<p>We got some surprising and confusing results, but the conclusion was wonderful. Much of what we had learned by reading this forum turned out to be true.</p>
<p>Things we discovered were true:</p>
<p>--There is no such thing as a safety school in an auditioned program.<br>
--It definitely pays to reach.
--Get the highest grades and test scores as possible, it will help with scholarship offers.
--Admissions really can be a crap shoot.
--Follow your gut instincts, the stars just may align for you.
--It is an excellent idea to do an "open house" type audition for an early admit.
--It is not impossible for sopranos to get merit $.</p>
<p>Things we suspect may be true:</p>
<p>--Unless you consistently win every competition, every role, you should probably apply to at least 10 schools.
--For schools with rolling admissions, it can help to audition at an early date if you can.
--For voice, schools and faculty may have a preference for a certain type of sound (ie dark vs. light, etc) and there is not much you can do about it.
--NO program exists that has everything you would like. No matter what, you have to compromise.
--Things will usually turn out for the best.</p>
<p>D's experience: She filled out applications for 10 schools: a variety of conservatories, universities, LAC's, some double major, some dual degrees. Academically, all were matches or safeties. Because she had a good offer relatively early on, she withdrew applications at 2 schools, so only 8 were full applications. 4 were reach schools, ie, pre-screens required. Of those, 3 out of 4 were rejected. That left 5 possible schools. Of these, 1 was what we (and her teachers) considered a "match," 3 "safeties," and the one reach school. 4 auditions were in person, one was regional, ie, recorded by a staff member and viewed later by faculty. The auditions: D felt she did her very best audition at her reach school, and she also did well at the match and two of the three safeties. The results: rejected by the "match" (regional audition), rejected by what we had considered the "uber-safety" (She had had a lesson w/faculty with very positive feedback and plenty of encouragement and post-lesson attention--that teacher was NOT at the audition), accepted by 2 safeties, one with a large academic scholarship but no music merit, the other with no merit $. She was accepted by her "uber-reach" with a music merit scholarship that the financial aid officer described this way: "a top-tier scholarship, they must really want her, there are very few applicants who get more than that...." </p>
<p>After a few rejections in a row, there was a point at which my D felt crushed, "I guess I shouldn't be a music major...." A few days later, a very attractive offer from Eastman. This had been D's number one choice from the very beginning. Gratitude and relief.</p>