Register for an audition
After you have completed your application to Lawrence using either the Common App or the Lawrence App, you have several options for how and when you can complete an audition for admission to the Conservatory of Music.
Lawrence University strongly encourages on-campus auditions as it gives you a chance to meet with our faculty, current students and even hear some ensembles. However, if traveling to Appleton is not an option, we do offer regional auditions in select cities around the United States. A Conservatory Admissions team member will record audition and will meet with students during their time slot. Members of the faculty do not attend regional auditions.
If you would like to submit a recording, please see below for deadlines and requirements.
SPECIAL NOTE FOR STUDENTS USING OUR EARLY ACTION 1 OR EARLY DECISION APPLICATION DEADLINE:
In order for us to have ample time to schedule your audition and prepare for your visit to campus, you must submit your application to Lawrence by October 29 (or much earlier!). Once you've submitted your application, you will get an email with a link to sign up for your audition. Do not wait to sign up for your audition as audition slots will fill up quickly!
Please reach out to Kate Bittner, Director of Conservatory Admissions, with any questions or concerns at email@example.com.
On-Campus Audition Dates
On-Campus Audition Dates for 2019-2020:
- Early Decision and Early Action 1 Applicants: November 2, 2019
- Regular Decision Applicants: January 18, 2020; February 8, 2020; February 22, 2020
Students wishing to pursue a music major at Lawrence must use the audition date that corresponds with their application timeline.
2020 Audition Regional Locations
For Regular Decision applicants only.
January 11, 2020: Interlochen, MI
January 20, 2020: Chicago, IL
January 22, 2020: Los Angeles, CA
January 23, 2020: New York, NY
January 24, 2020: San Francisco, CA
January 26, 2020: Houston, TX
January 30, 2020: Denver, CO
February 1, 2020: Seattle, WA
For students who are applying either Early Action 1, Early Decision or Regular Decision. If distance prevents a live audition, either on campus or at a regional site, a video recording may be submitted to your application status page.
- 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.
- Any student submitting a video must also complete an audition registration form (that form is e-mailed to you after you apply).
Handy tips for making a great recorded audition
- Make sure you don't have a bright window behind you in your video.
- Find a space with good acoustics - if you have access to a large rehearsal room, church sanctuary, or performance stage, those are great places to start. Ask your music teachers for recommendations.
- If you're performing with an accompanist, make sure that your accompanist is not playing louder than you! Good balance in a recording goes a long way.
- If possible, use higher quality recording equipment, like a Zoom recorder or a video camera with a good microphone.
- If you're submitting more than one piece for your audition, please upload separate videos for each piece. It will make the uploading process much easier.
- Finally, perform as if you are performing for an audience! We want to see your stage-ready performance, expression, and musicality come through.
If you applied using our Early Decision or Early Action 1 deadline, your recording is due on November 2, 2019.
If you applied using our Regular Decision deadline, your recording is due on January 18, 2020.