Picture of a violin bridge

Samantha GeorgeProfessor GuThe program at Lawrence for Violin is designed to provide a comprehensive education in performance and pedagogy. Students pursuing a degree in violin may major in performance, music education, or theory/composition. Many students elect to pursue a double-degree program, combining a music degree with a degree from another area of interest. Non-music majors and music minors are welcome to study the violin. Violin students participate in weekly technique and studio classes in addition to their private lessons. Orchestral excerpt courses are also available.

Lawrence University owns several special violins that may be loaned out to students for important competitions and performances, including two violins made by contemporary luthier Douglas Cox, and an Andrea Guarneri violin dating from the 1680s.

Sophie Yang '16, talks about her experience in the LSO concerto competition and at Lawrence.


Students and faculty open a Lawrence Symphony Orchestra concert with Handel's Concerto Grosso, Op. 6, No. 1.

Violins in the Lawrence Symphony Orchestra

String quartet performing

Alumna Martha McDonnell playing violin