Piano at Lawrence is excellence in performance paired with transformative community engagement, genre-defying entrepreneurial concerts and projects, award-winning jazz, and a tight-knit community that is passionate about the piano and keyboard instruments. You can explore concentrations in pedagogy, collaborative piano, and jazz.

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?

From competitions to recitals to community engagement, performing and collaborative piano opportunities abound. Discover opportunities with ensembles.

The program is led by world-renowned pianists and supported by exceptional visiting artists.

Discover the many paths open to Conservatory graduates. 

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Studio Culture

When Lawrence pianists talk about their program, the word “close” comes up quite a bit. You’ll work hard together in lessons, recitals, coaching, and studio classes, and bond with weekly studio dinners, department meet-ups, and weekends at Bjorklunden. You'll perform for one another and faculty in studio classes and collaborate in chamber ensembles. Piano at Lawrence helps you figure out who you are as a musician and what kind of musical life you want to build for yourself, whether that is being a concert pianist, running your own studio, collaborating with new music groups, teaching at a university, playing at the local jazz club, and many other options. No matter your goals, you are welcome here.

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So many ways to shine

Piano students compete in and win high-level competitions like MTNA and Schubert Club, attend prestigious festivals, and perform on renowned stages.  

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100+ pianos, harpsichords, & clavichords

The piano program features a variety of instruments for student use, including harpsichords, Steinway pianos, organs, and more. Plus, instruments can be found throughout campus, including in lounges in student residences.

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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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Grand Concerts


Immerse yourself in the music created by members of the piano program with performance videos.

The Lawrence Jazz Ensemble performs on the stage of Memorial Chapel.

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Downbeat Awards in a Row

Lawrence musicians have been consistently recognized by the prestigious Downbeat Awards.

On Any Given Day...

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

Academics

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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Event

Every Monday in Warch Campus Center, students come together to play jazz from 9:30 p.m. until midnight.

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

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