You’ll master the horn in a challenging yet collaborative environment through an understanding of technique, exploratory tutorials, and performance in ensembles. Working with your natural strengths, experience a broad range of material and performance experiences to develop you into a confident, versatile musician.

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?

You'll have opportunities to explore many genres of music through ensembles large and small including orchestras, bands, chamber groups, and more.

Learn more about Ann Ellsworth, assistant professor of music.

Discover the many paths open to Conservatory graduates. 

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Studio Culture

From starting your day with your fellow musicians during group warm-ups to performing with them in ensembles large and small, you'll be part of a close group dedicated to the respect and support of fellow horn players. Meet your individual goals while getting a comprehensive training that emphasizes fundamental techniques and thorough musicianship. Gain knowledge of the natural horn, transposition, a broad range of repertoire, and historically informed performance practice. Focus on efficient sound production in all ranges and technique and fluency in the different styles from baroque to jazz to pop and more. Hone your skills through tutorials, practice, master classes, and performance.


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It’s a LUSH Life

You can make your own pop music video with the Lawrence University Studio Horns (LUSH), perform at formal community events, or serenade the campus during a meal. There are so many opportunities to perform, from bands and orchestras to specialty horn ensembles. The Lawrence Graduate Bayreuth Tuben Quintet (LGBTQ+) is designed to be the ultimate inclusive chamber music experience, celebrating underrepresented music and instruments while finding opportunities for socially conscious community performances.

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Instruments of Your Success

Swiss alpenhorn. Wagner tuba. Natural horn. Discover and play a diverse array of horns. Gain perspective on how horn has evolved and developed.

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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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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.

Open book of music.

Up to $5000

Funds for Conservatory Student Projects

You'll have access to financial support for internships at venues like Carnegie Hall, touring and summer festivals, and even commissioning new works to perform in recitals.

On Any Given Day... 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.

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Music outdoors

Music is woven into life at Lawrence. Wander campus and you'll hear students practicing piano in lounges, violins in Warch, and horns outside.

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.