The same music school you know and love with a new name: the Lawrence Academy of Music is now the Lawrence Community Music School!

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

Girl Choir students singing, two ASTRO string bass students posing for the camera, a balinese gamelan class, a student studying music theory on the white board, a private saxophone lesson with an adult student

Welcome to the Lawrence Community Music School!

Founded in 1874, the Community Music School 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 Updates

April 16, 2020:
Following Governor Evers's extended Safer at Home Order, the Community Music School will be closed through May 26. Click here for more information.

April 13, 2020:
At this point, youth ensemble audition dates are still to be determined; we anticipate them taking place in early summer. To those who requested an audition, please watch your email for updates. We are still accepting audition requests. Interested parties should fill out the online audition request form(s) so we have your information on file: LYSO (formerly ASTRO), Girl Choir, Wind Ensemble.

March 24, 2020: 
Click here to read a comprehensive update regarding each affected program.

March 15, 2020:
Due to the COVID-19 virus, all Community Music School programming will be suspended beginning Wednesday, March 18. The Community Music School building will be closed to the public during this time period. We have also canceled all youth ensemble concerts through the Community Music School for this month, which includes Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble, ASTRO and Philharmonia, and Girl Choir. Registered Families: Please check your email for further details.
Concert Ticket Refunds

Due to the COVID-19 virus, all spring 2020 youth ensemble concerts through the Community Music School have been canceled, 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 Community Music School. Your tickets support all the work we do, including providing access to music instruction for 1 in 10 Community Music School students annually who would otherwise be unable to afford it.

For those who purchased concert tickets, refunds will be offered for all canceled Community Music School performances. Please contact the Lawrence University Box Office for information on ticket refunds. The building is closed to outside visitors at this time; families may reach reach the box office by phone at 920-832-6749 or by email at


Senior Showcase

Congratulations, Graduating Seniors! While we can’t celebrate with you in-person, we’re excited to recognize your achievements with a virtual showcase. We'll add a new featured senior each day, so be sure to check back to learn more about your fellow musicians. Our Senior Showcase appears on our Student Spotlight page as well as our social media pages.
Musical Opportunities: Register today!

Come play with us! Registration is open for the following Community Music School programs. Click on the program names for more information and signup.

  • Early Childhood Music
    • Registration is open for our online summer session of Early Childhood Music. Sing, play, and dance along with weekly class videos you can watch at your own pace. Eligibility: children from birth-5 years.

  • Symphonic Band
    • Registration is open for the 2020-21 season of the Lawrence Community 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 student notebook.




100 West Water Street
Appleton, WI 54911


711 E. Boldt Way
Appleton, WI 54911



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