An individualized oboe program supports your personal goals and interests while you become an essential part of a supportive and collaborative community of double reed performers.

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 many opportunities to perform in a wide range of ensembles.

World-class oboist and Lawrentian herself, Nora Lewis knows the power of combining liberal arts and musical study.

Discover the many paths open to Conservatory graduates. 

Marlee Matthews, a junior, performs in oboe studio with her reflection on a piano in the foreground.

Studio Culture

From constructing custom reeds to performing in chamber ensembles, all of your experiences as an oboist at Lawrence will draw you closer to your fellow musicians and push you as a performer. Fostering an environment of curiosity, discovery, and creativity is a core component of the oboe program. This vibrant learning community draws on both the Conservatory and the College, allowing you to thrive and pursue many passions—from multiple musical degree options to a wide variety of science, social science, math, and humanities majors.

Michael Vandervoort, a first-year, performs in oboe studio.

Hand-crafted excellence

The practice of reed making is unique to double reed instruments, and you can hone your craft in Lawrence’s own double reed workshop, with resources available to students every day.

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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. 

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.