I am currently a junior in high school, planning on pursuing violin performance post-secondary. I started playing the violin at age 5, participating/winning in local competitions, and winning 2 orchestra concerto competitions. I have been debating about what schools I should narrow down to auditioning/applying for, but it’s been very hard to.
Some of the most recent pieces i’ve been working on are:
Sibelius violin concerto
Vieuxtemps concerto no. 5
Beethoven sonata no. 2
Saint Saens Intro and Rondo Capriccioso
Bach Sicilianno Sonata no.1
In the past, I have performed the mendelssohn concerto, and saint saens concerto no. 3 mvt 3.
Also, here is a link to my latest recording of the Vieuxtemps, https://youtu.be/GTlrqDMA8Vc which I’m still working on, and a link to Bach sonata no 1 adagio and fugue https://youtu.be/DCRWUd7soeE.
Since I am from Canada, my safe choice, but still a very good option for me is the Mcgill schulich school of music. I’ve had lessons with Axel Strauss in the past, and this coming summer I will get the chance to play for him, as well as 2 other Mcgill professors.
The second main school I am interested in at the moment is Carnegie Mellon.I'm interested in one of the faculty members that will be joining this fall, whom I've worked with in the past. I do think the teacher will be a great fit for me, but I'd like to know what the other students/teachers there are like. Other schools i’ve been looking at include Jacobs school of music, NEC, Cleveland, and Toronto.
What is the level of playing like at each of the schools? How is the atmosphere? How would you describe the communication between the student and professor?
My main concern is the atmosphere, and opportunities given to students. Of course at a bigger school, you will get less chances to be in the spotlight, but is it still worth it to attend such school? I personally enjoy being surrounded by more people, as I feel very inspired to work hard around those who are better than me, but I am also afraid that I will be engulfed by others.
Do you think my level of playing would suffice for the schools above that I have mentioned? If you have any sort of feedback on my playing, or on any schools you think are very beneficial, please let me know! Thanks so much.
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