I'm a violist looking to study music in college, but I'm a few years behind my peers so I know I won't be able to get into a conservatory. I'm applying for Questbridge colleges (don't know if I'm a finalist yet but I'll still submit applications through them). The list is Questbridge colleges (minus a few). I was wondering if someone knew if any of them have viola teachers that stand out.
University of Chicago
University of Notre Dame
University of Pennsylvania
University of Southern California
University of Virginia
Washington and Lee University
I am concerned that if I go to a college that also has a conservatory that I won't be able to compete with the conservatory musicians for lesson spots. Is this a legitimate reason to not go to a school with a conservatory?