What it's like being a music major

Recorded Thursday, May 13 at 09:00 PM

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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.

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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 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.

Audience questions

These are questions from the audience that we had time to answer during the live session. If you have any other questions, you can request an answer from Elias and other CollegeVine experts in an upcoming livestream or on the Q&A Forum anytime.
0:34@Wenjie:What’s your other degree besides Cellist when applying for double degrees?
28:08@Wenjie:My son is interested in double majors Chemistry/piano. But I heard Ivys don’t have much instrument performance programs except Yale?
38:20@Wenjie:Can you apply as undefined major first?
39:42@mirellarichard:What about Oberlin?
40:40@Wenjie:How do you showcase your skill without auditions?
45:22@Wenjie:Sending in the audition recording helps?
47:58@Wenjie:How’s your career outlook as a musician?
53:06@Wenjie:Thank you so much🙏 Good luck 👍


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