I realize I am asking similar questions to other posts, but in the interest of trying to get the best info for my D, here's her situation. She is a junior in HS. SHe has been studying voice for over 3 years with a wonderful, well respected teacher. DD loves to sing (can't shut her up sometimes), but up until recently felt she was not good enough to pursue music. A lot of this comes, I think, from the fact that she does not a have a typical 17 y.o. voice. It is a BIG voice. Her private voice teacher has said the voice may develop into a spinta or else a lyric soprano. In other words, she does not sound like what most of her fellow HS sopranos sound like, and the voice is not necessarily what her HS teachers were looking for, possibly because it does not blend in with the "lighter" voices that seem more typical at her age.
She was following the typical musical theater route, both in school and in community theater, but in the past year realized that MT was NOT her thing. She wanted to do classical. With the guidance of her vocal coach, she auditioned for and was accepted into a chorus associated with a regional orchestra. She LOVES it, and loves the way her voice is developing doing this type of work (recent performances were Brahms Mass and the Messiah (can't get away from that one at this time of year...).
She has developed confidence in her voice, and now appreciates the "different' qualities it has. She was considering majors such as French and/or International relations. She has been made aware of the rigors and heartbreak that can come from pursuing a music career. But having myself gone through a number of career changes, who am I to judge?
I feel very strongly that she should get a BA rather than a BM, and that she should attend a college or university rather than a conservatory. My thoughts are that since a singer's voice really often doesn't come into its own until the mid 20's, she should major undergrad in something she loves (vocal performance), but have some basis for pursuing a graduate degree in something else if the voice does not develop as she hopes.
So, I would LOVE thoughts and suggestions on schools:
*She does NOT want music theater, instead she wants a good opera program.
*She would prefer a more urban setting.
*She may want to double major in French.
*She has ~3.6 GPA, and will have a few APs under her belt (inc. music theory)
Her voice teacher has talked about U Maryland. Thoughts on that school? How about Temple (we'd get in-state tuition there).