Denver, CO,
04:58 PM

Lamont School of Music Director Announces Retirement

Nancy Cochran is leaving next summer after seven years of dedication and leadership

Nancy Cochran, director of the University of Denver’s nationally-recognized Lamont School of Music, announced her retirement in a recent faculty meeting. Beginning in September 2018, Cochran will fulfill her wish to spend more time with her three grandchildren and enjoy her favorite pastime of hiking in the Colorado mountains.

Daniel McIntosh, dean of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences at the university, will begin a national search for a new director.

Cochran is highly respected nationally and by the entire University of Denver community as an innovative, enthusiastic educator and outstanding fundraiser. During her tenure, she has attracted new faculty members with international performance careers and exceptional scholastic qualifications while raising more than $4 million to support Lamont students and programs. Cochran is also active within the National Association of Schools of Music, where she serves as a visiting evaluator for accreditation at universities across the nation.

“Watching Nancy work with students and faculty while interacting with donors and audience members was a real pleasure," says Jan Friedland, president of the Lamont Society, a group of donors who support Lamont. "I can’t imagine how much she will be missed by all of us.”

In her remarks to the faculty, Cochran said, “It has been a joy, an honor and a privilege to serve the students, staff and faculty at Lamont and work with so many wonderful DU colleagues for these seven years. This was a difficult decision for me to make since I truly enjoy being part of Lamont and DU, and I treasure the many friendships that have blossomed since I moved to Denver.”

Cochran also thanked Lamont Society Council members in a message saying, “I have deeply appreciated the support the Lamont Society has provided to our program and send my sincere thanks to each one of you.”

Prior to her appointment in Denver, Cochran served as director of the Division of Music at Meadows School of the Arts at Southern Methodist University, director of the School of Music at Texas Tech University and for 28 years as Professor of Horn in the Conservatory of Music at the University of Missouri-Kansas City. She has appeared as a soloist, chamber music artist, clinician, and orchestral player in the United States and abroad. Solo performances and master class presentations have taken her to Poland, Russia, Korea, Hungary, China, Japan, England, Estonia, Colombia, Canada and throughout the United States. She served as President of the International Horn Society and was a featured soloist and speaker at numerous International Horn Workshops.