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DU names Nancy Cochran director of the Lamont School of Music


Nancy Cochran will join DU as director of the Lamont School of Music starting Aug. 1, 2011.

Cochran, professor at Southern Methodist University’s Meadow School of the Arts and former director of its division of music, currently serves as the SMU’s director of chamber music and coordinator of applied studies and performance.

Before moving to SMU, Cochran held the music executive position at Texas Tech University and chaired the instrumental studies division at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she held a faculty position as professor of horn for 28 years.

“I am delighted to join the dedicated and accomplished faculty of the Lamont School of Music and look forward to being part of the University of Denver and the Denver metropolitan area,” Cochran says. “I have been impressed by the traditions of excellence, the stunning Newman Center for the Performing Arts, the impressive support of the Lamont Society and, most especially, the positive and forward-looking energy of the Lamont School of Music faculty and student body. There can only be great things to come, and I am privileged to be a part of the school’s future.”

“We are so pleased to have Professor Cochran join us at DU,” says Anne McCall, DU’s dean of arts, humanities and social sciences. “We are fortunate to have found a highly successful performance artist with extensive university administrative experience. She will be a great leader for the Lamont School of Music.” 

During her time at the University of Missouri-Kansas City, Cochran maintained an active horn performance schedule that included appearances across the United States as well as Russia, China, Japan, Korea, Estonia, Hungary, Poland and England. Cochran also has served as president of the International Horn Society.

She also is active within the National Association of Schools of Music for which she held a regional vice-president position from 2005–08.

Cochran received her training from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Yale University and Ball State University.

Under the leadership of Joe Docksey — the school’s director for the past 24 years — Lamont has nearly tripled its student population to 300 students.

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