The Ensemble Award is a scholarship for non-major musicians who are interested in taking private lessons in the Conservatory. Winners of the award receive free private lessons and must participate in an ensemble to retain the award. Ensemble Award winners populate all of our major bands, choirs and orchestra and are an integral part of music making at Lawrence.
Candidates for the scholarship must complete a standard conservatory audition, either here in Appleton or at one of the regional sites around the country. More information on the audition process can be found on the Conservatory Admissions page.
*Note: Piano is not eligible for the Ensemble Award.*
Yes - applicants interested in the Ensemble Award can apply to an Early Action deadline (November) and Regular Decision (January).
While music majors are required to submit a music resume (which includes music festivals attended, names of private teachers, repertoire they have been working on) and a music teacher evaluation (from an ensemble director or a private teacher), students auditioning for an Ensemble Award are not required to submit those extra materials.
However, those materials do help our faculty get to know your musical interests and background. While not required, we would encourage you to either submit those optional materials or fill out a music interest form which asks for a bit more specific music information than the application. It's a great way for us to learn more about you (and takes a bit of pressure off the audition itself).
Students who accept the award will still complete the ensemble audition upon arrival in the fall of their freshman year. Information on the audition requirements for Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band and Orchestra can be found here, and information on the audition requirements for choirs at Lawrence can be found here.
No. Whenever a student is in an ensemble they can take private lessons, so, if a student takes a term off from ensemble participation, they do not receive free lessons that term. However, at any point that student can re-enroll in the ensemble and regain their free private lessons.