Hi there. So I'm a rising senior at a small liberal arts college in North Carolina, and I'm a violin major (to give you an idea of the size of this college, I'm the first violin major they've ever had - my teacher's amazing though). I hope to eventually have a career in violin performance so I'm starting to look for grad schools/conservatories that I can hopefully audition for this year and ultimately go to right after I graduate. I desperately need help deciding which grad schools or conservatories to look at and/or apply to. I know I should mostly choose depending on the teacher but my parents and I are both pretty poor and I can't really afford any travel expenses, plus I'd like to go somewhere far away-ish (as in away from the North Carolina area and the New Jersey area - my parents are from New Jersey and I grew up here.)
What I know I want in a grad school/conservatory:
In or close to a city (an artsy city would be perfect)
Friendly, relatively non-competitive atmosphere
Teacher who I connect with (once I narrow the choices down I plan on emailing the teachers and getting to know them that way)
Does anyone have any recommendations/suggestions/anything that might help me in this process? Thank you so much!
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