Through studio classes, individualized study, and performance experiences, you'll learn to master the bassoon and contrabassoon.

Grow your artistry, build your technical facility, and expand your musical possibilities in a community of empowerment, collaboration, and support. Hone and challenge your performance skills with a diverse array of solo, chamber, and ensemble experiences. Dig into the transformational power of music through community outreach. Become the versatile and entrepreneurial musician the world needs. Where will your musical journey take you?

Get performance experience in band, orchestra, and chamber music settings.

The bassoon program is led by Professor Carl Rath.

Discover the many paths open to Conservatory graduates. 

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Studio Culture

Grow your relationship with your instrument in an environment that is friendly, encouraging, and founded on trust and respect. A flexible approach to instruction means you receive individual lessons tailored to your professional goals. You'll also learn the tools of the trade, literally. The practice of reed making is unique to double reed instruments, and you’ll hone your craft in Lawrence’s own double reed workshop. 

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The Power of Collaboration

What happens when you combine a world-class conservatory with a world-class college? An unmatched undergraduate musical education. At Lawrence, the Conservatory and College experiences are intertwined. Multiple degree options let you be your own muse by connecting your musical passions with your academic interests. 

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Catch a ViBE

The Viking Bassoon Ensemble is a performance group exclusively for bassoons. Enhance your performance skills like balance and intonation while exploring a wide-ranging repertoire and discovering traditional and non-traditional performance styles. And, of course, you'll also have access to an array of orchestras, bands, and chamber groups.

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Sound the Retreat

Bond with your fellow musicians, focus on your craft, and immerse yourself in natural beauty during retreat weekends at Björklunden, a 441-acre estate on the shores of Lake Michigan.

On Any Given Day... an array of opportunities that await you at Lawrence University.

Music & Arts

"Breathe" - a multidisciplinary water opera

Breathe: a multi-disciplinary water opera, is an ethereal production that utilizes the Lawrence University Buchanan Kiewit Wellness Center as the performance space. 

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Music is woven into life at Lawrence. Wander campus and you'll hear students practicing piano in lounges, violins in Warch, and horns outside.

A musical life awaits. Take the next steps by applying and auditioning.

The best way to find out if Lawrence is the university for you is by visiting.

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