My S is a HS senior applying at several conservatories next fall. I was just approached by an older couple who know me and have heard my son perform on several occasions. Apparently, they are "large" contributors to one of the major conservatories and would really like my son to apply there. They have offered to write letters to or call faculty and administration on his behalf. I'm a little uncomfortable with this. 1) Would it make any difference? 2) Is this ever done? They've also asked to be able to contribute to my S's expenses, wherever he is accepted, which is nice.