Woodwind students at Lawrence enjoy a remarkable range of performance opportunities. All students engage in the rigorous study of solo, chamber, wind, and orchestral literature, developing strong individual musicianship within the context of an intensive performance environment.
The orchestra performs monthly throughout the year undertaking a wide range of major repertoire, including such works as Stravinsky's Rite of Spring, Berlioz's Symphonie Fantastique, and Mahler's Second Symphony. The Wind Ensemble is renowned for exposing students to contemporary and classical wind literature through performances of such composers as Donald Erb, Paul Hindemith, John Harbison, and Richard Strauss. In addition to ensemble experience, the Conservatory provides extensive opportunities for undergraduate students to perform in weekly studio classes, departmental and individual recitals, and master classes with guest artists.
All students are encouraged to participate in chamber music as part of their ensemble study. Student chamber ensembles, which are coached by artist faculty, perform on and off campus and frequently participate in national and regional competitions. The Woodwind Department’s student chamber music ensembles have been awarded first prizes in the Carmel, Music Teachers National Association, Neale Silva, and North American Saxophone Alliance Saxophone Quartet competitions. In addition, student soloists have been awarded first prize in the Music Teachers National Association Collegiate Woodwind Artist national competition as well as prizes in the North American Saxophone Alliance Classical Saxophone Competition and the Concord Chamber Orchestra Concerto Competition.