Arts and culture are a critical and powerful component of a healthy and vibrant community. Explore the many ways you can make a living in the arts in this career community.

Lawrence University is a creative and vibrant community that is passionate about various forms of expression regardless of one’s major. Combined with the Conservatory, Lawrence offers a wide variety of majors and experiential learning opportunities to pursue your passion for the arts.

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  • Advertising, PR & Marketing
  • Architecture and Planning
  • Design
  • Fashion
  • Interior Design
  • Journalism, Media & Publishing
  • Movies, TV, Music
  • Non-Profit - Other
  • Performing and Fine Arts
  • Tourism

Lawrence is an arts and sciences university which extends beyond the walls of the classroom and music rooms of the Conservatory! Below is a list of academic pages which span the breadth of the visual and performing arts. These departments and programs outline courses and experiencecs that can support your development as you pursue a variety of careers in this exciting community.

M = Major, m = Minor, P = Pre-professional Program, IA = Interdisciplinary area, CD = Cooperative Degree Program

For more information on symbols indicating types of study, visit Lawrence's Academics page


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Student Organizations.

Learn, experience, and give back.

  • Deep Listeners of Lawrence University
  • Diversity in Fine Arts (DIFA)
  • Lawrence Inclusive Theatre
  • Performers Enhancing Diversity at Lawrence
  • Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia
  • Student Produced Amateur Musical Productions at Lawrence University (SPAMALU)
  • Sigma Alpha Iota
  • Student Panel of the LU Symphony Orchestra
  • Students of Lawrence Studio (SOL Studio)
  • WLFM Lawrence Student Radio
See Lawrence's Directory of Student Organizations.

Alumni Contacts

These alumni are available for informational interviews.

Schedule an appointment to meet with an advisor to learn more about informational interviews or to identify more alumni.

Events and Experiences

Women's Choir Presto Tour
Presto! includes three days of music, education and community work in Chicago, with visits to a women’s homeless shelter, several local high schools and the Merit School of Music.
Timeframe: Spring Break

Ensemble Performance
All ensembles are open to students of any major through open auditions and rehearse primarily in the late afternoon and evening time slots to avoid conflicts with other courses.
Timeframe: Varies

Music Students Studying Abroad
Musicians can always benefit from studying in a new environment, with new teachers, and with a new point of view.
Off-campus Programs Application System

List, find and record volunteer opportunities on Lawrence GivePulse.
Timeframe: Year round

LU Research Fellows
As a Lawrence University Research Fellow, you will have the opportunity to participate in student-faculty collaborative research, whether it’s with our professors here on campus or with one of our collaborating off-campus programs around the world.
Deadline: Mid-February

Theatre Department Productions
1 per term. Auditions and production roles are open to all Lawrence students. Always during the first week of classes for the production being produced each term.
The Performing Arts @ Lawrence
Take advantage of the wide selection of performances offered throughout the academic year.

Music for All Program Series
Music for All concert series features interactive performances by Lawrence students and faculty, in collaboration with members of the New York-based chamber ensemble Decoda.
Timeframe: Year round

Access to the Arts
The initiative of the Arts Advocacy program is to form relationships among the community to develop an understanding of how the arts can be of benefit or asset to the Fox Cities community with the help of Lawrence University.
Timeframe: Year round

Harrison Symposium
Special opportunity that recognizes the outstanding work done by Lawrence undergraduates in the humanities and social sciences.
Timeframe: Spring Term

Field Experience in Development Course
Students from a variety of backgrounds join together with Professors Skran and Troy to explore and conduct research each year in either Jamaica or Ghana & Sierra Leone. Volunteer programming each trip includes theatre and music education projects.

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Lawrence has been supported by a tremendous number of alumni, parents and other constituents. One way many of these individuals have given back is through their financial contributions to support the experiential learning of students in the areas of internships, volunteering, research and other areas of investigation into their life after Lawrence. Below is information about some possible sources of funding. If you have questions about these funds please contact The Office of Career, Life, and Community Engagement or click the appropriate links to learn more about how to apply.


The Fred Sturm Inspiration Fund
The Fred Sturm Inspiration Fund has been established to ensure our late professor’s legacy continues for future generations of Lawrentians. This fund will assist students in exploring jazz-related study opportunities to unlock potential and inspire students to reach new levels of insight, mastery and confidence.

Jordheim Fund
Through the commitment and generosity of Lawrence University Saxophone Studio alumni, their parents, and friends of the Saxophone Studio, the Steven Jordheim Endowed Fund for Musical Exploration was established in 2014. The fund supports the creative efforts of current students enrolled in saxophone study at Lawrence, making possible a variety of student projects such as domestic and international travel and study, commissions for new works for the saxophone, recording projects, and performance tours.

Dyrud Family Collaboration Grant
Awards available in support of student/faculty collaborative projects in the visual arts resulting in public exhibition. Award may cover stipends for students, materials, equipment, travel and other production expenses. Projects may be initiated by students or faculty, though preference will be given to students majoring or minoring in art, studio art faculty, and projects that advance creative achievement and innovation. Suggested grant amount $3,000-$5,000.

Con Squared Internships

  • Merit School of Music
    At Merit, our students, who come from every income level and every corner of Chicago, have the rare opportunity to learn together, dream together, teach each other, and broaden horizons while building inspiring lives through music. The main focus of the Merit School internship will be to help and support the Merit library staff. Additionally, the internship will include a number of hours each week providing support in the student services area.
    Award: $5,000 Website:
  • Lyric Opera of Chicago
    Lyric Opera of Chicago exists to provide a broad, deep and relevant cultural service to the Chicago region and the nation, and to advance the development of the art form of opera. This internship will provide the opportunity to work on a variety of projects in preparation for Lyric’s 2018/19 season. This position will assist all major areas of Development, including Donor Records and Reporting, Annual and Planned Giving, Individual Giving, Institutional Partnerships, Women’s Board, Chapters Executive Board/Chapters, Guild Board, Ryan Opera Center Board, and Lyric Young Professionals.
    Award: $5,000 Website:
  • Ensemble Español Dance Company
    In residence at Northeastern Illinois University of Chicago, Ensemble Español is the premier Spanish dance company in the United States. Ensemble Español is offering an internship for any of six available internships (see below link) based on the students interest and organizations need. Award: $5,000 Website:
  • The Center for Deep Listening
    The student intern will work at the Center for Deep Listening at Rensselaer. The internship will include work as a teaching assistant for a course on Deep Listening, working in the Center's extensive archives, and bringing Deep Listening practice into schools. Other opportunities will be dictated by the current needs of the Center. Award: $5,000 Website:
  • New York Jazz Academy
    Alumnus Javier Arau ‘98 is offering an internship at New York’s fastest growing music school. Javier Arau ’98 will integrate the student directly into his administration and engage the intern in strategic planning for his expanding organization. Pending NYJA faculty approval, the intern may have the opportunity to work in a teaching capacity during summer intensive workshops for younger age groups. Award: $5,000 Website:
  • Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute
    This position is to provide general assistance and administrative support for the Community Programs team in Carnegie Hall’s Weill Music Institute, the education and community arm of one of the leading music presenters in the world. The student intern will work with a dedicated staff to help prepare for the season which will include more than 100 events across three different programs. Award: $5,000 Website:

Bridge Fund
Through the generosity of the Lawrence University Alumni Association (LUAA) Board of Directors, the Bridge Fund will support non-profit unpaid internships.

John & Barbara Knapp P’89 Fund for Career Exploration and Development
The John & Barbara Knapp P’89 Fund for Career Exploration and Development will support programs and initiatives designed to expand and enhance students’ understandings of career options. The fund will support experiential opportunities for individual students including externships, informational interviews and internships in a variety of fields.

Hopfensperger Senior Experience Fund
Award supports expenses for Theatre Arts Related Senior Experiences. Apply directly with Theatre Arts faculty.