Dean Pertl

Welcome! I'm Brian Pertl, Dean of the Conservatory, and I couldn't be more excited about what is going on at Lawrence.

With a background as a Lawrence double  degree student  in trombone performance and English, an ethnomusicologist, didjeridu player, lecturer, performer, and a 16 year manager at Microsoft, I feel like I am ideally suited to discuss how a Lawrence Conservatory education is the  perfect preparation for a musical life in the 21st century. This page features blogs (over there on the left side-bar!) which focus on various aspects of our conservatory and our educational philosophy. Check it out, and if you have further comments or questions feel free to contact me directly at

Looking forward,

Brian Pertl