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I would really appreciate it if anyone would be willing to read this and give me any feedback or advice. I'm currently looking at Yale, Notre, Dame, Princeton, Indiana University Bloomington, and the University of Iowa.
Long story short, I was struggling to decide whether or not I wanted to study music in a conservatory or music school, or whether I wanted to go to a regular university/college and get a BA in music. I finally decided I would rather just go to a regular college or university.
With COVID-19 I haven't been able to get a feel for each college. The places I have gone, I haven't really fallen in love with. I know I have until January to write my essays but I would really like to apply early to my dream reach school, and I can't decide which one this should be, or if I should add more schools to my list that I haven't considered.
SAT: 1480 (750 R/W, 730 M)
6 AP courses (I've gotten a 3, 4, and 5, and the other three AP tests I still have yet to take)
Singer-songwriter, three complete albums available on streaming services like Spotify, Apple Music, etc.
Violinist, concertmaster of high school orchestra
Showchoir, section leader (sophomore and junior years only)
National Honor Society
My intended major is a BA in Music, although I'm also interested in Creative Writing, French/Italian, and Religious Studies. In college I'm interested in being a part of an orchestra and hopefully in studying abroad as long as it is not a financial problem. The orchestra does not have to be stellar, because I am a relatively new player (I began freshman year) and therefore would probably struggle to even get into an orchestra full of outstanding players.
My family most likely does not qualify for need-based assistance, but we don't make so much that it would be very easy to simply pay full tuition at Yale, for instance.
Can anyone talk about music at these schools? Also, are there any more schools that I should consider? I realize my list is relatively short and also a bit of a strange collection. I can explain more about why those particular schools are on my list if need be.
(In the past I've also looked at Duke, Vanderbilt, Brown, Carleton, Colorado College, Northwestern).