For a young classical singer, the undergraduate years are foundational to their ongoing development.  At Lawrence, with our balanced program of training, singers are well equipped to move out into the world of performance, graduate studies, young artist programs, choral employment, and if desired, teaching.  Excellent and healthy voice training is the bedrock of our program, which, coupled with our award-winning opera training curriculum and our nationally recognized choral program, serves to form well-educated and well-balanced singers for the 21st century.  Core studies in music theory and musicology prepare independent musicians, language and diction studies, voice science and pedagogy round out the training of our students.  Explore the sidebar for performance opportunities and other important information.  The rigorous but collegial setting of Conservatory within a liberal arts university encourages a broad and versatile “growth mindset” that prepares young singers for any number of careers in music and beyond. 

The Voice Department has a distinguished history of success in preparing singers for the professional world. Lawrence graduates have consistently won major competitions, including:

  • Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions (three national winners)
  • Houston Grand Opera Eleanor McCollum Competition
  • Classical Singer National Competition
  • MTNA’s national competition and others. 

Recent graduates are performing with opera companies around the world, including:

  • The Metropolitan Opera
  • Houston Grand Opera
  • San Francisco Opera
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
  • Santa Fe Opera
  • Deutsche Oper
  • Florida Grand Opera
  • Seattle Opera

Recent alumni have been selected for prestigious young artist programs, such as:

  • Lindemann Young Artist Program (Metropolitan)
  • Houston Grand Opera
  • Glimmerglass
  • Central City
  • Ryan Opera Center (Lyric Opera)

Lawrence graduates have also sung with Chanticleer, Cantus, and other prestigious choral ensembles.

Graduate schools attended by our students include top-ranked programs, such as:

  • The Juilliard School
  • Manhattan School of Music
  • Rice School of Music
  • San Francisco Conservatory
  • University of Southern California
  • New England Conservatory
  • Indiana University
  • Cincinnati Conservatory of Music
  • University of Michigan
  • Eastman School of Music
  • NYU Steinhardt School


Our music education graduates have a 100% placement record, influencing countless aspiring young musicians all over the country as well as internationally.