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Laurence Kaptain

About Laurence Kaptain

The College of Arts & Media at CU Denver We envision a world made smaller, and more fully human, by the artist’s interpretation of the human experience. Our students come to us with passion for artistic expression. Our goal is to send them out into the world confident of purpose, ready to succeed. Mission Our mission is to effect change by preparing students to successfully pursue their passions. Our students acquire the skills they need to excel in an academically rigorous, experiential learning environment energized by creative exchange, real-world experience and diversity of voice. Laurence Kaptain, Dean of the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver, brings 16 years of higher education leadership experience at leading public and private universities to his new assignment. As a recording artist he can be heard on a Grammy-winning recording (2001) with New York's Orpheus Chamber Ensemble, as well as numerous recordings with the Chicago Symphony (Solti, Boulez, Jarvi), St. Louis Symphony (Slatkin), St. Paul Chamber Orchestra (Wolf) and LaScala Opera (Reynolds). He is currently a Fellow in the Royal Society of the Arts, a member of the National Advisory Board of the Strategic National Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP), a member of the Board of Directors of the Denver School for the Arts Foundation, Dr. Kaptain served as the Director of Creative Initiatives in the Department of Research and Economic Development and Paula Manship Professor of Music, and prior to that, Dean of the College of Music and Dramatic Arts and Penniman Family Professor of Music at Louisiana State University from 2009-14. Prior to assuming this post at LSU, he was Dean of Shenandoah Conservatory near Washington, DC, Director of the heralded Schwob School of Music in Georgia, and Vice-Provost for Faculty Programs and Academic Quality at UMKC. He received the first doctorate in percussion instruments at the University of Michigan, where he was a Fulbright Scholar to Mexico and received the prestigious Rackham Graduate School Pre-Doctoral Fellowship.

Live sound track to silent film “Faust”

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This link (https://vimeo.com/215526994) is the original video of 1926 Faust and audio CU Denver ElectroAcoustic Ensemble as led by Donald Sosin & Todd Reid performed live for the 2017 Denver Silent Film Festival on 4/29/17. What a great representation of faculty and student talent from the College of Arts & Media. Prof. Todd Reid and musical director Donald Sosin built a silent film accompaniment to Faust in just 2 days. Instead of weeks or months--our students can create a 2-hour soundtrack in just 2 days. Bravo too to Howie Movshovitz for curating this great festival.

CU Denver Art History Symposium. Great presentations by College of Arts & Media student scholars.

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby featherAll of the presentations were terrific examples of the intellectual work going on in the CU Denver College of Arts & Media. My own training being in music, Elena Jones's presentation caught my attention and stirred my imagination. "Supermodel (You Better GesamtkunstWERK!): RuPaul’s Drag Race Seen Through Richard Wagner’s 'Total Work of Art.'"

Celebration of new partnership between Museum of Contemeporary Arts Denver and the College of Arts & Media at CU Denver

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Chancellor Horrell with Dean's Advisory Council member Mariel Rodriguez-McGill
Director of the Museum of Contemporary Art Denver and Chief Animator in the Department of Fabrications Adam Lerner and Dean's Advisory Council Member Robert Leighton Chancelor Horrell and Adam Lerner share a conversation Nice turnout at MCA Denver Art History proferssors Yang Wang and Elisabeth Pugiano Dean's Advisory Council members Patrick Jager and Scott Aller
Director of the Emmanuel Gallery Jeff Lambson and Dean's Advisory Council member Michele Wysocki

CAM “Student Agency” students have breakfast with University of Colorado President Bruce Benson

Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmailby feather Three of our CAM “Student Agency” students have breakfast with University of Colorado President Bruce Benson, prior to their VR & AR demonstration for the CU Board of Regents. Left to right: Tomas Bernal, Ashley Nepomuceno, and Brandon Vargas. #CUintheCity #CUDenver #CUDenverCAM

The First Annual CAM “Pitch” (Business) Competition

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Patrick Jager, Isabella Sandoval, Gaye Leonard and Mike Belitz
Ashley Nepomuceno
Mike Belitz
Gaye Leonard
Don Roberts and his wife Martha
Marianna DiVietro
Angie Buckley, Scholar in Residence for Entreprenurship and Enterprise and founder of the CAM Student Agency

X Alfonso and new Denver friends at Red Rocks

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Sandra Lopes, X Alfonso, Maria Garcia Berry, and Leanna Clark
X Alfonso and Laurence Kaptain
Laurence Kaptain, Sandra Lopes, Maria Garcia Berry, X Alfonso, Leanna Clark, Matt Aho and Martha Luna

Cuban musician/artist X Alfonso visits Comcast Center for Media and Technology at CU Denver

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What a pleasure to have X Alfonso and Sandra Lopes visit CAM, along with Erin Trapp and Maria Valenzuela from the Biennial of the Americas.

X Alfonso, Sandra Lopes, Erin Trapp, Maria Valenzuela, Laurence Kaptain