Cello at Lawrence will help you discover your own voice and create a distinctive artistic personality through mastering technique and exploration of a wide range of repertoire, from the canonic to the cutting edge.

Grow your artistry, build your technical facility, and expand your musical possibilities in a community of empowerment, collaboration, and support. Hone and challenge your performance skills with a diverse array of solo, chamber, and ensemble experiences. Dig into the transformational power of music through community outreach. Become the versatile and entrepreneurial musician the world needs. Where will your musical journey take you?

Perform with orchestras, chamber groups, and more.

Learn from world-class musicians.

Discover the many paths open to Conservatory graduates. 

Professor Horacio Contreras instructs cello student during studio lessons

Studio Culture

The cello studio celebrates mutual respect, collaboration, creativity, curiosity, and hard work. Creative and critical thinking are used by students and faculty to grow individually as artists and skilled cellists and support the growth of your fellow musicians. You'll have weekly private faculty lessons and performance classes and access to an array of orchestras, bands, chamber groups and more. Nurture your artistic personality while developing the tools to express your skills, ideas, and creativity with your instrument.



David Yudis, a senior, performs during cello studio.

Bach and Beyond

Audible progress. This annual recital maps your progress as a cellist. First-years perform an etude, sophomores a Bach solo suite, juniors a modern work. Seniors choose their own piece to showcase their artistry.

reflected light shining on sheet music

The Power of Collaboration

What happens when you combine a world-class conservatory with a world-class college? An unmatched undergraduate musical education. At Lawrence, the Conservatory and College experiences are intertwined. Multiple degree options let you be your own muse by connecting your musical passions with your academic interests. 

Lawrence Symphony Orchestra performs on stage in Memorial Chapel

LUCE Takes the Stage

Perform works commissioned especially for you and your fellow cellists with LUCE, the Lawrence University Cello Ensemble. You also have access to large ensembles, small chamber groups, and more.

Aerial drone shot of Bjorklunden in Door County, Wisconsin

Sound the Retreat

Bond with your fellow musicians, focus on your craft, and immerse yourself in natural beauty during retreat weekends at Björklunden, a 441-acre estate on the shores of Lake Michigan.

On Any Given Day...

...discover an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.


Find Your Voice at Lawrence

Lawrence Conservatory Voice Students share their connection with music and performance. From the stage to recording studio, students share how they find and develop their unique voice at Lawrence.

A musical life awaits. Take the next steps by applying and auditioning.

The best way to find out if Lawrence is the university for you is by visiting.

Your virtual tour starts at the Arch but be sure to check out Conservatory, to explore learning and performance spaces.