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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.

Please reach out to Kate Bittner, Director of Conservatory Admissions, with any questions or concerns at katelyn.m.bittner@lawrence.edu

On-Campus Audition Dates

On-Campus Audition Dates for 2019-2020:

  • 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 (full)
January 22, 2020: Los Angeles, CA
January 23, 2020: New York, NY (full)
January 24, 2020: San Francisco, CA
January 26, 2020: Houston, TX
January 30, 2020: Denver, CO
February 1, 2020: Seattle, WA

Self-Recorded Auditions

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 6, 2019.
If you applied using our Regular Decision deadline, your recording is due on January 18, 2020.

Pre-audition day visit activities

We hope you'll join us on campus the day before you audition for an "express" campus visit. You can take a campus tour, sit in on a class, and observe a large ensemble rehearsal.  You're also more than welcome to spend time in our practice rooms and rehearsal spaces for your own audition preparation.  This is a great opportunity to enjoy extra time learning about Lawrence without the added pressure of an audition the same day.

1:15pm - Check in and Welcome Presentation
1:50pm - Campus tour or class observation
3:00pm - Campus tour or class observation
Evening - Observe large ensemble rehearsal (optional), or take that time to prepare for your audition in our practice rooms.

We will also provide you with dinner meal passes in Andrew Commons.  If you would like to attend the pre-audition day visit activities, please be sure to let us know on your audition registration form.  Questions?  Please contact musicadmissions@lawrence.edu.

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).

2019-2020 On-Campus Music Education Workshop Dates:
November 2, 2019
February 8, 2020
February 22, 2020

Please click on the link below to find out more!

Music Education Workshop

Theatre Arts Workshop

The Theatre Arts workshop is designed to connect prospective theatre makers with current theatre faculty and students. Exercises in this workshop will test your workability, collaborative skills and ingenuity. Students can audition for the Theatre Arts Scholarship and attend the workshop the same day.

If you are interested in being considered for a Theatre Arts scholarship, please register for an audition and for the workshop. Follow the link below to the Theatre Department page to register.

Theatre Audition Information & Registration