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Redefining a Conservatory Education


Dean of the Conservatory Brian Pertl ’86 and our world-class faculty have created a forward-looking program that is garnering national attention. A recent national feature on the Conservatory was titled “Is This the World’s Most Socially Conscious Music School?” We would answer this question with a resounding “Yes!” We have made astounding progress over the past 10 years, but we need your help to take our vision of redefining a conservatory education to the next level. In this exciting, ever-changing world we live in, music students need to pair core musicianship with intellectual agility, cross-disciplinary problem solving, bold creativity, hands-on internships, and an entrepreneurial mindset. As a world-class conservatory within a world-class liberal arts university, we are uniquely positioned to deliver the holistic, cutting-edge music education our graduates require to tackle the challenges and opportunities of the world today. Be the Light! will help Lawrence solidify its place as a thought leader among music schools from across the globe.  

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To accomplish our ambitions, we seek investments in endowed funds to ensure we can expand and deepen our offerings in socially engaged musicianship and entrepreneurship, broaden our abilities to bring in top performers from around the world to work with our students, solidify our leadership position in incorporating creative flexibility into our core training, and provide much-needed scholarship support for our community-focused Academy of Music. We also aspire to establish permanent funding for new areas of distinction including an artist-entrepreneur in residence program, music-centered internship opportunities, and our visionary Collage program that enables faculty to create unique, interdisciplinary courses across the college and the Conservatory.  






Support the Campaign


Everyone can Be the Light! for Lawrence University and the generations of Lawrentians to come. There are myriad ways to take part in this transformational campaign: GIVE to support vital campaign priorities, ATTEND a regional campaign event or other exciting alumni gatherings near you, and ENGAGE by volunteering as an Alumni Ambassador.