Welcome to the Lawrence Academy of Music!

Founded in 1874, the Academy of Music is a nonprofit division of Lawrence University that seeks to provide outstanding musical opportunities for individuals of all ages in Northeast Wisconsin. Click here for more information on each of our music programs, including private lessons, classes, ensembles, and other musical opportunities.

If you would like to be added to our mailing list or are interested in private lessons, please click the button below to fill out an interest form.

Interest Form


Click the buttons below to read through our announcements. You can also click here to view our calendar of upcoming events.

COVID-19 Academy Updates

Please click here to read our comprehensive update on all programs.

3/24/2020: Extended Closure
Following Governor Evers's "stay at home" order, the Academy will be closed through April 24. 

3/16/2020: Academy Cancellations and Closure
Due to the COVID-19 virus, all Academy programming will be suspended beginning this Wednesday, March 18. The Academy building will be closed to the public during this time period. We have also cancelled all youth ensemble concerts through the Academy for this month, which includes Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, ASTRO and Philharmonia, and Girl Choir. At this point, auditions and summer programs are expected to proceed as scheduled. 

Registered Families: Please check your email for further details.


Concert Ticket Refunds

We have cancelled all spring youth ensemble concerts through the Academy, which includes Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, ASTRO and Philharmonia, and Girl Choir.

We would be tremendously grateful for anyone willing to consider their ticket purchase a donation to the Academy. Your tickets support all the work we do, including providing access to music instruction for 1 in 10 Academy students annually who would otherwise be unable to afford music instruction.

For those who purchased concert tickets, refunds will be offered for all cancelled Academy performances. The Lawrence University Box Office will be able to begin processing refunds on Wednesday, March 18. The building is closed to outside visitors at this time; families will only be able to reach the box office by phone at 920-832-6749 or by email at box_office@lawrence.edu.

The box office hours are as follows:

  • March 18-21 - 12:30-4:00 p.m.
  • March 22 - closed
  • March 23-28 - 12:30-4:00 p.m.
  • March 29 - closed


Register for an Academy Program

Come play with us! Registration is open for the following Academy programs. Click on the program names for more information.

  • Ragazze Girl Choir
    • Registration is open for the 2020-21 season of Ragazze. Eligibility: students in grades 3-5 who identify as female; non-auditioned
  • Summer Chamber Music Camp
    • This afternoon camp is open to string students ages 11-18 performing at WSMA level A or B.
  • Symphonic Band
    • Registration is open for the 2020-21 season of Symphonic Band. Eligibility: wind and percussion students in grades 7-12, must have at least two years of experience on instrument; non-auditioned


2020-21 Season Auditions

Audition requests are open for the 2020-21 season of our youth ensembles! Click on the programs below for more information and to request an audition.


Report an Absence

  • Ensemble
    • To report an absence from an ensemble (ASTRO, Symphonic Band, Wind Ensemble, Girl Choir), please click here to fill out the Ensemble Absence Form.
  • Private Lesson
    • To report an absence from a private lesson, please communicate directly with your instructor. Contact information is provided in the front of your Academy student notebook.



100 West Water Street
Appleton, WI 54911


711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911



Monday-Thursday8:305:00 p.m.
Friday8:303:00 p.m.


Monday-Friday8:308:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday as needed

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