Get to know the Conservatory

After you have completed your application to Lawrence using either the Common App or the Lawrence App, you will submit a self-recorded video audition for consideration for admission to the Lawrence Conservatory. 

Since we're unable to host live on-campus audition days this year due to COVID-19, we're excited to bring you virtual experiences to learn more about the conservatory and meet our faculty and students!  After you've completed your application and submitted your audition, you will be invited to a virtual Lawrence Conservatory Experience where the following topics will be covered:

  • Financial Aid
  • Career advising for musicians
  • Everything you need to know about the Lawrence Conservatory, a chat with Brian Pertl, Dean of the Conservatory
  • Conservatory student panel
  • Music education workshop
  • Jazz presentation and workshop

In addition, you may be able to meet your future studio mates and faculty members via virtual hangouts.  Finally, faculty members may reach out to you for a virtual lesson, meeting, or interview to gather more information after they've reviewed your audition.

Lawrence Conservatory Experience dates:
November 8, 2020
January 24, 2021
February 7, 2021
February 21, 2021

Please reach out to Kate Bittner, Director of Conservatory Admissions, with any questions or concerns at

Application and Audition Due Dates

Application Round Application Due Date Audition Due Date
Early Decision (binding) November 1, 2020 November 1, 2020
Early Action 1 November 1, 2020 November 11, 2020
Regular Decision January 15, 2021

January 25, 2021

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

Self-Recorded Auditions

Due to COVID-19 and in an effort to keep all students and faculty safe during these unprecedented times, we will require all auditioning students to submit a self-recorded video audition through their application status page for the 2020-21 application cycle.

  • Recordings should be of the best possible audio-visual quality and must be properly labeled with name, instrument/voice part, and repertoire.
  • Acceptable video formats include: .mov, .wmv, .avi, and .mpeg.
  • Auditioning students must also complete an audition registration form that you will have access to after you upload your audition video.

Music Education Workshops

The Music Education Workshop is an extraordinary opportunity for prospective applicants to experience hands-on aspects of the Music Education program at Lawrence University.  Led by current faculty and students, the workshop sessions will familiarize students with creative and engaging teaching techniques including movement activities, conducting, pedagogical teaching and combining the liberal arts within a practical classroom setting.  Participants will conduct, critique a mock performance, demonstrate elements of music on their primary instruments and teach simple rhythmic or melodic passages to their peers.

(Students must complete their application before registering for the workshop).

Music education workshops will be held via Zoom for the 2020-21 application cycle. Specific dates TBD.

Please click on the link below to find out more!

Music Education Workshop