Individualized instruction and a special focus on chamber music characterize the viola program at Lawrence.

From weekly technique classes to master classes with visiting artists, you’ll experience the rich world of viola from a variety of perspectives. 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?

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Student Perspective

“People are super involved here, and that culture is really inspiring and forces me to get outside of my comfort zone.”

Mallory Welsch ’24 
Music (Viola Performance) 
Cedar Falls, Iowa 

Music & Arts

Music Tour with a Mission | This is Lawrence

Presto went to Houston! Lawrence visited high schools, worked with community organizations, and performed a one-night-only concert.

Learn more about the performance opportunities from orchestras to chamber music to improvisation.

Study closely with Matthew C. Michelic, Associate Professor of Music.

Discover the many paths open to Conservatory graduates. 

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Studio Culture

Regardless of your academic degree pursuit, the viola studio welcomes violists looking to grow in their musicality. Serving you as both inspiration and a support system, learning from your fellow violists is a strong component of the viola program. The honest and genuine support of the studio is celebrated by viola students, who are all encouraged to forge an individualized path to their own artistry.

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Mindful Movement

Maximize your potential as an artist and performer through balance and efficient movement. Explore the Alexander Technique through classes or independent study.


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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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Put a little LOVE in your heart

Lawrence’s Own Viola Ensemble (LOVE), either as one large ensemble or smaller groups of viola students, performs everything from 17th-century works to contemporary pieces both on and off campus. And that's in addition to other ensembles like orchestras, bands, and chamber groups.

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.

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.