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Professor David BellThe clarinet studio at Lawrence is a tight-knit, supportive and engaged group. Whatever their area of concentration might be, clarinetists at Lawrence are all committed to improving their instrumental and musical skills in a focused, fast-paced and challenging course of study.

During any given term, there are between 16 and 20 clarinetists studying for credit. Most are enrolled in the Conservatory pursing a degree in Music Performance or Music Education, or a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Music. In addition, the Studio always has a strong representation of students following a Liberal Arts program who have an interest in continuing to pursue their clarinet playing while at Lawrence, both via non-music majors taking clarinet lessons as well as the BA/BM double degree program.

Clarinet students enjoy a wide variety of ensemble performance opportunities, including two concert bands, a symphony orchestra, and numerous chamber ensembles. Many clarinetist students also become members of the jazz bands, choirs and/or gamelan ensemble as a way of broadening their musical experiences.

Hopefully these pages will give you a glimpse of what we are about at the Lawrence Conservatory Clarinet Studio.  If you are considering applying to Lawrence and clarinet is one of your major interests, please take the time to visit the Conservatory Admissions pages for more specific information about the audition process. Through Conservatory Admissions, you may also request a campus visit, possibly including a sample lesson with Prof. Bell.

Should you need more detailed information, feel free to email Prof. Bell directly (david.bell@lawrence.edu).

Clarinet ensemble performing at KaleidoscopeClarinet student playing the bass clarinetClarinet students rehearsing for Kaleidoscope