Welcome to the Lawrence Piano Studios webpage. Please browse at your leisure to get to know faculty, alumnae, and current students. We hope you’ll agree with us that Lawrence is an extraordinary community!
The Lawrence Piano Studios are small enough to be highly individualized but large enough to provide plenty of variety and stimulation. We are an integral part of both a first-rate liberal arts college and a top-ranked conservatory, with all the specialized courses and multiple ensembles that being a conservatory implies. Our students have gone on to virtually every leading graduate program in the country, including Juilliard, Eastman, New England Conservatory, Peabody, and Indiana University among many others. While here some of them have completed degrees in the liberal arts along with their music degrees, others have completed two majors in the Conservatory. Some have completed concentrations in jazz or collaborative arts or pedagogy, others have delved into organ or harpsichord, still others have pursued music education or theory/composition. Most, of course, have been very happy simply to be piano performance majors and to devote maximum attention to their instrument.
As a piano performance major you will receive rigorous training in piano. You will have an hour-long weekly private lesson, a 90 minute weekly studio performance class, classes in keyboard skills (sight-reading, score reading, figured bass, improvisation), an intensive course in piano literature, training in piano pedagogy with our faculty pedagogy specialist, and extensive coaching and experience in accompanying and chamber music. In addition, you will find multiple performance opportunities both on and off-campus. Between the frequent department recitals, your required junior and senior recitals, optional recitals at our beautiful Warch Campus Center, concerts at Björklunden (our wonderful retreat on Lake Michigan) and community outreach concerts organized by our faculty, you will have many opportunities to perform. Many students also perform with their hometown orchestras, present recitals in their own communities, and enter numerous competitions. In fact, Lawrence piano students have recently won both the State and Division MTNA Competitions, Wisconsin Public Radio’s Neale-Silva Competition, the Schubert Club Competition in Minneapolis/St. Paul MN, the Tourgee Debose Competition in Baton Rouge, LA, the Seattle International Competition, local concerto competitions, and many others. In addition, we’re proud that our students receive scholarships to attend summer festivals across the world—recent choices include Chautauqua, Eastern, Bowdoin, Orford, and numerous festivals in Europe. Perhaps you’ll even study for a term or a year in a European capital, as many of our students do. We offer superb programs, specifically designed for musicians, in Vienna, Amsterdam, and Paris. Students have created self-designed programs in many other locations as well.
The list of options here is nearly infinite, and we know you can’t possibly take advantage of all of them. We hope to help you figure out who YOU are as a musician, and to give you all the support we possibly can in the process. The piano faculty will be your advisors as well as your teachers; we will spend countless hours with you, not only at the piano, but in classes, at studio dinners, and at Björklunden. This faculty commitment to the student experience is what makes Lawrence different from other institutions. We love this school—and we know that, should you come, you will love it too.
Please come visit or write to one of us, and see for yourselves!
Catherine Kautsky, Professor of Piano; firstname.lastname@example.org
Anthony Padilla, Associate Professor of Piano; email@example.com
Michael Mizrahi, Assistant Professor of Piano; firstname.lastname@example.org
Mary Van De Loo, Instructor of Piano Pedagogy and Keyboard Skills; email@example.com