I am an international (Asian male) senior who is currently trying to apply to US universities as a music major (BA). I had a few questions I wanted to ask.
GPA: 4.7/5 (Unweighted) - No class rank, but highest percentile in class (competitive private high school)
APs: AP Calculus AB/BC, AP Statistics, AP Physics C - Electricity and Magnetism (took the max amount of APs (and rigorous) available at my school)
SAT: 1420 - hoping for a score of 1450 or higher.
LoRs and Essays: I won’t say much because it’s subjective, but one thing I will say is that my common app is very personal (related to my journey with the guitar).
ECs (Music main)
I have been playing classical guitar at the highest level in my country (country name withheld to protect privacy). I have won 3 awards in international competitions, over 10 awards in national level competitions, participated in over 15 masterclasses and festivals, and have had my name and competition results published in a guitar magazine (name withheld for privacy). I have also appeared as a guest artist at concerts for public institutions and conservatories.
I have organized masterclasses and concerts (for young aspiring guitarists, with 30 to 40 participants per event) for touring top international guitarists, raising a total of more than $20000 for these artists (for non-profit purposes, with the goal of reducing the cost of masterclasses and concert tickets, I did not take any commissions in exchange allowing myself to take the masterclasses ).
Participated and volunteered as a tour leader/interpreter/translator (speak three languages) for public master classes and festivals. Participated in planning and attracting aspiring guitarists and amateurs from (country name) to join the festival (abroad) as a tour group (I negotiated with the management to get a tour group discount).
Other non-music related ECs:
Student President (Student Government) for 3 years
Team leader of a project to translate U.S. university classes into my native language.
Internships at hospitals and universities (College of Medicine)
I’m applying as a music major (BA), not to schools like Juilliard or SFCM, because I don’t want to pursue only music (I want to go to a LAC where I can do music and other things). I am interested in applying to schools like Harvard, Stanford, Columbia, and Vanderbilt (I may apply to cross program). If I am applying as a music major, am I not academically suited for these schools? Are the music majors at these schools very competitive? Would being an Asian male give me an advantage in the application process because I play an instrument that is not commonly known (classical guitar)?
- I am not applying for financial aid.
- I will be submitting supplemental materials and a letter of recommendation from my guitar teacher of 14 years (recordings of myself playing in concerts and competitions (music from Bach to Toru Takemitsu)).
I look forward to hearing from you all!