Students can study and experience music through many different ways at Lawrence, whether it is in our Bachelor of Music program, Bachelor of Arts in Music program, our flagship double-degree Bachelor of Arts and Bachelor Music program, or simply performing in ensembles while pursuing a non-music major. No matter what your musical and academic goals are, Lawrence will work with you to achieve them all. 

Deadline/Audition dates

Early Action - November 1
Apply by November 1
Audition on campus or submit a recording (see Audition Registration for dates)
We notify by December 15
You decide by May 1

Regular Decision - Jan 15
Apply by January 15
Audition on campus, regionally or submit a recording (see Audition Registration for dates) 
We notify by April 1
You decide by May 1

Additional Submission Deadlines 
Composition Portfolio
Early Action: November 1
Regular Decision: January 15

What We Consider

  • Common Application (including Lawrence specific essay) or the Lawrence Application (we accept either)

  • Letters of Recommendation (typically an academic teacher) 
  • Transcripts
  • Test scores (if you wish, as we are test optional)
  • Interview (recommended, not required)

In addition, all music applicants must:

  • Schedule and complete an audition
  • Complete a music resume
  • Submit a music teacher recommendation

All above materials must be submitted by application deadline.  


Students are required to complete an application before registering for an audition. Auditions are required if you:

  • plan on pursuing any of our degree options with a major in music
  • ​plan on majoring in something other than music and interested in our Ensemble Award

Auditions are recommended if you are considering:

  • a music minor
  • ​private lessons or participating in ensembles

Visit our Music Scholarships page for additional requirements for scholarships and awards. 

Audition Registration

Music Resumé

A music resume details your musical experiences such as solo and ensemble, mater classes, summer festivals, private lessons, competitions, etc.You can either submit your own resume or complete our resume form. Your resume is due by the application deadline.

Music Resume Form

Music Teacher Evaluation

In addition to your academic teacher recommendation, you also need to submit a music teacher evaluation. This evaluation can be completed by your private teacher, high school teacher, or other teacher who could speak to your musical abilities.

After you submit your application to Lawrence, the teacher you listed as a reference will receive an e-mail with our link to submit a music teacher evaluation. Your evaluation is due by the application deadline.

Your Musical Interest

Interested in the Lawrence Conservatory? Want to hear more about it? Do you want the Lawrence Conservatory to hear more about you?

Fill out our Music Interest Form:

Music Interest Form

Music Education Workshop

The Music Education Workshop is an extraordinary opportunity for prospective applicants to experience hands-on aspects of the Music Education program at Lawrence University.  Led by current faculty and students, the workshop sessions will familiarize students with creative and engaging teaching techniques including movement activities, conducting, pedagogical teaching and combining the liberal arts within a practical classroom setting.  Participants will conduct, critique a mock performance, demonstrate elements of music on their primary instruments and teach simple rhythmic or melodic passages to their peers. Register for the January 20 or February 24 workshop by filling out an audition registration form. (Students must complete their application before registering for the workshop).

Please click on the link below to find out more!


Music Education Workshop

Theatre Arts Workshop

The Theatre Arts workshop is designed to connect prospective theatre makers with current theatre faculty and students. Exercises in this workshop will test your workability, collaborative skills and ingenuity. Student can audition for the Theatre Arts Scholarship and attend the workshop  the same day.

If you are interested in being considered for a Theatre Arts scholarship, please register for an audition and for the workshop. Follow the link below to the Theatre Department page to register.

Theatre Audition Information & Registration


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