Seems like a lot of wisdom on this forum - glad I found it. Seeking any guidance from experienced musicians/parents on college programs/criteria, as we are new to all this...
My child (sophomore) is a 1st chair bassist for a top youth orchestra (Chicago Youth Orchestra). She is working in Bille method, and currently playing Dragonetti and Koussevitzky concertos. Her teacher is in the CSO. She is a district/all-state musician and was selected to play with YoYo Ma. She has attended Blue Lake masters camp, performed for many ISB/bass professors at conferences (with excellent evaluations), and toured Europe. And most importantly, she loves playing the bass.
She has stellar academics - I think a 4.6 on a 4.0 scale - at a competitive high school. She is currently taking AP Chemistry, AP History, Gifted Honors English, Gifted Pre-calc (AP calculus BC next year), Honors French, Honors Orchestra - anticipate all A's.
She plays 2 HS sports (1 varsity), is in several clubs (including president of one she just founded) and volunteers extensively (on student hospital board, adaptive sports guide, foreign mission trips, music ambassador for inner city, etc.). She never stops going...
She loves music and science, particularly chemistry. She also loves helping people. She would like to be a doctor, maybe in orthopedics as she loves working with adaptive athletes. She is interested in dual degree programs in music/bass and science/chemistry, at highly selective schools. What are the options for her in this area?
Unfortunately she really doesn't want to look at Northwestern University or UChicago because they are too close to home (even though the music dept./bass prof. know her at these great schools). I am trying to persuade her on that one..
She is currently researching the Harvard/New England Conservatory dual degree, and other Ivy League programs (Yale music). I think she wants to apply early decision to one of these schools.
She has even downloaded the music repertoire of their top players/professors, so she can plan her pieces/path for future auditions. She is a very motivated, self-driven person.
Would appreciate any guidance/perspective on all this..