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.

Application Deadlines and Notification Dates

Application Round Application Due Date Notification Date
Early Decision (binding) November 1, 2021

December 1, 2021

Early Action 1 November 1, 2021 December 15, 2021
Regular Decision January 15, 2022 April 1, 2022

*Early Action 2 is not available for students applying for a conservatory degree.

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. Submit your music supplemental items (music resume and music teacher recommendation) through your Application Status Page.
  3. Register for and complete an audition. You must submit an application before you can register for an audition. Click here for 2021-22 audition dates and requirements.

**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)

  • Essay
  • Transcripts
  • Letter of recommendation (from an academic teacher) 
  • Test scores (optional)
  • Interview (recommended, not required)

In addition, all music applicants must:

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


Students are required to submit an application before completing 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)
  • ​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

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.

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