Community Updates

  • Academy of Music Update | March 24

    Following Governor Evers’s “stay at home” order, the Academy will be closed through April 24. The closure will affect each Academy program in a slightly different way, so please take a moment to read this message in its entirety.

    • In-person teaching is suspended during this time. Private lessons will be handled individually by each teacher; expect communication directly from them. Teachers carrying out remote instruction may continue to do so at their discretion.
    • Studio recitals have been postponed until further notice.
    • ABRSM exams have been canceled. Registrants will be contacted when we have information about how refunds will occur.
    • As of March 15, all ensemble instruction (orchestra, bands, choirs, gamelan, and chamber music) has concluded for the semester. All performances previously scheduled for these ensembles (March 21, March 29, April 19, May 24) have been canceled; the return of music and uniforms will take place later this spring.
    • Youth ensemble auditions (ASTRO, Girl Choir, and Wind Ensemble) will be rescheduled. Please watch for an email in early April with further instructions.
    • The spring sessions of Early Childhood Music and Children’s Gamelan have been canceled.
    • Music Enrichment for Those With Special Needs class sessions will be coordinated and communicated directly with the teacher but will not take place during Academy closure dates.
    • Those enrolled with student teachers or in Piano Lab Class will receive additional information from our office.
    • As of this writing, we anticipate that summer programming will continue as planned. Registered families should check their email for more information.

    Please note: these plans may change based upon directives from public health officials or Lawrence University.

    We will send out any further updates via email.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding.

    Sincerely,
    Lawrence Academy of Music Staff


  • POSTPONED – 2020 Crowdfund for LU Athletics | March 23
    Dear Members of the Lawrence Vikings Athletics Family,

    We are in unprecedented times. As campus shared earlier, in order to protect the health and safety of our community, Lawrence’s leadership made the difficult decision to move to distance learning and cancel or postpone spring term activities.

    For several months, we have been looking forward to our 3rd annual Once A Viking, Always A Viking: Crowdfund for LU Athletics, slated for March 31–April 7, 2020. Unfortunately, we have made the decision at this time to postpone the Crowdfund for LU Athletics due to the uncharted and uncertain times our community is navigating. Our staff is devoting its attention and energy to responding to the COVID-19 pandemic.

    Immediate support for our students who are most in need is critical in these challenging times.

    THE LAWRENCE FUND – SUPPORTING OUR STUDENTS (SOS) EMERGENCY FUND:
    We have created The Lawrence Fund Supporting Our Students Emergency Fund. It supports immediate student needs related to the COVID-19 pandemic. You can make a gift today and directly help LU students with the implementation of the newly created distance-learning model, food, travel, housing, and other unexpected expenses.

    We are also still committed to building an eventual Crowdfund that invites the Viking community to come together and tangibly impact our student athletes’ experiences.

    CROWDFUND NEXT STEPS:
    • We will be selecting a new date for our 2020 Crowdfund for LU Athletics later this year once we have a better grasp of how the months ahead will unfold.
    • Once a new date is set, we will let you know. Stay connected to our Athletics website, our social media channels, and our coaches’ e-newletters for an update.
    • Giving to Vikings Athletics remains open within the current Be the Light! Campaign. Gifts can be made here or by contacting Andrew Borresen, Assistant Director of Athletics Giving at 920-832-7486 or andrew.borresen@lawrence.edu.

    Thank you for being a part of our Lawrence Athletics community. Thank you for your understanding in this unprecedented time. And thank you for personifying the hallmark of what it means to be a Lawrence Viking – selfless service & sacrificial leadership to community amid adversity.

    The world needs us, Vikings.

    Yours,
    Christyn Abaray

    Director of Athletics
    Assistant to the President
    #LUVikes4Life

  • Cancellation: Remaining Lunch at Lawrence Series | March 23

    Dear friends,

    The Lawrence University campus leadership is working diligently to monitor rapidly changing conditions about the spread of COVID-19 (novel coronavirus). Our highest priority is the health and well-being of our students, faculty, staff, alumni, and friends. Like every organization today, we are applying federal, state, and regional guidance to make difficult decisions about the community events we host on campus.

    Considering the information currently available, we have decided to cancel the remaining lunches in the 2019-2020 Lunch at Lawrence series. Both of our fantastic speakers have already agreed to reschedule to our season next year and we share those dates with you below. Please see below for your refund options and we look forward to seeing you in October for another year of our Lunch at Lawrence series!

    REFUND OPTIONS

    If you have paid for the full series, or additional lunches this year ($16.50 per person, per lunch), you have two options for your payment.

    REFUNDS

    Over the next two weeks, you will receive a refund for the full amount. The money will be returned to your credit card, or you will receive a check in the mail if you paid by cash or check. This is the default option. No response is required to receive your refund this way.

    SUPPORTING STUDENTS

    If you would prefer to support our current students in this time of uncertainty, you can choose to redirect the funds you have already paid to the Lawrence Fund – Supporting Our Students (SOS) emergency fund. This fund has been established to aid students unexpected and urgent expenses related to the impacts of COVID-19. This fund will make available critical resources for immediate needs like our new distance-learning model, food, travel, housing, and other unexpected expenses.

    If you wish to redirect your funds, please respond directly to this email or call the Office of Alumni & Constituency Engagement at 920-832-7019 by Friday, March 27. If we do not hear from you by March 27, we will refund your payment as noted above. Thank you for your patience as we work through all of these transitions on campus.

    RESCHEDULED SPEAKERS

    Timefulness: How Thinking Like a Geologist Can Help Save the World
    Marcia Bjornerud, Walter Schober Professor of Environmental Studies and professor of geology: Rescheduled to Friday, March 12, 2021

    Gran Kakalin, the Grignon Family, and the Making of Wisconsin
    Peter Peregrine, professor of anthropology: Rescheduled for Friday, February 12, 2021


  • An update on Björklunden seminars | March 20

    Dear Friends of Björklunden,

    Everyone, including Lawrence University and those of us who work and volunteer at Björklunden, is concerned about the current situation with COVID-19 and anxious about the future. We are watching the situation closely. 

    Our 2020 seminar season is scheduled to begin on Sunday, June 14. For now, we still plan to move forward with the series and are looking at measures to ensure that you and other guests, together with instructors, staff, and volunteers, are safe and comfortable at the lodge. But as the spring proceeds, our seminar plans may change. If they do, we will update you on the situation as soon as we can. Like you, we are closely paying attention to guidance from the CDC, local and state health departments, and other reputable sources.

    We will communicate updates via email, our website, and Facebook. You may also call the lodge at 920-839-2216. Please know that we will offer a full refund to all participants in the event of a seminar cancellation. At this point, we are retaining our normal policy for cancellations initiated by individuals, but we intend to revist this, along with other matters, during the weeks and months ahead. If you’d like more information on Lawrence University’s response to COVID-19 and its most recent updates, please visit the Lawrence University COVID-19 website

    We sincerely thank you all for your support and patience as, together, we navigate this uncertain time. With all hope, we will welcome you to Björklunden soon. 

    Sincerely,

    Mark Breseman ’78

    Executive Director

    Alex Baldschun

    Assistant Director 

    You now have the opportunity to register and pay online, as you can tell from the new seminar materials. Or you can register as you’ve always done, by contacting Alex Baldschun at 920-839-2216, emailing bjorkseminars@lawrence.edu, or by mail.


  • Refund Information for Jazz and Artist Series Events

    In response to the COVID-19 virus, Lawrence University has cancelled all campus events, such as lectures, theatre productions, musical performances, art exhibits, and other large public gatherings, for the remainder of the academic year. 

    We will offer refunds for the remaining Artist Series and Jazz Series events, though we are grateful to anyone who would consider their ticket purchase a donation in support of our programs at this difficult time. Ticket donation receipts can be requested by contacting the Lawrence University Box Office at box_office@lawrence.edu.

    If you would like a refund, please contact the Box Office by phone at 920-832-6749, or by emailing box_office@lawrence.edu. All tickets purchased by credit card will be refunded to the original point of purchase. If you purchased your tickets with cash or by check, you will receive your refund by check.

    We treasure being able to share the experience of live performance with our community, and we will miss all of you over the coming months more than we can say. We look forward to welcoming you back into our gathering spaces as soon as it is safe to do so. In the meantime, be well, and look toward music, art, and literature as a balm for your soul in the coming days. 

    Yours in music,

    Brian Pertl

    Dean of the Conservatory


  • Academy of Music Closure | March 16

    Dear Academy Family:

    Due to the COVID-19 virus, all Academy programming will be suspended beginning this Wednesday, March 18 through at least April 5. The Academy building will be closed to the public during this time period. The closure will affect each Academy program in a slightly different way, so please take a moment to read this message in its entirety.

    • Ensemble instruction (orchestra, bands, choirs, gamelan, and chamber music) has concluded for the semester. All performances previously scheduled for these ensembles (March 21, March 29, April 19, May 24) have been canceled; the return of music and uniforms will take place later this spring. As of this writing, all auditions for 2020-21 will take place as scheduled. You will receive more information about auditions and materials collection in later email messages.
    • Private lessons will be handled individually by each teacher; expect communication directly from them. Some will delay instruction and make up lessons in late May, others will offer remote learning options via Zoom, FaceTime, or other online platforms. Academy teachers will not teach lessons in person – at the Academy, their home, or your home – during this window of time. As of this writing, May recitals will still take place as scheduled, but this could change if the Academy closure is extended.
    • ABRSM is deciding whether or not examinations will take place on April 17, as the examiner is scheduled to travel from the UK. Please watch your email for further information as it becomes available.
    • The spring sessions of Early Childhood Music and Children’s Gamelan have been canceled.
    • Music Enrichment for Those With Special Needs class sessions will be coordinated and communicated directly with the teacher, but will not take place during Academy closure dates.
    • Those enrolled with student teachers or in Piano Lab Class will receive additional information from our office soon.
    • As of this writing, we anticipate that summer programming will continue as planned.

    Thank you for your patience and understanding. Should we need to extend the closure past April 5, you will receive another email message from us.

    Sincerely,

    Karen Bruno 
    Director, Lawrence Academy of Music
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