Auditioning is part of the admissions process for the Lawrence Conservatory of Music. Learn about the requirements, dates, and procedures below.

How to Apply

  1. Complete all general application requirements
  2. Submit supplemental music requirements:
    1. Music Teacher Recommendation - This may come from your private teacher or an ensemble director. You will be asked to provide their name and email address within your application. They will then receive a link to complete a recommendation.   
    2. Music Resume - This may be completed with your application for admission or through your application status portal after you have submitted your application.
  3. Complete an audition. Learn about audition requirements.

Audition Dates and Procedures

An audition is required for the following degree programs:

  • Bachelor of Music (BMus)
  • Bachelor of Musical Arts (BMA) - Jazz and Contemporary Improvisation
  • Double Degree (BMus/BA)

An audition is not required for admission to the Bachelor of Arts in Music (BA) program. 

Learn about audition requirements by degree program and instrument.


In-person, virtual, and self-recorded audition modes are available with varying dates based on your application round (Early Decision, Early Action 1, or Regular Decision). You may choose any of the audition modes/dates associated with your application round. All modes, dates, and rounds are considered equally.

You must submit an application to receive access to audition registration.

Early Decision/Early Action Applicants

Audition Mode Audition Date
On-campus October 29, 2022 (register by Oct 22)*
Self-recorded Due November 6, 2022

*IMPORTANT NOTE: If you intend to perform an on-campus audition on October 29, you must submit your application and register by October 22.

CELLO: On-campus auditions will be held on alternate dates. Please contact Mary Kate Smith at marykate.e.smith@lawrence.edu to schedule.

Regular Decision Applicants

Audition Mode Audition Date
On-campus February 4 & February 18, 2023 (register by Jan 22)*
Live virtual January 28, 2023 (register by Jan 22)*
Self-recorded Due February 18, 2023

*CELLO: On-campus and virtual auditions will be held on alternate dates. Please contact Mary Kate Smith at marykate.e.smith@lawrence.edu to schedule.

Please email musicadmissions@lawrence.edu with any questions regarding auditions.


PLEASE NOTE: Lawrence will continue to monitor CDC guidance with regards to COVID-19. Students auditioning on campus will be expected to adhere to Lawrence's current safety protocols at the time of audition. On-campus auditions may be subject to cancellation as we seek to protect the health and safety of auditioning students and our campus community.

Review the audition requirements for each instrument and program.

Learn how to prepare for a successful audition.

Explore instruments, ensembles, and faculty in the Conservatory of Music.

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