Final MT Decisions Background - Class of 2023

@artandtechmom congrats, thanks for starting the thread, i am counting the days till i can post for 2024 lol(which probably means ill be “jinxing” myself now into a gap year and be watching till clas of 2025…)

OK, my turn. I added a catergory – Withdrew

Programs Applied to: Wagner, JMU, Otterbein, Viterbo, Molly/CAP 21, Rider, Monclair, Nazareth, Florida Southern, Carnegie, Point Park, Florida Southern, Marymount Manhattan, SUNY Fredonia, SUNY Cortland, Shenandoah, Emerson, Hartt, Fairleigh Dickinson, Baldwin Wallace (Jeez, I just realized how much we spent on app fees!!)

Prescreens: Rider, Viterbo, SUNY Fredonia, Emerson, Nazareth (Passed), Shenandoah, Carnegie, Otterbein (No Thanks)

Accepted to: Nazareth College (BFA MT), Fairleigh Dickinson (BA MT), Florida Southern (BFA MT)

Rejected from: Emerson, Baldwin Wallace

Withdrew from: All others

Wait-listed at: N/A

Coach: None

Summer Programs: Local Intensives and Summer Community Theatre

Background
My son came to this later than some. He did his school show in 6th grade (Once Upon a Mattress) and had fun. He was ensemble, as expected for a 6th grader. Next year, the show was Sound of Music. He wanted to do it again and I said sure, have fun!! After auditions, he calls me at work and says that it went pretty good. I said great honey, just have fun! He was a basketball player and I was happy that he was trying something else other than sports. The next week at school drama, the cast list comes out. He calls me at work after its over and I ask how did it go? What part did you get? He said I don’t know, Mom. Captain something or other. What!!! You’re Captain Von Trapp? I don’t know, mom. Maybe? I’ll show you the list when you get home from work. How could this be? My sports kid doesn’t sing! He can’t sing Adelweiss!!! This is not going to be good!! Yes, he’s tall. Taller than every 7th and 8th grader, so that must be it! He’s the only one who can be a believeable dad. At the next rehearsal I ask the director how can he sing?? He doesn’t sing. I was calmly told, yes, yes he does… nothing to worry about! And, sure as hell, he sang! Wow, mom was shocked! In 8th grade, the director told everyone the play was South Pacific. She said she finally had an 8th grader who could sing This Nearly Was Mine. I said he practically opens the show singing Some Enchanted Evening!!! She told me not to worry. I suppose she was right… there was no looking back after that! That summer he starte voice lessons, joind the High School Chorus and when he was cast as Jean Valjean his Freshman Year over 2 seniors, I knew this was the real deal and rest he figured out what he wanted to do witht he rest of his life.

Ty continued training and added dance over the next few years and I was researching and researching. We started our college visits summer between Sophomore and Junior year. He figured out what he liked in a program and in a campus. We did a lot of campus visits and open houses. My son was the type that needed to be on campus and get a feel for the program and the campus vibe. Originally he thought a BA, but towards Senior Year, he knew he wanted the BFA. He added a Monologue coach before Senior Year and we decided not to go with a national coach. He had two leading contenders going into audition season – Florida Southern and Nazareth College.

We hit the ground running Senior year. Applications check! Prescreens filmed by October - check! Met with Guidance Counselor - Check! Outside recommendations secured and in hand - check! Tyler followed advice and cast a wide net. He had a dream schedule for auditions and it all seemed to fall into place.

Prescreens were submitted and he did not pass CMU, Shenandoah and Otterbein. Passed 5 of the 8 – not so bad!

We did scheduled 6 auditions before Christmas break and put his top contenders in that group. Had all other auditions scheduled after break going through 3/2.

First Audition was Fairleigh Dickinson in October. It went very smoothly and the acceptance came quickly thereafter. Emerson was next. This was the first of the big boys and was more of what to expect from these auditions. It was a long day, but he said it was fun! Baldwin Wallace followed. That was a long day and he found it less fun. Drove up to Rochester, NY from NYC in a November snowstorm for the Nazareth College audition. That was a nightmare! We left at night after his fall show and drove right into the snow. We must have been crazy! Thank God, we made it in one piece, but I swear I thought we were going to drive off the road at least 4 times!! Audition went fabulous and program head called me at home that weekend to express interset! Woo hoo! But no academic acceptance yet and never believe anything until you get it in writing. My son said he felt at home on campus. Flew down to Florida after Thanksgiving for Florida Southern. Again, great audition and loved the program. When we flew home after the weekend my son said it’s Florida or Nazareth. When our plane landed back in NYC, we got the email from BW and it was a no. It didn’t sting that much because he just had a great weekend in Florida and more or less had a verbal from Nazareth (his #1 at this point). Later that week, we got the no from Emerson and a yes with talent scholarship from Florida Southern! At that point, my son decided to withdraw from Hartt the upcoming weekend since he knew Florida would be above Hartt. I agreed with the strategy and was happy to spend a weekend at home! On 12/15, he got the official yes from Nazareth along with favorable financials. Now it was decision time.

Final Decision
My son’s heart was at Nazareth BFA MT. The financial were good and there was a very nice talent scholarship. It would be about the same price as the NY State schools. Based on his 2 visits and research, he like everything about the program. It was his “fit” He decided to commit to Nazareth and withdraw from all other auditions. I hoped he was sure, but he said that is where his heart is and he cannot wait to start this new chapter! We made it official right after the New Year! Tyler will be a Golden Flyer in September!

Congratulations, @NYKaren! So happy he found his perfect fit!

@artandtechmom @NYKaren Congratulations to both of you and to your kids. They both sound wise beyond their years, and were able to make hard decisions look relatively easy. I must say that I am jealous, as we sit here and try to figure everything out. But I know we will eventually get there, and one day I hope to write our story as well as the two of you have. Here’s wishing you and your kids many days and years filled with music, dancing, and laughter. All the best!

@NYKaren, so happy for you and your S. What a great journey and lucky he found what he wanted so soon in the process :).

@artandtechmom Congratulations! So glad your D found he fit! It sounds great. Thank you for sharing!!

Congratulations @NYKaren! Sounds like another fit! Hooray! I love this thread!

Thank you everyone! Doing my research on these MT Boards leading up to senior year was such a huge advantage! Couldn’t have done this without all of you and those that went before. I cant wait to read more of these stories for the Class of 2023!!! Your kids will all land somewhere amazingand perfect for them! Its not about the name of the school. It’s about the training and the fit. Their perseverance, dedication to the craft and drive to succeed will be what leads to their success. These kids are amazing, resillient and inspiring!! I’ll be following everyone’s last leg on this journey!

@NYKaren and @artandtechmom Congrats to you two. It must be a load off your mind of to pull the trigger! Thanks for sharing.

I’ll join the party since my S reached a decision this past weekend . . .

Programs Applied to (MT): Ohio Northern, Ohio University, Northern Kentucky University, Xavier University

Prescreens: None Required

Academically Accepted: All Four

Artistically Accepted: Ohio Northern & Xavier

Artistically Rejected: NKU & Ohio U

Coach: None

Summer Programs: CCM Summer Intensive & Broadway Workshop Audition Program

Background: S has known this has been his calling since about the 4th or 5th grade. He participated in Cincinnati Children’s Theatre Summer Intensive (4-week program) for 4 summers before opting for CCM’s program between his junior and senior years. His high school has a VERY strong and active theatre department so that has been a plus (he has been able to take a drama elective each of his 4 years). He has also been extremely active in the community theatre scene since his freshman year, landing quite a few roles in multiple theatre companies throughout the city.

We started this process well over a year ago researching various schools. We took a bit of a different approach. Some people have remarked it was risky, but it worked for us. One thing I have figured out during this process is that everyone’s journey is different. What works for one person may not work for others. However, I respect EVERYONE’s efforts on the part of their kids. When we initially began to research this process, we kept reading that we needed to apply to no less than 20 schools and probably more towards 30 due to the competitiveness of the entire process. Due to my S’s involvement in community theatre, we have the luxury of having mentors who have gone through this process, worked in NYC, taught at or currently teach at local universities, etc. One of the first pieces of advice we received was that if we intended to keep our sanity (and a positive balance in our checking account), applying to 20+ schools was not the way to go. One individual remarked that my S should really find no more than 8-10 schools that he REALLY wanted to attend and focus on those.

So at the end of his junior year we sat down and came up with our initial list of schools in which he was interested in attending. He preferred to stay relatively close (3-4 hour drive was the max), so that automatically put some parameters on the list. We ended up with 10 schools on the first draft. We elected to visit those 10 before we even thought about applying, so our summer was spent touring the midwest spending a day at each campus. We were able to meet directly with the theatre faculty at most of these as well, so that gave us another data point when evaluating our next steps. This was a GREAT experience for us. There were some schools that he was initially really excited about, but seeing the campus and/or facilities changed his mind. There were others that he was mildly interested in but the faculty elevated them upwards on the list. We also took a realistic look at things. Now I know that every parent thinks their kid has talent (and they all do), but we took a hard look at acceptance rates and elected to remove some schools from the list. For example, CCM is in our backyard, and even thought I think my S has talent, we both looked at the numbers and knew it would be a long shot for him to be accepted there. At the end of the summer, we had narrowed the list from 10 to 4, and began the application process to those schools. Around the same time, he was able to get into an audition workshop in NYC that was VERY valuable in his preparation process.

August hit and we applied to all 4 schools. Some of his choices specified that he had to be academically accepted even before he could schedule an audition. Of the 4 schools, 3 of them were VERY quick to get back with us with academic acceptances. The other was VERY slow, and during the time we were waiting we found out that he could go ahead and secure his audition date without being accepted so we got that on the schedule as well.

The audition process was actually a great experience. We elected to do all on-campus auditions since they were all within driving distance. We scheduled one in mid-November, one in early December, and the final two in mid-January.
He had pros and cons for each school based on his audition experience which just added to the arsenal of information we had accumulated at this point to help drive a decision.

Final Decision:
He went 2 for 4 on artistic acceptances, and it was a difficult decision as he felt that he could be successful and happy at either school. We also had a “head scratching” moment in that one of his rejections actually offered him two talent scholarships for theatre (can’t imagine what they offer their accepted kids!). He loved the smaller school atmosphere at both Ohio Northern and Xavier and also loved the connections that both schools had with visiting outside artists. In discussions with his voice teacher as well as theatre mentors, they all remarked that either school would be a smart choice for him.

Final Decision: Xavier University BA Musical Theatre / Double Majoring in Theatre Education

I think the thing that won him over on Xavier was the extremely personal interest they took in him during the audition process. He spent almost an hour in the room there and split the time getting to sing full songs as well as having one-on-one conversations with the theatre department head. That same person has been quick to answer any question we’ve had during the process. We’ve also been fortunate to attend some of their productions over the past year and they have all been terrific. Their most recent staging of ‘Next to Normal’ was phenomenal. He also appreciated the fact that they aren’t afraid to tackle some of the more edgy/non-mainstream material that you don’t always see being done at colleges. He’s also drawn to the overall liberal arts education as well as the fact that he can double major in Theatre Education. I think he’s also excited to be a part of a program that is growing quickly (both in terms of number of students as well as reputation). I am so impressed with the direction they are heading with the currently director at the helm.

Thanks to everyone for posting tips, advice, watch-outs, etc. While I may not have responded to you directly, I benefited from so many posts. My best wishes to your kids and hope their decision results in the place where they can continue to expand their art.

@Mark80 Congratulations to your son on his decision! It sounds like a wonderful program and a great fit for him!!! It’s wonderful that he will get a chance to double major as well. Wishing him the best of luck on his next four years!

@Mark80. Yay! Congratulations to your son. Xavier sounds like an amazing program and the perfect fit for what he wants. Have fun with the rest of the school year :slight_smile:

Congratulations to your S @Mark80 !! And thank you for sharing your story and journey!

Congratulations to everyone who has made a decision. Look forward to reading more stories!

I love this thread, it’s what makes all the angst and pain in the process worthwhile - when students commit to a school where they fit and a program where they will thrive!

@artandtechmom - wow, that a beautiful story! I am so happy for your D!

@NYKaren - when the fit is right, I guess you just know!!! Awesome.

@Mark80 - I was pulling for Xavier for you guys! Glad your journey came to such a very happy conclusion.

@artandtechmom, welcome to JMU!!! My son is an MT at JMU and absolutely loves everything about it - I can’t imagine a more perfect match for him and I’m so excited for your daughter! Please feel free to contact me with any questions or just to celebrate! Go Dukes!!!

@yaycollege! thank you! I sent you a PM :slight_smile:

@Mark80 my s also auditioned at Xavier. What a remarkable experience we had there as well. And The head of the department was one of the best people we met on the journey your S will be in great hands at a great place! Congrats

I am LOVING all of these remarkable stories. My D is a happy MT Freshman (currently visiting a classmate in S FL for Spring Break); and I promised her I’d “leave” CC once she matriculated, so I’ll keep it brief, lol: Congrats to you all. Exciting times.

@owensfolks I can’t seem to “leave” CC either ?. I just want to support everyone on their journey however I can and rejoice with you all when you “reach the other side” and your amazing Ss and Ds have found their path - whatever it might be!!!