Prepare for a life of music creation.

Want to compose for a string quartet, write music for Balinese gamelan instruments, or delve into electronic composition? You can. As you strive toward shaping and achieving your goals, you'll be guided and mentored to forge your own individual path with composition. With a focus on craft and technique, you'll have the knowledge and support you need to explore and discover the many possibilities inherent in your work. 

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?

Discover an array of courses that will teach you composing, arranging, orchestration, and more.

Explore what comprises a major in music composition.

Talented composers will guide you on your composition journey.

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Musical Mentoring

The composition studio encourages your individuality to shine through each note you write. Faculty help you develop into a mature, professional composer with a unique point of view. Engage in sophisticated and nuanced artistic interaction and analysis. Be supported and guided while being pushed outside of your comfort zone to discover the true extent of your potential and possibilities. Your individual artistry is respected as faculty help you focus on craft and technique to develop a sound that is truly your own.

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Tools of the Trade

You'll have access to a wide array of tools and technology, including an electronic music studio and software like Finale, Sibelius, and Logic Pro.

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New Music, Your Music

With a studio recital every term, the New Music at Lawrence concert series, opportunities to write for one of the large ensembles, workshops, and more, you have so many opportunities to write, perform, and experience composition and performance.

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Pride in your work

You'll be prepared for a life of music creation, whatever your path. Faculty work with you to prepare a portfolio that showcases your best work, including impeccable score notation and high quality recordings that represent your achievements.
 

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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. 

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Performance & Ensemble Opportunities


Performance and ensemble opportunities abound, from large orchestras to small chamber ensembles, choirs to jazz bands. Explore a diverse range of styles and repertoires and take part in professional performance alongside your peers.

Interested in jazz composition? Lawrence offers an award-winning jazz & improvisational music program.

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Music Composition Outcomes


A blend of academic understanding and musical skill creates diverse career paths for composition students.

On Any Given Day...

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

Life at Lawrence

This is Lawrence - SOL Studios

SOL Studios are student created and operated recording studios on the Lawrence University campus. The organization is free and open to all Lawrence students (regardless of musical interest or major), and houses a range of available instruments and recording technology. Moreover, SOL Studios is a musical community and safe space, where students learn from and support each other.

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Study Off Campus

Combine a large conservatory with a bustling global city and take advantage of all the musical opportunities Amsterdam has to offer from classical to contemporary. 

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.

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