There are many opportunities to be involved in music at The Lawrenceville School. In addition to the music curriculum which offers foundational courses as well as courses in performance, music production, composition, and music history and theory, we offer six performing organizations: the Collegium Lawrenceville, the Lawrenceville Community Orchestra, the Lawrentians, Community Singers, the Jazz Ensemble and the Jazz Lab Band.
These groups perform their concerts on the main stage of the Kirby Arts Center, the Edith Memorial Chapel and in the Clark Music Center. Concerts include the monthly Midday Music concerts performed at lunchtime on Fridays in the Clark Music Center Atrium; Student Recitals—concerts offered in the winter and spring introducing new performers as well as experienced ones to the community, and our formal ensemble concerts throughout the year. Additionally, the Performing Arts Department creates exciting collaborations among its three components—music, theatre and dance—with the fall musical, performed over Parents’ Weekend.
The Allegro Club is organized by music students for music students and offers them not only a place to gather informally, but also provides a focal point for them to produce and perform their own music on campus at any number of venues. They are also instrumental in assisting the music faculty organize, publicize and set up musical events on campus. The club is advised by the music faculty who help facilitate making the club’s vision a reality.
Private Instruction Program
One of the many strengths of the music program is our Private Instruction Program. Enrollment in the program is especially noteworthy, as it typically includes about 25-33% of the school’s 750 students. They can enroll for lessons on their instruments or for their voice type, and, under this program, the department offers Midday Music concerts and the Student Recitals for the program’s students. All advanced students are encouraged to audition for performing with one of the school’s orchestras at different concerts during the year for which they can perform a concerto movement for their instrument or perform a work for their voice type. There are many opportunities for performances throughout the year.