What it's like being a music major
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About this livestream
Interested in music and the performing arts, but not sure what it's like to pursue this field in college? Well, wonder no more — in today’s stream, Elias will walk you through his experiences studying music at Tufts, NEC, Harvard, and UMich from his perspective as a now internationally-renowned conductor. Elias also plays the cello, has organized quite a few shows, and is currently continuing his studies in Vienna.
Come by to say hi to Elias or stay for the whole stream to ask him questions about what pursuing music in college can look like for you.
Undergrad College: Harvard University '17
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 CommonApp.org 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.