A student in a red outfit playing the piano on stage, two young children playing the drums, an adult student playing the tenor saxophone as teacher looks on, a chamber ensemble group practicing on the Chapel stage with instructor.

Academy Interest Form

Be the music all year long by participating in Academy programs! Please fill out the information below to receive information and a free Academy frisbee.

Interested in Academy Programs

Symphonic Band (Grades 7-12) - Registration is open

The Symphonic Band provides dedicated woodwind, brass and percussion players the opportunity to prepare and perform challenging band literature. The ensemble is open to students in grades 7-12. Band members should have at least two years of experience on their instrument. The ensemble rehearses weekly and performs in November and March of each year. Please visit the Symphonic Band web page for more information and to register. 

Symphonic Band

Wind Ensemble

The Wind Ensemble provides dedicated woodwind, brass and percussion players the opportunity to prepare and perform challenging band literature. The ensemble is open by audition to students in grades 10-12. Wind Ensemble rehearses weekly and performs in November and March of each year.

Auditions are held each spring for the following academic year. Please fill out the information below to receive audition information in the spring.

Academy String Orchestra (ASTRO)

The Academy String Orchestra (ASTRO) is for students in grades 5-8 who wish to begin to perform orchestral music. Emphases include the development of reading and ensemble skills. ASTRO's schedule includes weekly rehearsals (two 10-week semesters) and a performance in November and March. ASTRO is the preparatory orchestra for the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra program.

Auditions are held each spring for the following academic year. Please fill out the information below to receive audition information in the spring.

Chamber Music Ensembles - Registration is open

Small groups provide a rewarding musical experience for students interested in exploring the repertoire and techniques of chamber music. Open to string and wind students, these groups are formed based on ability, experience and instrumentation. Piano students interested in Chamber Music Ensembles should contact the Academy for collaborative opportunities. Please visit the Chamber Music Ensembles web page for more information and to register.

Chamber Music Ensembles

Summer Chamber Music

July 2019
Afternoon camp for string players aged 11-18 years. Please fill out the information below to receive information about next year's Summer Chamber Music.

Girl Choir

The Academy Girl Choir program is the only non-profit girl choir in the Fox Valley region. Through the study and performance of the highest quality music, singers develop vocal technique, musical skills, creativity, expressive artistry and an awareness of various cultures. The program creates an atmosphere that encourages singers to respect the uniqueness of others, to take risks that foster individual growth, and to continue their development into self-assured adults.

In a typical year, more than 300 singers who identify as female are enrolled in the Girl Choir program. They represent more than 50 schools throughout Northeast Wisconsin. Singers are expected to participate in their school music program; Girl Choir should not substitute for curricular music class.

The entire Girl Choir program gives four public performances annually, held in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel in December and March. Older choirs enjoy additional performance opportunities in the wider community and throughout the nation.

Auditions for all choirs (except Ragazze) are held in April for the following academic year. Please fill out the information below to receive audition information in the spring.

Ragazze Girl Choir (Grades 3-5) - Registration is open

Ragazze is a training choir for singers in grades 3-5 who identify as female. No audition required. Singers will learn the basics of healthy singing through the use of folk songs and singing games, and perform on both the fall and spring Girl Choir concerts in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel. Please visit the Ragazze web page for more information and to register.

Ragazze Girl Choir

Gamelan Sekar Kemuda - Fall semester registration is open

The inter-generational (ages 12-adult) gamelan ensemble meets weekly each semester to explore and experience this unique and fun form of music making. No musical experience is required. Please visit the Gamelan web page for more information and to register.

Gamelan Sekar Kemuda


Children's Gamelan - Fall session registration is open

Children aged 5-11 will learn the basics of Balinese percussion music in a positive and cross-cultural environment. Skills emphasized will be rhythmic coordination, memory, and musical and social awareness of fellow students. Director Dewa Ketut Alit Adnyana brings fifteen years of experience teaching children's ensembles. Caregivers are encouraged to stay to assist their children as may be needed. Please visit the Gamelan web page for more information and to register.

Children's Gamelan

Showing Off

June 2019
Musical theatre workshop for high school students. Please fill out the information below to receive information about next year's Showing Off workshop.

Playing Together Piano Camp

July 2019
Afternoon camp for students aged 8-16 years. Please fill out the information below to receive information about next year's Playing Together Piano Camp.

Beginning Broadway

July 2019
Afternoon musical theatre workshop for middle school students. Please fill out the information below to receive information about next year's Beginning Broadway workshop.

Early Childhood Music

A child's musical education begins with the melody and rhythm of the parent's voice. It continues with the support of family and school as voice, body and spirit begin to respond to and create music. Academy classes foster the development and refinement of general musical ability by providing an environment that is rich in the language of music. The activities learned in class are easily repeated at home, thus nurturing basic skills, strengthening the musical bond between child and caregiver, and building support for the future study of any instrument.

Four class sessions are scheduled during the year - an eight-week session in the fall and spring, and a six-week session in the winter and summer.

Registration for the fall 8-week session will open on Tuesday, August 21 at 8:00 a.m. Visit our Early Childhood Music web page for more information.

Early Childhood Music

Music Enrichment for Those With Special Needs

Music-making is the most human of experiences. It is a natural tool of expression that requires no extraordinary talent to experience and enjoy. For those with special needs, being immersed in a music enrichment class is a joyful and potentially transformational experience. The Lawrence Academy of Music offers special needs classes that are designed to facilitate socialization and communication, motivate interaction, improve social skills and, most importantly, have fun through the use of different music techniques and activities. Classes are taught by Sara Devine, board-certified music therapist. The Academy is an IRIS program service provider.

Registration for the fall 10-week session is now open. Please visit the special needs music classes web page for more information and to register.

Music Enrichment for Those With Special Needs

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