Musicians need to be smart, agile, innovative, collaborative, and entrepreneurial—inside and outside the world of music. Lawrence University offers the ideal environment for today's aspiring musicians and powerful preparation for a musical life: you'll experience both a world-class conservatory of music and a leading college of liberal arts and sciences.

Be the light. Share your music.

How to Apply to the Conservatory

In order to register for an audition for the Lawrence Conservatory of Music, please follow these steps:

  1. Complete an application to Lawrence using the Common Application or the Lawrence Application.
  2. Register for an audition and submit your music supplemental items (music resume and music teacher recommendation). Once your application is submitted along with your supplemental documents, you will receive an email with a link within 24 hours to register for an audition.  You can also register for an audition through your Application Status Page.
  3. Complete an on-campus audition, regional audition, or submit a self-recorded audition by the deadline that corresponds with your application timeline. (i.e. If you applied to our Early Action 1 or Early Decision deadline, you must audition on or by November 2.)
  4. Once you have submitted your application and completed your audition, you will receive one Lawrence admission decision to the degree program you applied.
Use the tabs to the left to find out more about audition requirements for your instrument, audition dates, and frequently asked questions.

**If you are an international student who would like to pursue a music degree, please make sure to use the international admissions checklist when applying.

What We Consider

  • Common Application or the Lawrence Application (we accept either)

  • Letter of Recommendation (from an academic teacher) 
  • Transcripts
  • Test scores (if you wish, as we are test optional)
  • Interview (recommended, not required)

In addition, all music applicants must:

  • Schedule and complete an audition
  • Submit a music resume
  • Submit a music teacher recommendation

All above materials must be submitted by the chosen application deadline.  


Students are required to complete an application before registering for an audition.  Auditions are required if you:

  • plan on pursuing any of our degree options with a major in music (including a Bachelor of Arts with a major in Music - Music-B.A.)
  • ​plan on majoring in something other than music and are interested in our Ensemble Award

Auditions are recommended if you are considering:

  • a music minor
  • ​private lessons or participating in ensembles

Visit our Music Scholarships page for additional requirements for scholarships and awards. 

Audition Dates

Music Resumé

A music resume details your musical experiences such as solo and ensemble, master classes, summer festivals, private lessons, competitions, etc.  You can either complete our resume form below, or simply use it as a guide to get started on your own music resume. Your resume is due by the application deadline.

Music Resume Form

Music Teacher Recommendation

In addition to your academic teacher recommendation, you will also submit a music teacher recommendation. This letter of recommendation can be completed by your private music teacher, high school music teacher, or other teacher who can best speak to your musical abilities.

After you submit your application to Lawrence, the teacher you listed as a reference will receive an e-mail with our link to submit a music teacher evaluation. Your evaluation is due by the application deadline.

Deadlines and Audition Dates

If you'd like to set up an audition during the summer of 2020 to attend Lawrence in the fall, please email Kate Bittner, Director of Conservatory Admissions, at

Thank you for your interest in the Lawrence Conservatory of Music!

Your Musical Interests

Interested in the Lawrence Conservatory? Want to hear more about it? Do you want the Lawrence Conservatory to hear more about you?

Fill out our Music Interest Form:

Music Interest Form