Author: Sara Rezin

Early Childhood Music Winter Session Added

Lawrence Academy of Music is adding a winter session of Early Childhood Music classes! The six-week session will be held from January 15 – February 23, 2013 at the Academy building, 100 Water Street, Appleton.  Registrations will be accepted beginning Monday, November 12. Interested families can register online, call the Academy at 920-832-6632, or register in person at the Academy office.


Academy Fleece

Show your support of the Academy with a new fleece jacket! The Academy is offering zippered fleece jackets and headbands for families, alumni, and friends.

The outwear is available in navy blue with a white embroidered Academy logo, or red with the white Girl Choir logo.  Orders are being accepted through October 29. The order form is attached, or may be found online at .

Items will be available for pick-up at the Academy office after November 19. Shipping is available for an additional fee.

Appleton Christmas Parade participants are encouraged to wear their new fleece on the parade route.

Order your fleece today!



LAM in Appleton Christmas Parade

Lawrence  Academy of Music has been chosen to have a float in the 42nd annual downtown Appleton Christmas Parade! The theme this year is the music music and lights of Christmas. Would you like to be a part of the fun? We are looking for Academy families who would like to help with construction and decoration of the float, and who might like to ride on the float in the parade. Please e-mail the Academy at and let us know if you would like to join us!


Music Theatre Workshop

On Saturday, July 14 Lawrence Academy of Music held a Musical Theatre Workshop with guest clinician Dr. Corinne Ness of Carthage College, assisted by Carol Jegen, voice teacher at the Academy.  As director of music theatre and opera at Carthage College, Dr. Ness is experienced in working with young singers on musical theatre pieces, especially with the challenges of using the “Broadway belting sound” correctly.  The three hour workshop included individual coaching of the 12 participants by Ms. Ness, and concluded with a recital for families.

Music Camp Students Awarded Scholarships

Emily Marcus and Alex MacRogers were recognized recently with Lawrence Academy of Music Camper of the Week Scholarships. Jackie Page was awarded the Lawrence Academy of Music Recital Full Scholarship and the runner-up award for the recital scholarship was awarded to Paige Owen.

The Camper of the Week scholarship, the camp’s top award, is presented to two participants in the summer music camp and entitles Marcus and MacRogers to a full scholarship as resident campers for the 2013 camp.  The Camper of the Week scholarship is awarded to the student who best demonstrates leadership, good attitude and is respectful and helpful to the staff and their fellow campers. This award is based on voting from the entire camp staff, faculty and counselors. In addition to the individual award, the Lawrence Academy of Music also awarded an additional full scholarship for another student in the band program at each winner’s school to attend next summer’s camp.

The recital scholarship winners are chosen by a panel of faculty from the academy, and are based upon the technical difficulty of the piece, expressivity and maturity of performance.  Jackie Page, flute, performed the Adagio and Allegro from George Frederic Handel’s Sonata No. III in G Major to win the full scholarship as a resident camper for the 2013 summer camp. Paige Owen, alto saxophone, performed Ryo Noda’s Improvisation I to win the runner-up half scholarship as a resident camper for the 2013 summer camp.

Springtime is Audition Time!

Participating in a large ensemble is a great way to creatively develop musical skills by rehearsing and performing with other students who share a love of music.  The Academy of Music has nine large student ensembles, including six girl choirs, two bands and an orchestra.  Membership in the ensembles is determined by auditions held each spring. Visit the Academy website for descriptions of each ensemble, audition requirements, and dates. Sign up now for an audition time by registering online (Girl ChoirSymphonic Band, Wind Ensemble and ASTRO)  or by mailing an audition form to the Academy.

Audition dates:

Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble: April 2 and 9

Academy String Orchestra: May 6

Primo Girl Choir: April 23 and 24

Allegretto Girl Choir: April 23 and 24

Intermezzo Girl Choir: May 2 and 3

Cantabile Girl Choir: April 21 and 23

Bel Canto Girl Choir: April 22 and 30

Ensemble Concerts

Academy ensembles will present two concerts this weekend in the Lawrence Memorial Chapel.

The Academy String Orchestra (ASTRO), with members from throughout the Fox Valley in grades 5-8, will join with Fox Valley Symphony’s Philharmonia at 3 p.m. for their spring concert.

The Symphonic Band and Wind Ensemble will play at 7 p.m. in the chapel. The Symphonic Band includes wind and percussion students in grades 7-9, and the Wind Ensemble members are in grades 9-12.

Tickets for both concerts are $7, general admission, and available at the Lawrence box office, 920-832-6749.

Youth Competition Winners Announced

The Fox Valley Music Teachers’ Association Young Artist Festival and the Fox Valley Symphony Youth Soloist Competition are pleased to announce winners in their recent events. Both competitions offer young musicians a performance experience, judge’s written comments and an opportunity to compete for cash prizes. Congratulations to all Academy of Music students who participated and to the following award winners:

Fox Valley Symphony Youth Soloist Competition,  January 14, 2012

2nd place:  Alicia Mose, student of Samantha George

Finalist:  Paige Erickson, student of Yuliya Smead


Young Artist Festival, February 4, 2012

Junior String Competition

1st place:  Nathan Mose, student of Miyoko Grine

2nd place:  Ana Knighten, student of Janet Bond Sutter


Junior Piano Concerto Competition, Grades 6-7

2nd Place:  Samuel Mast, student of Catherine Walby


Young Voice Competition, Grades 10-12

1st Place: Claire Powling, student of  Carol Jegen

2nd Place: Emily Ament, student of  Carol Jegen

Lawrence Academy of Music Named Friend of the Orchestra

On Tuesday, April 26th, 2011, the Lawrence Academy of Music was named the 2011 “Friend of the Orchestra” for the Appleton Area School District.  The award, presented by superintendent Lee Allinger, was given in recognition of the high-quality, long-term support Academy teachers have provided to AASD string teachers and students.

The Academy was recognized at the Fox Cities Performing Arts Center during the All-City String Festival.  The festival featured more than 700 AASD string students, many of whom are also LAM students.   Karen Bruno, Academy director, thanked the district’s school board and administrators for its ongoing commitment to high-quality string instruction in every school.  Academy teachers Janet Bond Sutter, Caroline Brandenberger, and Susan Sullivan were present during the recognition and joined Bruno on stage to accept the award.

Congratulations to Academy teachers on this wonderful recognition!