 minutes and be on a hiking trail or ski. You need to be in an environment that is going to encourage creativity and exploration of new ideas, and to have a level of versatility that I think is something that one can get through a Lamont education dedicated to training students to be successful musicians in the 21st century I invite you to come see for yourself what makes the University of Denver Lamont School of Music so special.