My daughter applied to the double degree program but was not invited to audition for the conservatory. She was admitted to the college, and is now choosing between Oberlin, Dickinson, and Kenyon. She didn’t apply to any other conservatories, as she knew she wanted to combine music with another field (physics/astrophysics), and will double-major.
The question now – as a non-conservatory student, will her options in vocal performance be limited, compared to other schools? For example, she can audition for faculty lessons, but may not be selected, in which case she’ll be taking lessons with a student. At other schools, she’ll be taking lessons with faculty, but comparing Oberlin conservatory faculty to other LAC faculty in music isn’t apples-to-apples. She may not get into the faculty-directed college choirs, whereas she is virtually guaranteed to be in the college choirs at the other colleges. At Oberlin, she’ll be surrounded by musical performances and events, whereas that won’t be the case elsewhere. At other schools, she’ll be a star (she has been throughout high school), whereas at Oberlin she’ll be a second class citizen (in vocal performance). Conservatory students will have first crack at slots in classes, but on the other hand there are a lot more music courses offered. Love to hear the thoughts of current students or parents, especially those who have studied music as a non-conservatory student.
Happy to hear non-music-related thoughts about the Oberlin/Kenyon/Dickinson decision, as well!