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My daughter is a HS freshman, and has recently decided that she want to pursue a BM in cello performance. She isn't quite so clear on what kind of program she is looking for, though I think she is thinking about a conservatory affiliated with a university, then either a stand-alone conservatory or a university with a strong music program.
We live in Washington state, and two of the state colleges (Central Washington University and Western Washington University) have decent programs, and would be affordable. But I'd like to start scoping out a few other programs so that we might schedule visits if/when we are near them. We can't afford the full cost of most private (or out of state) programs, so we would want to target schools with a strong cello program that offer reasonable need (or merit) aid.
One school she is interested in is Lawrence Conservatory (Lawrence University). What other schools should we be exploring at this point?