COVID-19 Information:
  • UPDATE (APRIL 13, 2022): Masking is required in our lobby as well as in in-person lessons, classes, recitals, and auditions.
  • If a registered student has been exposed to COVID-19 or received a positive COVID-19 test, they should submit a report via our COVID Exposure Form as soon as possible.

In order to preserve the health and safety of our community, we have instituted the community safety procedures linked below based upon Lawrence University, CDC, and health department guidelines.

2021-22 COVID-19 Protocol


The Lawrence Community School Logo. It features two stylized sixteenth notes with a tie at the bottom, shaped like a smiley face.

Four photos: a close-up of Girl Choir students singing at a concert, Wind Ensemble students playing at a concert, a young student playing the piano at the Honors Recital, ASTRO students performing at a concert

Welcome to the Lawrence Community Music School!

Founded in 1874, the Community Music School is a nonprofit division of Lawrence University that provides music-making opportunities to individuals of all ages and abilities in Northeast Wisconsin. Visit our Musical Opportunities page for more information on each of our programs, including private lessons, classes, ensembles, and more.

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 our interest form.

Interest Form



Office Closure: June 25–July 4
The Community Music School office will be closed June 25–July 4. Phone and email messages will not be monitored during this time; payments and written communication can be left in the secure drop box to the left of the front door. The office will reopen on Tuesday, July 5.
2022 Senior Showcase
Congratulations to our senior students who will be graduating this spring! Our Student Spotlight page has been turned into a Senior Showcase to celebrate their achievements as we send them off on their next adventure. We are grateful to have been part of their musical journey and wish them the best!

Graduating Seniors can fill out our online form to be featured in the showcase.
2022-23 Ensembles: Auditions & Registration
  • Girl Choir - Grades 3-12, auditioned
    • Girl Choir singers develop vocal technique, musical skills, creativity, expressive artistry, and an awareness of various cultures. Six auditioned choirs are primarily organized by age and stage of vocal development and secondarily by musical skill, allowing us to tailor the curriculum to meet the specific needs of our students

  • Alums' Choir - Adult Girl Choir alums, non-auditioned
    • ​Join us on Thursday nights for an adult reunion choir! Those who sang with the Girl Choir program for any length of time are welcome, as are alums of all gender identities; participants should be able to sing repertoire fluidly and comfortably in the treble range.
  • Lawrence Youth String Orchestra (LYSO) - Grades 5-8*, auditioned
    • LYSO is the preparatory orchestra for the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Orchestra program. The ensemble provides dedicated string students a first opportunity to rehearse and perform engaging orchestral music within an ensemble of motivated peers. (*Students who study with a private instructor and meet audition requirements are welcome to audition in grade 4.)
  • Symphonic Band - Grades 7-12, non-auditioned
    • Symphonic Band students strive for a high level of musical performance in an environment driven by collaboration and camaraderie. It is an appropriate first step for students who wish to play in Wind Ensemble, our auditioned honors band.
  • Wind Ensemble - Grades 10-12, auditioned
    • Wind Ensemble provides an environment for advanced woodwind, brass, and percussion players in to experience masterpieces of wind literature and work toward a goal beyond the accepted norm. Involvement in the program is invaluable for students who desire to continue their musical journey into college, allowing them to stand out as passionate musicians and dedicated members of an honors ensemble.




100 West Water Street
Appleton, WI 54911


711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911



M-Th8:30–4:00 p.m.
F: as needed


M-F8:308:30 p.m.
Saturday and Sunday as needed

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