Making it Big: Success in the arts

Recorded Thursday, April 22, 2021 at 09:00 PM

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About this livestream


So you want to be famous. Success in the arts can be a tricky thing, so join Elias this Thursday to learn his strategies for becoming an international superstar.

Elias will be going over everything you need to know about pursuing a career in the arts, from applying to collegiate art programs in high school to navigating the job market afterwards. Stop by to ask a few questions for this Vienna-based conductor, or stick around the whole time to learn how you too can make a living as an artist.

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Undergrad College: Harvard University '17

Major: Music

Graduate College: University of Michigan, M.M.

Work Experience: Now in my fourth year at CollegeVine, I have helped dozens of students gain acceptance to their top-choice schools and have also advised and mentored thousands more through my livestreams. Apart from my work at CV, I am also a professional conductor and a multi-instrumentalist. I currently serve as the music director of the Apollo Ensemble of Boston, and I have led symphonic concerts and operatic productions throughout the United States.

My Admissions Story: Initially interested in pursuing a career as a performing cellist, I applied almost exclusively to music schools with dual and double degree options and ultimately enrolled in the Tufts University/New England Conservatory Dual Degree Program. Unhappy with the combined program and worried I'd never feel like I was fully a student at either school, I logged back into in October of my freshman year. I can't say I went about the transfer process in the smartest way (I only applied to two schools!), but Harvard miraculously accepted me (or 'excepted me' as I wrote in a celebratory Facebook post that day - no one ever let me live that one down), and the rest was history.


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