Promptness at lessons and rehearsals is expected. Students who are late for their private lesson cannot be guaranteed their full lesson time. Teachers who are tardy for a student's lesson are required to make up the time by extending past the scheduled lesson time or by arranging to make up the time on another occasion. Ensemble members should note that a maximum of two absences is allowed per semester in order to perform in the corresponding concert; dress rehearsals are mandatory. 

If a student will be absent from a private lesson, they are encouraged to contact their teacher via the preferred method outlined in the front of the Academy notebook. If an ensemble member is going to be absent, they can submit their absence using the online form

Missed Studio Lessons

Make-up private lessons are given only in cases of illness or family emergency. If a student awakens ill, please contact the teacher by 8 am to notify him/her of that day’s absence. Contact information is provided in the front of your Academy notebook. Teachers are not required to make up lessons without this notice. A student may receive a maximum of two make-up lessons per semester.

If a scheduling issue arises due to other activities, family travel, etc, please contact another student in the teacher’s studio to switch lesson times. Teachers are not required to make up lessons missed in these situations. Private studio lessons canceled by teachers or by the Academy will be rescheduled.

Ensemble rehearsals canceled due to teacher illness or weather are not rescheduled due to the constraints of rehearsal space.

Missed Ensemble Rehearsals

When a student commits to an ensemble, she commits to not just the day and time, but to the community of musicians in that ensemble. Academy teachers believe that the rehearsal process is often where the most meaningful musical experiences take place, and is as important as the final concert. Therefore, we respectfully request that rehearsals remain a priority throughout the year. 

If a student has two absences, he may be required to demonstrate readiness by singing/playing individually for the ensemble teacher.  In deference to the ensemble, a student who misses more than two rehearsals will not perform in that semester's performance(s).  Those with more than two absences will, however, be encouraged to attend subsequent rehearsals.

Dress rehearsal attendance is mandatory; ensemble members who miss a dress rehearsal may not perform in the corresponding concert(s). So as not to compromise the ensemble experience, Girl Choir members are not allowed to sing only one concert on performance day. Ensemble rehearsals canceled due to weather or teacher illness are not rescheduled due to constraints of rehearsal locations.

Inclement Weather

Severe weather conditions often prompt area schools to close. Academy lessons, classes and ensembles are not automatically canceled because of weather. In the event Academy classes or lessons are canceled, a message will be left on the Academy answering machine and posted to the Academy website. A student’s individual lesson teacher will notify students of cancelations. The Academy will notify ensemble members if a rehearsal is canceled via email.

We encourage families to use their best judgment regarding travel conditions and to let their teacher or ensemble manager and/or the office know if they will not be attending. Ensemble rehearsals canceled due to inclement weather are not made up. Lessons canceled by Academy teachers due to inclement weather will be made up. If a teacher does not cancel lessons due to inclement weather, s/he is not required to make up the lesson for families who choose not to attend.

If the Lawrence University emergency alert system is initiated during a rehearsal or lesson, all Academy students and faculty must follow the university’s emergency protocol. This includes instances of fire, tornado, or other severe storms.

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A bassoon player playing on the Chapel stage. There are trumpet students behind him.

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