Perform with a broad and deep array of large and small ensembles across many genres and styles. You’ll have access to orchestras, bands, choirs, jazz ensembles, chamber groups, and world music ensembles. You can even create your own performance groups. 

Lawrence’s award-winning ensembles offer life-changing musical experiences for all students.

Wind Ensemble playing instruments


Two large bands: Lawrence Wind Ensemble and Symphonic Band 

Both bands offer high-caliber performance opportunities. These ensembles perform multiple times a year and explore both classical and deepening and expanding repertoires.

Choir singing


Four large choirs: Cantala, Concert Choir, Viking Bass Clef, and Viking Chorale

There’s a place for you in the choir at Lawrence. Experience exceptional performances and world-class training.

Symphony Orchestra performs in Memorial Chapel


Two orchestras: Lawence Symphony Orchestra (LSO) and Lawrence Chamber Orchestra (LCO)

Experience one of the country’s premiere undergraduate orchestras with LSO and develop chamber skills and leadership with LCO.

Guitar, bass and drum players


Three large jazz ensembles: Lawrence University Jazz Ensemble (LUJE), Jazz Band, and Jazz Workshop.

It’s no surprise one of the nation’s best jazz programs offers some of the nation’s best jazz ensembles, which are consistently recognized with Downbeat awards.

Students performing on stage in Stansbury Theatre

Opera Theatre

Many varied and diverse productions including Main Stage Opera, Fall Scenes, and Spring Scenes.

Opportunities abound, including musical theatre, modern/premiere compositions, and guidance with personalized recital experiences.


Balinese Gamelan, Dance Collective, Improvisation Group (IGLU), Mariachi Ensemble (LUMÉ), New Music Ensemble, Opera Theatre, Percussion Ensemble (LUPÉ) including Sambistas, Kinkaviwo, and Tambo Toke. 

Explore a wide array of genres and traditions.

Want to experience Lawrence’s musical campus without being a Conservatory major? You can. All Lawrence ensembles are open to non-music majors by audition. There are also opportunities to take music classes or private lessons. 

Tashi Litch playing mandoline onstage

Create Your Own Ensembles

The large ensembles at Lawrence are just the beginning. You can create your own small ensembles with your fellow performers. Students regularly rehearse and gig on and off campus with their own ensembles such as chamber groups, bluegrass bands, jazz trios, and more.

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

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