The Ensemble Award is a scholarship for non-major musicians who are interested in taking private lessons in the Conservatory. Winners of the award receive free private lessons and must participate in an ensemble to retain the award. Ensemble Award winners populate all of our major bands, choirs and orchestra and are an integral part of music making at Lawrence.
"Can I still apply Early Decision or Early Action and audition for the Ensemble Award?"
Yes! Contrary to the actual music major who must apply Regular Decision, applicants interested in the Ensemble Award can still apply both Early Decision and Early Action.
"Does my acceptance of an Ensemble Award automatically place me into one of the ensembles?"
Students who accept the award will still complete the ensemble audition upon arrival in the fall of their freshman year. Information on the audition requirements for Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Orchestra can be found here, and information on the audition requirements for choirs at Lawrence can be found here.
"Does winning the Ensemble Award force me to take lessons every term at Lawrence?"
No. Whenever a student is in an ensemble they can take private lessons, so, if a student takes a term off from ensemble participation, they do not receive free lessons that term. However, at any point that student can re-enroll in the ensemble and regain their free private lessons.