**Programs Applied to: Michigan, Elon, Texas State, Syracuse, Ithaca, Emerson, Kent State, CCPA, Penn State, Marymount Manhattan, DeSales, Muhlenberg, CCM, BOCO, Indiana, Illinois Wesleyan, Montclair State, missed out on audition date for BW, and did not send in auditions for wagner, but applied to college.
ADDED four walk ins: Arcadia, UNCO, UAB and Nazareth.
Prescreens: Tons of rejections, but passed Ithaca, Syracuse, Emerson, Kent State, CCPA, Illinois Wesleyan.
Accepted to: Muhlenberg, DeSales, Arcadia, Northern Colorado, Nazareth, UAB, Wagner for VP. WL: Marymount, Syracuse.
Rejected from: The list is long and painful. Almost all audition schools, with the exception of MMM and Syracuse wait lists, but then the walk ins happened and she went four out of four acceptances!!!
**Wait-listed at:**MMM, Syracuse
**Coach:**My College Audition, Gigi Watson
Summer Programs: None, other than Stagedoor Manor theater camp
**Background:**Okay this was quite a long, twisted road, or a roller coaster, or any number of metaphors. We started out bright eyed and optimistic, with DD having dreams of Michigan. It was brutal. That’s all I can say. She struggled a lot with covid and the general decimation of her senior year, and fitting in the prescreen filming, application etc. etc. In retrospect, I feel that we rushed the prescreens, and that while they were mostly great, one of her songs (the ballad, modern era), in no way did her justice. In fact, I think I turned out to be right, which I will explain below.
Nevertheless, her yield on prescreens gave her some great options: Syracuse, Ithaca, Emerson, IWU, CCPA and KSU all said yes. Many others said no, see above.
Her first audition was Ithaca, which came the day after Michigan said no to her prescreen. The audition went fabulously well. They spent a lot of time with her, complimented her on her dancing, singing and acting and she left with Ithaca in first place and a feeling of optimism. Other auditions went fine. When Syracuse asked for an audition that included different material, she changed the modern era ballad. What a difference. The song was MUCH more dynamic, belty, and IMO indicative of her talent and energy.
During this time the director of Vocal Performance at Wagner contacted her. he had seen how many music theory courses and choral groups she was involved in during HS, and invited her to consider his program. She loved connecting with him and learning more about Wagner, however, VP was not her goal, she wanted MT.
We met with our coach in early January, sitting with a list of 6 audition schools and 4 non audition schools still in play, and we all felt it was important to consider adding more schools. Fortunately walk ins had just been announced, so DD signed up for five schools (ended up applying for four of them).
Meanwhile, I was starting to lose sleep. I could see how brutal this process is, I wondered about the impact of the second song, and I was really anxious. Even had moments of worrying about being shut out. I knew Muhlenberg would be a yes so that gave me comfort, but they don’t tell you that for sure until March. So January was a bleak month. At this point her top choices were Ithaca, number one, and Wagner number two.
Early February she got he news that Ithaca was a no, and this was AWFUL She was sure she would at least be wait listed, and I was reminded of what you always hear…don’t count on anything meaning anything, even if you get great feedback in the audition room.
Happily, before walk ins with some push from coach, she decided to use the new song she had sent to Syracuse. The night before walk ins, my whole mood shifted. I just knew she was going to do well with this song and with the opportunity to audition school after school for a day (how she works best, she picks up energy as she goes!!!)
She felt great during walk ins, except between school number 4 and number 5 she realized something horrifying!! She had applied to Wagner, but realized she had not sent in the youtube audition they requested. She just hadn’t done it. It had been requested int he midst of a flurry of things and it hadn’t happened. ACK!!! Being the performer she is, she still pulled off a fabulous fifth audition, but then kicked herself.
She wrote to the school, and they could not have been nicer. They gave her lots of suggestions of ways she could come study anyway, but it was too late to be considered for MT for this year. Interestingly when she wrote to the program director her response was very kind and included, sometimes crazy things happen for some reason. That may very well be the truest thing we’ve heard in a while.
March could have been a nightmare, rejections galore. However, stunningly, she got into four out of four walk in schools!!! And she did get a WL at Marymount Manhattan. Ultimately the last school to notify was Syracuse which was also a WL. A nice boost for a battered ego!!
She began exploring her options which were by now six schools: UAB, UNCO, Nazareth, Arcadia, Muhlenberg and De Sales. All gave significant merit and talent scholarships. But she couldn’t stop thinking about what had been her second choice and had become her top choice: Wagner. Around that time the VP director wrote to her and invited her to audition for the music scholarship. She sent in her two songs, and he offered her admission to the VP program and a SIGNIFICANT academic, music and housing scholarship.
WHEW! Visited several of her options, even flew to Colorado. Loved Nazareth in particular. Felt she would fit in beautifully, it’s a great BFA in MT, which is what she had been aiming for.
But…she kept saying…but, Mom, Wagner just feels like home. She explored the VP option further, speaking to some theater professors, who encouraged her to come and take acting and dance classes along with VP. These conversations only convinced her further that this was her home.
Last week she went to check out Colorado. I was speaking to her on the phone and while she really liked the program, my mom gut told me what was going to happen. Just like I knew she would kill it and get into the walk in schools, I also knew she was about to decided, and it was going to Be Wagner for her. Before she even committed, I went ahead and ordered the merchandise, bc I knew it was coming.
She got home, met with her coach, and two days before turning 18, she committed to Wagner!!!
FINAL DECISION: Wagner VP, minor in theater studies.
Interestingly, her voice teacher is THRILLED. She believes my DD is destined to perform more in the operetta mode and thinks this major makes all kind of sense. So maybe things DO happen for crazy reasons we can’t see.
Morals of the story:
–It ain’t over til it’s over. But don’t be afraid to add schools later on in the process.
–Keep evaluating your material, if something doesn’t seem to be really doing your kid justice it’s important to change it.
–Your kid can land somewhere completely not on your radar. And they really do respond very differently to schools and “vibes” and in the end that’s what truly matters the most.
–SPECIAL THANKS TO @NYYFanNowMTdad who saw me through my dark night of the soul when I was sure we would be totally shut out and all was doom and gloom.